Month: November 2011

Legal Alert – New Mandate for New Jersey Employers Effective December 7, 2011


New Mandate for New Jersey Employers Effective December7, 2011

Beginning December 7, 2011 New Jersey employers will be required to provide to all newly hired employees at the time of hiring a copy of the below Appendix.  The appendix must be (1) given at the time of hiring as part of the Hiring Package or (2) delivered via email to the employee.  This notice obligation starts with all new employees hired as of November 7, 2011 going forward.

The following link will take you to the official 6-page notice (MW-400) provided by the New JErsey Department of Labor and Workforce Development to be delivered to newly hired employees:

Note that failure to meet the obligations of this new requirement is “guilty of a disorderly offense and shall, upon conviction, be fined not less than $100 nor more than $1,000.”

This Legal Alert is not legal advice but rather a notification of a new legal requirement for New Jersey employers.  Firms may want to seek the advice and guidance from their own professional advisors on this and other matters as they apply to their own specific circumstances.



NJSA 2011 Employee of The Year








October 31, 2011.  The New Jersey Staffing Alliance Board of Directors is pleased to announce the recipient of its Employee of the Year Award is Joseph Scotland, a temporary staffing employee with Bryant Staffing.

Joseph has been a contract employee in a shipping and receiving department in East Rutherford since 1999.  He travels from his home in Bronx, NY to his position each day with a smile and a positive outlook to everybody.  According to his Bryant placement supervisor, Kathy Chapman, “Joseph exemplifies key messages about temporary employment: he works hard at his job; is flexible in his assignments; and always makes the right choice for Bryant and our Clients.

Also recognized as the 2011 runner-up Employee of the Year is Christopher Bahr of Joule, Inc.  Christopher works in the regulatory and standards affairs department at Stryker Orthopedics in Mahwah, NJ where he ensures consistency, completeness and adherence to all standards for their product submissions.  He has been recognized by his supervisors as polished, professional, dedicated, and above all, supportive of his teammates.  His assignment has been extended three times and each time he has fulfilled his duties in an exemplary fashion.

NJSA congratulates both Joseph and Christopher for their excellent work as examples of professional temporary employees in New Jersey.

 NJSA is a statewide association of staffing companies in New Jersey.  NJSA also conducts industry research and provides valuable traning and educations for staffing professionals in New Jersey.  New Jersey staffing companies employ over 300,000 people for temporary or contract work.  new Jersey temporary staffing firms generated more than $1.9 billion in annual payroll while direct hire staffing firms generated $473 million for a total of $2.37 billion in annual payroll.  Threre are 831 direct hire locations in New Jersey for a total of 1,855 staffing firm offices in New Jersey


Fall and the Flu



Here’s some great advice from O’Meara Financial Group

Fall brings the end of daylight savings time and the beginning of flu season.  What can you do to fight against disease?  Medical professionals say that boosting your immune system – your body’s build-in defense against disease – with good food, plentiful exercise, and sufficient sleep can help, too.

 Katherine Tallmadge, national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, says nutrition profoundly affects our ability to fight disease. If you want to stay healthy this winter, it’s a good idea to eat:

  •  Lean protein, like chicken, fish, and fat-free dairy products, because the molecules that help us stay healthy are made of protein.
  •  Good fat that is found in olive oil, canola oil, and nuts can help your cells function better and fight disease
  •  Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are key players because they contain antioxidants which help us stay healthy.

 Regular exercise also helps boost your immune system and keep illness at bay.  Just don’t overdo it, especially as you get older.  Thirty minutes of light to moderate exercise a day is enough to keep your immune system strong.

  •  Walk anywhere and everywhere.  All you need is a comfortable pair of shoes.
  •  Take a class at the YMCA, a senior center, or a local gym.  Try water aerobics, yoga, Tai Chi – or all of them.
  •  Watch television.  Chances are that your kids or grandkids have a Wii, PlayStation, or Xbox.  Each of these systems offers exercise programs that let you work out at home.

 Studies show that lack of sleep makes us more susceptible to colds and flu viruses. If you don’t sleep like a log every night consider these sleep tips from

  •  Avoid alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid big meals or spicy foods late at night.
  • Have a light snack before bedtime.
  • Use a relaxation technique to prepare for sleep.

 If all else fails, keep the chicken soup handy.  If you fall ill despite your best efforts, remember the chicken soup.  It’s not a wives tale.  According to the Mayo Clinic, chicken soup has anti-inflammatory and mucus-thinning effects which can soothe when you get sick