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How Old is Too Old?

Jan 31, 2017 in Articles by

Some may say you are never too old. A recent case brought before an Appellate Court will have considerable impact for employers contemplating job actions and general employment policies and practices. In the case the Court ruled on a previously allowed subgroup for the ADEA (Age Discrimination and Employment Act.). Old is now divided into Old and Older. Employers routinely try to work within the magic phrase “40 and over” when dealing with reductions in force, policies and practices.

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A Desire to Know is Not a Right to Know

Jan 30, 2017 in Articles by

School Districts are faced with the challenging task of complying with the Open Public Records Act (OPRA), that favors releasing information as long as it does not violate a person’s privacy and not releasing information that may lead to a student being identified under the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Send in the Clowns, or Maybe Not

Oct 17, 2016 in Articles by

Just in time for this year’s Halloween festivities, “creepy clowns” have been terrorizing neighborhoods throughout the nation. As a handful of schools have already banned clown costumes in connection with their Halloween parades and in-school parties, several questions arise: As an administrator, how should you respond to this problem? Should “The Clown” be banned? Should you restrict your students’ choice of costume or should you allow them to “express themselves”? Here’s some guidance for dealing with the “creepy clown” problem.

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Stefani Schwartz and Nicholas Bliablias to Speak at National Business Institute Seminar

Sep 14, 2016 in News by

Stefani C Schwartz and Nicholas D. Bliablias will present on a range of crucial employment issues at the National Business Institute forum, “Human Resource Law from A to Z,” Sept. 20-21 in Cherry Hill.

Schwartz, who heads the Labor and Employment Law Group at Schwartz, Simon, Edelstein & Celso, will speak on Sept. 21 on “Discrimination and Harassment.” She will focus on key laws, proper management of complaints, documentation of incidences, and discrimination and harassment prevention.

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Stefani C Schwartz Named to NJ Supreme Court Jury Committee

Sep 8, 2016 in News by

WHIPPANY, NJ – September 8, 2016 – The New Jersey Supreme Court has approved the appointment of Stefani C Schwartz to its Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges. Glenn A. Grant, Acting Administrative Director of the Courts, announced the appointment on Aug. 22. It is effective as of Sept. 1 and extends until Aug. 31, 2018. Schwartz is a partner with Schwartz Simon Edelstein & Celso in Whippany, NJ, where she heads the Labor and Employment Law Group. She is regularly asked to speak at seminars and conferences throughout the state on topics such as sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace, employment policies and handbooks, and employment law. Guidance for Jurors The Committee on Model Civil Jury Charges prepares and updates model civil jury charges to help trial judges accurately instruct juries and enhance their comprehension of the law. The panel is made up of judges and lawyers from across the state, and it is a standing committee of the New Jersey Supreme Court. “The New Jersey Supreme Court does not sanction or approve the Model Civil Jury Charges before publication by the Model Civil Jury Charge Committee, although the Supreme Court may, and frequently does, comment on the sufficiency of a charge in the context of a particular case,” according to the description of the committee by the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). “The Model Civil Jury Charges are a framework for building a set of jury instructions. Each case turns on unique facts and trial courts and […]

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