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New Jersey Lawyer Magazine Dec. 2014/No. 291
"LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW"
Message from the Special Editors
Brian R. Lehrer is with the law firm of Achenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP and is a member of the New Jersey Lawyer Magazine Editorial Board
Francine Esposito is a partner with the law firm of Day Pitney LLP.
When one individual inflicts bodily injury upon another, such injury that death results, we call the deed manslaughter; when the assailant knew in advance that the injury would be fatal, we call his deed murder. But when society places hundreds of proletarians in such a position that they inevitably meet a too early and an unnatural death, one which is quite as much a death by violence as that by the sword or bullet ... its deed is murder just as surely as the deed of the single individual...
When Friedrich Engels wrote these words in The condition of the Working Class in England, he was discussing more than the conditions of the workplace. Engels was sickened by the abject poverty of a working class experiencing true income inequality with no recourse against their employers. Of course, Engels would go on to co-author the Communist Manifesto with his hero Karl Marx, and ignite a catastrophic experiment in social engineering. Meanwhile, in the United States, capitalism thrived, after surviving the Great Depression. Within that framework, laws were passed to protect employees, and courts interpreted those laws to balance the interests of employers and employees in the workplace.
The 23 articles in this issue of New Jersey Lawyer Magazine demonstrate the continuing importance the Legislature and courts have placed on that balance, and our society's belief that the workplace should be tolerable and productive -- from the wages paid to the conduct of supervisors. Whatever side of the fence you are on, the authors demonstrated the complexities of the employer-employee relationship and offer everything from practical tips in drafting severance agreements and restrictive covenants, to a discussion of cutting-edge issues such as medical marijuana in the workplace and the potentital dilemmas involving unpaid interns.