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  • Thu, July 12, 2018 5:32 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

     

    NJAA Announcement

    July 2018


    2017-2018  

    NJAA Officers

     

    President

    Angelo Cappetta

    1st Vice President

    Martin Shapiro

    Treasurer/Secretary

    Scott Simpson

    Executive Director

    Kimberle R Samarelli

    Legal Counsel

    Lary I. Zucker

    Government Relations

    Edward R. McGlynn

    2018

    Industry Events

     

    September

    Tues., Sept. 18, 2018
    NJAA 21st Annual

    Fritz Rolle Legacy
    Golf Outing

    Sea Oaks Golf Club

    Little Egg Harbor, NJ

    November

    Thurs., Nov. 15, 2018
    NJAA Annual Membership Breakfast Meeting

    IAAPA Expo

    Orlando, Florida

     

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    Legal Updates for Employment Law 


    Top 4 Things Employers Must Do To Comply With New Jersey's Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act

     

    By Ashley L. Toth, Esq. & Lary I. Zucker, Esq.

    The Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act, which Governor Phil Murphy signed into law, became effective on July 1, 2018. What does this mean for employers? The Act, which is an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), prohibits pay disparity based upon the "protected categories" enumerated under the NJLAD, including race, creed, color, national origin, nationality, ancestry, age, sex, etc. More specifically, the Act makes it an unlawful act of discrimination for an employer to pay less in wages, benefits, or compensation to members of a protected class for "substantially similar work" compared to those not in a protected class. "Substantially similar work" is not clearly defined. The Act makes clear that different rates of pay may be justified under the law by a seniority system, merit system, or other legitimate, bona fide factors such as training, education, experience, or the quantity or quality of production.

    In addition, the Equal Pay Act allows employees to request, disclose or discuss among themselves information about compensation, such as information about his or her job title, occupational cate

    gory, and rate of compensation of any employees or former employees. Employees have the right to know this information and employers are prohibited from retaliating against an employee who is seeking this information.

    The most overarching aspect of the Act, however, is the available remedies. Under the Act, an unlawful employment practice occurs each time disparate compensation is paid to a member of a protected class -- therefore making each paycheck another instance of discrimination. Under the Act, employees who prevail in litigation against an employer can be awarded compensatory damages, attorneys' fees, costs, punitive damages, six years of back pay and treble (three times) damages for violations.

       What should you, as an employer, do to comply with the new Act?

    1.         Review your payroll records to be sure that there are NO disparities in pay for employees performing the same or "substantially similar work." 

    2.         Review job descriptions and job titles among workers doing "substantially similar work."

    3.         If you do find pay disparities involving members of a protected class, you should:

    a.         Determine whether the pay disparity is based upon legitimate factors, including: training, education, experience or quality/quantity of production. If so, this is a legitimate pay disparity and non-discriminatory under the Act.

    b.         If however, you find that there is a pay disparity which is NOT justified, and a member of a protected class is being paid less, the law requires that the employer "fix" the disparity by increasing the pay of the lower-paid worker, not by reducing the compensation of the higher paid employee.

    4.         Update your company employment policies to prohibit retaliation for requesting or discussing compensation information.

     

    The NJAA is a pro-active organization, identifying concerns, while working for the safety, health and overall economic betterment of the amusement industry.

    If you have any questions or concerns, we can always be contacted at 732-240-0000 or njaa40plus@aol.com.

    For valuable resources, recent news and up-to-date information, visit us at: 


    www.njamusements.com


    Sincerely,


    Kimberle Samarelli

    Executive Director 

    New Jersey Amusement Association


  • Thu, July 12, 2018 5:08 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)


    Read DOL Letter Here

  • Thu, July 12, 2018 4:40 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)


    By: Tim Herrick
    Photo by: Powers & Thomas
    MONDAY, JULY 9, 2018

    Weather woes have marked the 2018 spring routes of most carnival companies in the northeast. Midway providers may have cold, rainy weekends in common,...Read Story



  • Thu, July 12, 2018 3:59 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    U.S. On-Highway Diesel Fuel Prices*  (dollars per gallon)

     

     

     

     

     

    Change from

     

    06/25/18

    07/02/18

    07/09/18

     

    week ago

    year ago

    U.S.

    3.216

    3.236

    3.243

     

     0.007

     0.762

    East Coast (PADD1)

    3.215

    3.226

    3.238

     

     0.012

     0.715

    New England (PADD1A)

    3.281

    3.282

    3.279

     

     -0.003

     0.701

    Central Atlantic (PADD1B)

    3.380

    3.390

    3.405

     

     0.015

     0.733

     Lower Atlantic (PADD1C)

    3.086

    3.102

    3.112

     

     0.010

     0.705

    Midwest (PADD2)

    3.143

    3.171

    3.176

     

     0.005

     0.755

    Gulf Coast (PADD3)

    2.978

    3.002

    3.004

     

     0.002

     0.693

    Rocky Mountain (PADD4)

    3.321

    3.358

    3.370

     

     0.012

     0.786

    West Coast (PADD5)

    3.735

    3.746

    3.749

     

     0.003

     0.978

    West Coast less California

    3.453

    3.475

    3.471

     

     -0.004

     0.818

    California

    3.959

    3.960

    3.970

     

     0.010

     1.103

    *prices include all taxes


  • Thu, July 12, 2018 3:42 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)


    Animal Issues Legislative Update...Here



  • Thu, July 12, 2018 3:24 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    On The Earie  
    by Tom Powell, OABA News Ambassador 

    Attendance at the June 1-July 4 San Diego County Fair, Del Mar, California, was 1,561,236, down slightly from 2017's 1,565,993, but down from the record of 1,609,481 that was set in 2016, according to Tim Fennell, chief executive officer and general manager...Read Article

  • Thu, July 05, 2018 5:21 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    IAAPA Names John Hallenbeck Vice President
    of North American Operations Global Attractions Industry Veteran Joins IAAPA Leadership Team, Leads Continued Expansion of North American Member Services and Programs

    ORLANDO, Fla., US (June 27, 2018) – The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced John Hallenbeck has joined the association’s team as vice president of North American operations. Hallenbeck will lead the IAAPA North American office, based in Orlando, and oversee membership engagement, growth, and service of the association largest region, representing more than 3,500 members.

    “As we continue to expand and strengthen the support we offer our members, we are thrilled to have John join the team,” said Doug Stagner, chief operating officer, IAAPA. “John brings a wealth of global attractions knowledge to the role. His extensive industry background and strong leadership skills will be key assets as he serves and supports our members in North America.”

    With more than 25 years of themed entertainment experience, Hallenbeck most recently served as managing director of project development at Hershey Entertainment & Resorts. Prior to that, he served as vice president of revenue operations at Dubai Parks and Resorts, and senior vice president of attractions for Universal Studios Singapore, Southeast Asia Aquarium, Adventure Cove, and Dolphin Island located within Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. Hallenbeck spent more than 17 years in various capacities at Universal Parks & Resorts in Orlando, Hollywood, and Osaka, Japan. Prior to relocating to Singapore, he held the position of director of attractions operations for Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure in Orlando.

    In addition, Hallenbeck has served as chair of the IAAPA Education Sub-Committee for the Asia Pacific region and has been a member of IAAPA’s Asia Pacific Regional Advisory Committee. He has chaired the Theme Park Advisory Board at Rosen College of Hospitality Management and served on the Hospitality Management Advisory Board for Republic Polytechnic in Singapore. Hallenbeck is also a long-standing ASTM International member.

    About IAAPA

    Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2018, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) began as an advocacy office in 1918. Since that time, IAAPA has become the largest international trade association for permanently located attractions dedicated to the preservation and prosperity of the global attractions industry. As a non-profit organization, IAAPA represents more than 5,300 attraction, supplier, and individual members from more than 100 countries. Members include professionals from amusement parks, theme parks, attractions; water parks, resorts; family entertainment centers; zoos, aquariums; science centers, museums; and industry manufacturers and suppliers.

    IAAPA helps members improve their efficiency, marketing, safety, and profitability while maintaining the highest possible professional standards in the industry worldwide.

    The association's global headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, US. The non-profit organization maintains offices in Brussels, Belgium; Hong Kong, China; Shanghai, China; Mexico City, Mexico; and Alexandria, Virginia, US. To learn more, visit www.IAAPA.org or connect through social media channels: @IAAPAHQ #IAAPA100


  • Thu, July 05, 2018 5:07 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)


    Animal Issues Legislative Update... Here

  • Thu, July 05, 2018 4:53 PM | Kristin Shenk (Administrator)

    ADP payrolls up 177,000 in June

    America’s labor shortage is approaching epidemic proportions, and it could be employers who end up paying...Read Story

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