Kristine Feher

focuses on employment discrimination and wrongful discharge litigation arising under employment laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act and the New Jersey Family Leave Act. She also has experience in breach of contract, wrongful discharge and related tort actions.

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Reminder: Oct. 9, 2019, Deadline Approaches for New York Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

New York employers have until Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, to train each of their employees on sexual harassment prevention. The training must be conducted annually thereafter, and must satisfy all of the statutory requirements for content and interaction. Employers who have not yet conducted training should do so as soon as possible. For more information, … Continue Reading

New Jersey Implements Steep Sanctions for Wage Payment Violations

On Aug. 6, 2019, New Jersey Acting Gov. Sheila Oliver signed a new “wage theft” law that expands the fines, penalties, and damages to be imposed for violations of the state’s wage payment law for an extended six-year statute of limitations period. The law takes effect immediately. In this GT Alert we explore the new … Continue Reading

New Jersey Passes Law Eroding Bedrock of Settlement – Confidentiality Provisions Relating to Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment Claims No Longer Enforceable

On March 18, 2019, landmark legislation was passed that could dramatically impact the resolution of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment claims. under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”), and “other” statutes – presently undefined. Employers: pay close attention. The bill takes effect immediately and applies “to all contracts and agreements entered into, renewed, modified, or … Continue Reading

New NYC Sick Leave Law Expands Usage for Persons ‘Equivalent of Family’ and Safe Leave

The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs has issued a revised Notice of Employee Rights under the Earned Safe and Sick Time Act (ESSTA), formerly the Earned Sick Time Act (ESTA), codified at § 20-911 et seq. Effective May 5, 2018, ESSTA now permits employees to use sick and safe time to address safety … Continue Reading

Federal Law Reaches a Tipping Point

On March 23, 2018, President Trump signed into law the 2,232-page Omnibus Appropriations bill – HR 1625, Consolidated Appropriations Act for FY 2018, which funds the government for the rest of the fiscal year. Included in that bill were a few paragraphs that prohibit restaurant owners from sharing server tips with supervisors, managers, or themselves. … Continue Reading

Whistle(blow) While You Work: Supreme Court Rules That “Watchdog” Employees Are Protected Under CEPA

On July 15, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court settled the debate over whether employees who are responsible for monitoring and reporting employer compliance may seek whistleblower protection under New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act, N.J.S.A. § 34:19-1 et seq. (“CEPA”), and if so, under what circumstances. Ultimately, the court in Lippman v. Ethicon held … Continue Reading

DOL Says Most Workers Are Employees Under Federal Law

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation regarding the misclassification of employees as independent contractors. Having received numerous complaints from workers on this issue over the last several years, the DOL has concluded that most workers are employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  The 15-page memorandum emphasizes that proper … Continue Reading

GT Alert — New Pregnancy Laws Deliver Additional Protections for Women

New Jersey lawmakers recently amended the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) to provide additional protections for women in the workplace. Employers are now required to provide reasonable accommodations to allow women who are pregnant, have given birth, or are suffering related medical complications to continue working. This Alert discusses the amendment and what it … Continue Reading

New Jersey Gender Equity Notice Requirements

Employers operating in New Jersey must now “conspicuously post” the attached gender equity poster in a place accessible to their New Jersey employees.  Employers can satisfy this requirement by posting the notice on a company internet/intranet site for exclusive use by employees and accessible to all employees. In addition, employers must provide their employees with … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Portion of DOMA as Unconstitutional: The Impact of the Decision on Employee Benefit Plans

On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in United States v. Windsor. In a 5-4 decision, the Court concluded that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was unconstitutional as applied to lawful marriages. This decision has an extremely widespread impact, as it affects more than 1,000 federal statutes and … Continue Reading
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