January 2020 Archives

Business partnerships on shaky ground

The idea of having a partner in your business venture may have developed as you explored your options and developed your business plan. On the other hand, it is possible that the original idea for your venture included a partner, and together you built your business model. No matter how a partnership starts, there is always the risk that it will end badly.

Crown Act Signed into Law in December 2019 Will Change Employee Policies and Enforcement

In December 2019, Gov. Murphy signed into law the new Crown Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair Act) which includes discrimination based upon "traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles, such as braids, locks and twists." This law, arising from incident of an Atlantic County student wrestler who was forced by an official to cut his dreadlocks, will now make it unlawful to discriminate against an employee for the nature and style of their hair.

Business Best Practices for 2020

As you look forward to the year ahead, you should be taking the time to evaluate your existing systems and processes. This is particularly important if you have not updated your HR policies within the last year and are not keeping up with the changes in NJ law as they apply to your business and your employees. Beware, there have been and are going to be a lot of big changes in the rules that govern how you employ and manage your workers.

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