Monday, June 16, 2014
6-16-14 Hitesman v. Bridgeway (A-73-12; 072466)
Hitesman v. Bridgeway (A-73-12; 072466)
Claims asserted under CEPA’s “improper quality of patient care” provision must be premised upon a reasonable belief that the employer has violated a law, rule, regulation, declaratory ruling adopted pursuant to law, or a professional code of ethics that governs the employer and differentiates between acceptable conduct in the employer’s delivery of patient care. N.J.S.A. 34:19-3(a)(1); N.J.S.A. 34:19-3(c)(1). Claims asserting that an employer’s conduct is incompatible with a “clear mandate of public policy concerning the public health” must, at a minimum, identify authority that applies to the “activity, policy or practice” of the employer. N.J.S.A. 34:19-3(c)(3).