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SAFE Act: Employee Rights for Domestic Violence Victims

The legal and personal issues that go along with being a victim of domestic violence can be overwhelming. As a result, many victims find that their work lives suffer while they are recovering from the trauma of domestic violence. To address this issue, New Jersey lawmakers passed the Security and Financial Empowerment (SAFE) Act to […]

Overtime Laws and Nontraditional Work Schedules

The rules regarding overtime pay are fairly straightforward for the vast majority of employees in New Jersey. The general rule is that workers must receive 150 percent of their normal wage for every hour worked in excess of 40 per week. But there are several occupations to which exceptions apply, and vocations that demand nontraditional […]

Working as a Minor Child in New Jersey

The days of widespread child labor in the United States are long past, but some protections remain necessary for those younger than 18 who work in New Jersey. Understanding these requirements is important for teenagers, parents and employers alike. Once a child has received an offer of employment, he or she should obtain a Form […]

New Jersey Passes Significant Minimum Wage Increase

Recent protests by fast-food workers throughout the nation have led to a renewed discussion of the minimum wage and what constitutes an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work. While the federal minimum wage remains $7.25 per hour, individual states are free to impose higher minimum wage requirements. New Jersey is among the states […]

Employment Rights for Those Who Received Deferred Action

Since Congress has been unwilling to take up comprehensive immigration reform, the Obama administration instituted a deferred action program that grants temporary legal status to foreign-born individuals who entered the U.S. illegally as children and have remained here as contributing members of society. The deferred action order also allows those who qualify to obtain employment […]

Free Exercise and Employee Health Care Under the ACA

While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been in the news for a number of reasons lately, one story that largely fell by the wayside involved a Pennsylvania cabinet company that took issue with the ACA’s requirement that health plans provide coverage for certain types of oral contraceptives. A federal appellate decision in the case […]

Unemployment Discrimination?

Since the start of the Great Recession in late 2007, many people who lost their jobs have been struggling to reenter the workforce. Making things more difficult, employers have shown a growing prejudice against unemployed job seekers. Some have gone so far as to flatly state that the unemployed need not apply. New Jersey legislators […]

Weighing State and Federal Options in Job Discrimination Cases

Most people are aware that they have rights if they suffer discrimination at work or are victimized by a hostile work environment. However, many people do not understand the nuances of those rights. Federal and state laws work hand-in-hand to protect victims of discrimination. In most cases, workers can choose which process to use or […]

The Role of the Administrative Process in Employment Litigation

Many people come to us eager for their day in court against an employer who treated them unjustly or refused to address on-the-job harassment. They are surprised, however, when we tell them that they first must file an administrative complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The federal laws that prohibit employment discrimination make […]

What Is ENDA, and Where Is It Now?

Federal law shields a wide array of groups from employment discrimination, but members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have received no such protection. In the flurry of news that has been coming out of Congress over the past several months, a landmark piece of legislation has attracted little attention until recently. […]