Monthly Archives: August 2015

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules That “Watchdog” Employees Can Be Protected As Whistleblowers

In 2014, we posted on this blog about a legal question that had yet to be definitively resolved in New Jersey: namely, whether whistleblowing employees are protected under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (“CEPA”) when their job duties require them to monitor and report on the legality of their employer’s conduct. These “watchdog” employees include… Read more »

I’ve Almost Used Up My 12 Weeks of FMLA Leave. If I Ask My Employer For More Leave, Do I Risk Getting Fired

Illness happens to nearly all of us – or to our spouses, children, or parents – over the course of our working lives. Further, some conditions like cancer, heart disease and depression are recurring and necessitate a series of temporary medical leaves. Fortunately, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (the “FMLA”) requires businesses that… Read more »

Supreme Court Safeguards the Religious Freedom of Employees in Failure-to-Hire Case

While the 2015 Supreme Court term saw a lot of dissension and split decisions, the high court ruled definitively, 8-1, in favor of job applicants seeking protection from religious discrimination in employment under federal law. Specifically, in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc., the Court ruled that, to prove discrimination under… Read more »