Scott Ohnegian Quoted in New Jersey Business Article Re New Employment Law Regulations in NJ
Scott A. Ohnegian, Chair of Riker Danzig’s Labor and Employment Group, was tapped by New Jersey Business magazine to provide insight regarding the impact the new regulations in employment law in New Jersey will have on both small and large businesses. The article, entitled “NJ’s New Employment Law Regulations,” discusses recent changes to sick leave, family leave, minimum wage, discrimination, equal pay and more. Scott told New Jersey Business that “as of June 30, the definition of an employer that must comply with the [family leave] statute was reduced from 50 to 30 employees.” “That still means there’s a small business exemption. Thirty employees is not a large company by any stretch of the imagination. However, for a business of that size to have to pay their employees while out on leave is not a small expense,” said Scott. He also explains another recent law that increases the state’s minimum wage, and how the increase may actually decrease the number of people smaller employers hire. “These types of laws will certainly raise the cost of doing business in New Jersey, and we could start to see smaller employers intentionally employing fewer people,” said Scott. “Even though these laws are passed in an attempt to benefit New Jersey residents, sometimes they can end up hurting more than they help.”
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