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New Jersey Enacts Multiple Employment Laws.

September 30, 2013

New Jersey employers should be aware of three new laws that apply to them, dealing with social media privacy, retaliation, and domestic violence leave. 

  • The “Facebook bill,” which takes effect on December 1, 2013, prohibits employers from requiring or requesting access information for an employee’s personal social media account.
  • The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination was amended, effective immediately, to prohibit retaliation against employees who request information from a current or former co-worker regarding the job title, occupational category, rate of compensation (including benefits), gender, race, ethnicity, military status or national origin of any employee with regard to determining or complaining about discriminatory treatment concerning pay, bonuses or other compensation or benefits.
  • Effective October 1, 2013, the New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE Act) requires employers to provide unpaid leave of up to 20 days in a 12-month period for employees to deal with circumstances resulting from domestic violence or sexually violent offenses, either for themselves or for a family member.  Employers are required to display a SAFE Act poster issued by the NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development.