On May 2, 2016, Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed Bill S992, New Jersey’s equal pay bill. As discussed in our previous blog post, the bill passed in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature on March 14, 2016. For a more detailed discussion of the bill, please see our March 10, 2016 blog post.

In his message for a conditional veto, Governor Christie objected to a number of provisions in the bill, such as:

  • The unlimited back-pay provision – Governor Christie expressed concern that the bill provided “absolutely no limitation on the amount of back pay an employee can recover when claiming wage discrimination.” He recommended that the bill mirror the Lilly Ledbetter Act in this regard, by limiting back pay to two years.
  • The authorization of treble damages award for violations of the wage discrimination and the bill’s disclosure provisions – Governor Christie stated that such a provision is not authorized by State or federal law. Accordingly, he expressed concern that this provision would make New Jersey a “liberal outlier.”
  • The requirement for contractors to provide information on workers’ gender, race, job title, occupational category, and compensation, as well as significant changes during the course of the contract, to the New Jersey Labor Commissioner and Division of Civil Rights – Governor Christie described this requirement as “outrageous bureaucratic red tape creation.”

The bill was returned to the Senate with the Governor’s amendment recommendations.

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Allan S. Bloom is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and advisor who represents management in a broad range of employment and labor law matters. As a litigator, Allan has successfully defended a number of the world’s leading companies against claims for unpaid wages…

Allan S. Bloom is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and advisor who represents management in a broad range of employment and labor law matters. As a litigator, Allan has successfully defended a number of the world’s leading companies against claims for unpaid wages, employment discrimination, breach of contract and wrongful discharge, both at the trial and appellate court levels as well as in arbitration. He has secured complete defense verdicts for clients in front of juries, as well as injunctions to protect clients’ confidential information and assets.

As the leader of Proskauer’s Wage and Hour Practice Group, Allan has been a strategic partner to a number of Fortune 500 companies to help them avoid, minimize and manage exposure to wage and hour-related risk. Allan’s views on wage and hour issues have been featured in The New York TimesReutersBloomberg and Fortune, among other leading publications. His class-action defense work for clients has saved hundreds of millions of dollars in potential damages.

Allan is regularly called on to advise boards of directors and senior leadership on highly sensitive matters such as executive transitions, internal investigations and strategic workforce planning. He also has particular expertise in the financial services industry, where he has litigated and arbitrated cases, including at FINRA and its predecessors, for more than 20 years.
A prolific author and speaker, Allan was the Editor of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Journal from 2012 to 2017. He has served as an author, editor and contributor to a number of leading treatises in the field of employment law, including ADR in Employment Law (ABA/Bloomberg BNA, Senior Editor), Employment Discrimination Law (ABA/Bloomberg BNA, Final Proof Editor), Cutting Edge Advances in Resolving Workplace Disputes (Cornell University/CPR, Editor), The Employment Law Review (Law Business Research, U.S. Chapter Author), and The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual (SCCE, Chapter Author).

Allan is a member of the NYSBA’s House of Delegates, sits on the Executive Committee of the NYSBA’s Labor and Employment Law Section, and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. He has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers since 2011.