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Morristown Newest Municipality to Require Paid Sick Leave

Although the State of New Jersey has yet to pass a law requiring employers to offer paid sick leave, a number of New Jersey municipalities have taken it upon themselves to mandate this benefit. As of January 11, 2017, Morristown now requires that, with some limited exceptions, any employee working in Morristown 80 or more hours in a year must be provided sick leave.

There are now at least 13 municipalities in New Jersey that have passed their own sick leave laws including: Bloomfield, East Orange, Elizabeth, Irvington, Jersey City, Montclair, New Brunswick, Newark, Passaic, Patterson, Plainfield and Trenton. This has become a legal landmine for employers, as sick leave requirements differ widely among municipalities.

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Jeri L. Abrams, Giordano Halleran, Employment Documentation Lawyer, Workplace Litigation Attorney,Labor & Employment

Jeri focuses primarily on employment law, with an emphasis on drafting and negotiating complex employment-related documentation, such as executive employment, consulting, restrictive covenant, commission, bonus, retention, change-in-control and severance agreements. Jeri counsels employers on a broad range of employment matters, including hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, family and medical leaves, disability leaves and accommodations, anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation laws, wage and hour compliance, and reductions in workforce. She works closely...

Ari G. Burd, Shareholder, Giordano Law Firm, Labor & Employment, Cannabis Law, Health Care

Ari devotes his time to assisting and defending employers with regard to traditional employment issues. He frequently counsels employers for compliance with New Jersey laws and has extensive transactional and litigation experience.

Ari has litigated employment matters throughout the state, having made appearances in almost every Superior Court in New Jersey, as well as before both Federal District Courts in New Jersey and the Federal and State Courts in New York.  These actions have involved a diverse range of claims such as wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, enforcement of non-compete/restrictive covenant provisions and wage and hour disputes.  Ari also assists businesses during all stages of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Division of Civil Rights (DCR), Wage and Hour and Department of Labor (DOL) investigations.  In addition to his litigation experience, Ari regularly assists clients with the preparation and review of employment related documents, such as employment agreements, policies and handbooks.

Ari has spoken on numerous occasions to New Jersey businesses regarding employment related issues and is the co-author and regular contributor to the New Jersey Labor and Employment Law Blog, which provides news and updates for employers regarding all labor and employment matters throughout New Jersey.

In addition to his labor and employment law practice, Ari also assists the firm's health care clients, providing counsel to hospitals, physicians, and physician groups in matters, generally involving employment, contract and HIPAA issues.