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 Bloom is the co-chair of Proskauer’s Labor & Employment Law Department and a nationally recognized litigator and advisor who represents employers, business owners, and management in a broad range of employment and labor law matters. As a litigator, Allan has successfully defended…

Allan Bloom is the co-chair of Proskauer’s Labor & Employment Law Department and a nationally recognized litigator and advisor who represents employers, business owners, and management in a broad range of employment and labor law matters. As a litigator, Allan has successfully defended many 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, before government agencies, and in private negotiations. 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 Times, Reuters, Bloomberg and Fortune, among other leading publications. His class-action defense work for clients has saved billions of dollars in potential damages.

Allan is regularly called on to advise operating companies, management companies, fund sponsors, boards of directors and senior leadership on highly sensitive matters including executive and key person transitions, internal investigations and strategic workforce planning. He has particular expertise in the financial services industry, where he has litigated, arbitrated, and mediated disputes 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), Employment Discrimination Law (ABA/Bloomberg BNA), Cutting Edge Advances in Resolving Workplace Disputes (Cornell University/CPR), The Employment Law Review (Law Business Research, U.S. Chapter Author), and The Complete Compliance and Ethics Manual (SCCE).

Allan has served as longtime pro bono counsel to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and The Public Theater, among other nonprofit organizations.  He is a past Vice Chair of Repair the World, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes volunteers and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, and a past recipient of the Lawyers Alliance Cornerstone Award for extraordinary contributions through pro bono legal services.

Allan is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Chambers since 2011.