New Jersey Pregnancy Bill Sent to Governor Christie
Authors: Evan J. Shenkman (Morristown), Steven J. Luckner (Morristown), Curtis G. Fox (Morristown)
Published Date: January 14, 2014
In the November 2013 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority, we reported on the Senate’s passage of a bill (S2995) expanding employment protections for pregnant women by (1) amending the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination to add pregnancy (including childbirth recovery) to the list of protected classifications, (2) prohibiting less favorable treatment of women based upon pregnancy, and (3) requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for an employee’s pregnancy-related needs when requested by the employee upon advice of her doctor (such as bathroom breaks, periodic rest, job restructuring, assistance with manual labor, etc., but not mandating additional leave). On January 6, 2014, the bill passed in the Assembly (77-1-0) and was sent to Governor Chris Christie.
Evan J. Shenkman is a member of Ogletree Deakins’ Knowledge Management Department, serving as the firm’s Senior Knowledge Management Counsel and Research Manager. In his role, Mr. Shenkman is responsible creating processes, practices, and software to allow firm attorneys to work smarter, faster, and more in sync; creating internal and client-facing collaborative tools; and managing the firm's team of Knowledge Management Counsel and the firm's Legal Researchers. He also manages...
Steven J. Luckner is a shareholder in the firm's Morristown office where his practice focuses on the defense of cases involving allegations of wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, age, race, sex, religious, disability discrimination, whistle-blower and other statutory claims. Mr. Luckner also has experience in the defense of wage and hour claims under both the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act and various state laws.Mr. Luckner prosecutes and defends cases involving post-employment...
Curtis G. Fox focuses his practice on representing employers primarily against claims of alleged wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage-and-hour violations and whistle-blowing. Curtis counsels employers with regard to workplace policies and manuals, and general litigation avoidance.
After law school, Curtis served as Law Clerk to the Honorable John T. Mullaney, Jr., J.S.C. of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division.