The personnel policies of many New Jersey employers are often spread across several documents, and this can lead to legal and administrative problems when the language is not consistent. Employee manuals, employment contracts and confidentiality agreements may be updated or amended from time to time, and it is important that all of these documents are reviewed for possible contradictions when such changes are made.
New Jersey residents may be interested to learn that a California appeals judge has temporarily stayed an order for Bill Cosby to be deposed in the defamation lawsuit filed against him by Janice Dickinson. The Nov. 13 decision halted depositions Dickinson's lawyer had scheduled with Cosby on Nov. 19 in Los Angeles and Cosby's former lawyer on Nov. 23 in Boston.
New Jersey businesses may believe they have little chance of being sued by their employees, but a recent study indicates otherwise. The annual study was conducted by Hiscox, a specialty insurer that looked at employee lawsuit trends.
The duty of the attorney to his client is fiduciary nature; meaning, he cannot place his personal interests above or in conflict with those of the client. The consequences for failing to uphold this fiduciary duty can lead to litigation with the client as well as various civil and even criminal penalties. This axiom is illustrated by the recent filing of a motion in connection with a legal malpractice lawsuit in the US District Court of New Jersey.