Employers Say Salary-Balancing Bills Create Needless Burden

March 19, 2012 – In The News
NJ Biz
A package of bills that has recently advanced through the New Jersey Legislature is raising concerns for labor and employment attorneys. The four-bill package, sponsored by Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt (D-Voorhees), seeks to balance the salaries of working men and women.

Ian D. Meklinsky, a member of the Labor and Employment Practice at Fox Rothschild LLP, spoke with NJ Biz about the growing concerns for the package of bills.

Meklinsky believes that the bills put an unnecessary burden on businesses. According to Meklinsky, the effort raises an important question – whether New Jersey, “by continuing to adopt pro-employee, anti-employer legislation,” will be at a disadvantage when compared to states without similar obligations.

One of the key issues with the package itself is that each individual bill raises separate concerns. For example, the notification bill would require employers to distribute employment information annually. Meklinsky believes that this bill could create issues of employee confidentiality and privacy. “Why does the state need this information, and what are they going to do with this information?” Meklinsky said.