Governor Phil Murphy Expands New Jersey Striking Workers’ Rights to Unemployment Benefits

On August 10, 2018, Governor Phil Murphy signed a law expanding striking workers’ rights to unemployment benefits under certain conditions, protecting both union and non-union employees. The new law applies for claims for unemployment benefits for a period of unemployment commencing on or after July 1, 2018. Under prior New Jersey law, a striking worker was eligible to receive unemployment benefits only if: (1) the worker was not financing, participating, or directly interested in the labor dispute which caused the work stoppage; and (2) the worker did not belong to a group or class of workers at the job site who were financing, participating, or directly interested in the dispute immediatel

Medical Marijuana in the New Jersey Workplace

On January 18, 2010, the New Jersey Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act (CUMMA), N.J.S.A. 24:6I-1 et seq., was signed into law to protect from arrest and other penalties patients who use marijuana to alleviate suffering from debilitating medical conditions, as well as their physicians, primary caregivers, and those who are authorized to produce marijuana for medical purposes. But what happens when the user of medical marijuana fails an employer’s drug test or refuses to take the test? That issue was recently addressed by the Federal District Court of New Jersey in Cotto v. Ardagh Glass Packing, Inc. In that case, a forklift driver employed by the employer was lawfully prescribed medica

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