Shifting ranks (access required)

The 2019 NJBIZ Top 50 Law Firms List shows some big shifts in the bottom 40, including a double-digit downward move for Budd Larner and gains of eight and seven spots for Florio Perrucci Steinhardt & Cappelli LLC and Mandelbaum Salsburg, respectively.

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Creating a safer workplace (access required)

Companies need formal policies that address harassment in the workplace and outline the rights and obligations of all staff and supervisors. A good policy will be written — though it may be distributed in electronic format — and enforced, according to lawyers. It will define what’s considered unacceptable behavior, including bullying, rudeness, and unprofessional conduct, and employees should sign or electronically acknowledge that they’ve received a copy of the policy.

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Immigration status: troubled (access required)

A technology business association is fighting a legal battle in Newark against the federal government over the bureaucracy’s handling of H-1B, or specialty occupation, visas. The Small and Medium Enterprise Consortium is accusing the government of changing its requirements to prove an employee-employer relationship, therefore making initial H-1B visas or visa extension much harder than ...

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