A constitutional amendment raising the minimum wage in New Jersey and tying future increases to the Consumer Price Index could harm business, says Patrick McCarthy in a January 31st Law360 article. Following Gov. Chris Christie's veto of a proposed wage hike, state Democrats may bring forward a constitutional amendment on the issue to the state's voters. The amendment would raise the minimum wage and tie future increases to the Consumer Price Index. Patrick says that such an amendment could hurt NJ businesses by locking in an increase without taking into consideration future economic changes, which in turn could make the state less appealing to new business. He tells Law360 that, "Putting an airplane on automatic pilot is risky if the pilot can not take back the manual controls for an extended period, if at all."
Francine Esposito and Arielle Sepulveda wrote an article, “Federal Contractors Will Have To Provide Paid Sick Time,” for Pratt’s Government Contracting Law. The article explains the policies federal contractors and subcontractors need to have in place by January 1, 2017 to meet the requirements of a recent Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama for paid sick time. Specifically, federal contractors and subcontractors must allow their employees to earn at least seven days of paid sick time each year if they do not already have policies in place that provide the same amount.
Patrick McCarthy, Dan Schwartz and Basil Sitaras authored a blog post, “NLRB Again Invalidates Arbitration Agreements,” that was picked up by New Jersey Law Journal. The post examines Acevedo v. Amex Card Servs. Co., Case No. 28-CA-123865, in which the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) again found that arbitration agreements that include class action waivers are illegal and unenforceable under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
Basil Sitaras, Daniel Schwartz and Patrick McCarthy co-wrote an article, "NLRB Again Invalidates Arbitration Agreements," for Law360. The article analyzes the decision in in Acevedo v. Amex Card Servs. Co., Case No. 28-CA-123865, in which the National Labor Relations Board held that arbitration agreements that include class action waivers are illegal and unenforceable under the National Labor Relations Act.
Patrick McCarthy was quoted in an article, “Former exec's conviction puts spotlight on safety for high-risk industries; Deadly mine explosion resulted in underwriting rethink by insurers,” in Business Insurance. McCarthy was quoted in connection with the significance of a case, in which Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy Co., was acquitted of all felony charges, but convicted of a misdemeanor conspiracy charge for willfully violating U.S. mine health and safety standards that resulted in a 2010 explosion that killed 29 coal miners in West Virginia.
The Day Pitney alert, "Federal Contractors Must Provide Paid Sick Time in the Future," authored by Francine Esposito and Arielle B. Sepulveda was referenced in a Staffing Industry Analysts article, "New Bill Would 'Ban the Box' for Federal Contractors." In addition to the Fair Chance Act, the article discusses the executive order signed by President Obama that requires federal contractors to provide paid sick time leave. Esposito and Sepulveda noted that the requirement applies to all federal contracts awarded on or after January 1, 2017.
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