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Does Rutgers Have the Right not to Renew Someone’s Employment Contract?

The question about contract renewal is yet to be settled when that person is the former assistant coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights basketball team, Eric Murdock. The scandal involving head coach Mike Rice Jr., fired for harassment and intimidation of players, began when Murdock requested copies of practice videos. These videos showed Rice cursing Read More

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What Is the NLRB?

The National Labor Relations Board, or NLRB, is an administrative tribunal formed in 1935 under the National Labor Relations Act. The purpose of the NLRB is to handle charges of unfair labor practices involving the rights of employees to organize and actively try to improve their working conditions. The board has five seats although only Read More

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Enforcing Your Rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Your employer’s actions with regard to issues such as paying you the minimum wage, overtime, and keeping records that indicate hours worked or sales commissions earned are governed by the Fair Labor Standards Act. Aggrieved employees have the right to bring an action to enforce the provisions of this law. Individual lawsuits or collective actions Read More

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Bringing a Wage Dispute Claim

In difficult economic times, many workers are grateful for employment. However, sometimes your job can turn into a nightmarish situation in which you find yourself subjected to illegal practices by your employer. You do not have to put up with improper treatment — such as not being paid the proper amount for the hours you Read More

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OSHA Releases New Resource to Protect Emergency Responders from Combustible Dust Explosions

First responders, the emergency personnel who are the first to arrive on the scene when disaster strikes, face many perils. When the response site involves a fire or explosion, one of the hazards firefighters face is combustible dust explosions. Recognizing the danger of these phenomena, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration published a handbook entitled, Read More

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Recent OSHA Citations

Individuals who violate employees’ rights may be cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. If you suspect your company is engaging in illegal or discriminatory behavior, do not be afraid to report them because you are protected against employer retaliation. Following are some of the OSHA’s citations for the months of March and April Read More

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How OSHA is Seeking to Protect Temporary Workers

Temporary workers are an integral part of many industries, especially construction. Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the country, and construction sites are riddled with numerous hazards that can injure or kill a temporary worker. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported that fatal work injuries involving contractors made up 542, or Read More

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Nursing Mothers Have Rights in the Workplace

Over the years, working women have achieved a number of positive goals in the workplace after many hard-fought battles. Pregnancy is a protected class in New Jersey and women must be given maternity leave. Pregnant women must not be treated in a manner different from other employees and employers cannot ask potential employees about their Read More

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Is My Household Worker or Nanny an Independent Contractor?

When families seek to lighten the burden of household chores such as cleaning, or when working couples need someone to care for their children, a determination must be made regarding whether these workers are independent contractors or employees. The decision affects the way that taxes are paid and by whom. The IRS has a defined Read More

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Understanding How Wage and Overtime Disputes Come into Court

Under laws such as the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA), employees have a right to certain wages and overtime payments depending on their classification as exempt or non-exempt employees. When individuals are not treated fairly and do not receive the legally mandated payments to which they are entitled, options exist to ensure employers comply with Read More

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Neil H. Deutsch
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About Neil H. Deutsch has been practicing law for over 35 years and is known as a skilled negotiator in employment and discrimination law. He believes in a bottom-line approach of risk analysis and cost effectiveness for his clients. "Case evaluation is something we take seriously," says Mr. Deutsch who seeks top net dollar for…

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Bruce L. Atkins
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About Bruce L. Atkins is regarded as one of New Jersey’s premier practitioners of employment and civil litigation. He has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyers prestigious list every year since 2005.  This honor, bestowed upon a recipient by the votes of his peers, is a powerful nod to the skill Mr. Atkins…

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Adam J. Kleinfeldt
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About Adam J. Kleinfeldt joined Deutsch Atkins, P.C. in March of 2015.  He primarily represents individuals in employment litigations such as discrimination, retaliation, and whistle blowing matters.  He has extensive experience in all phases of the litigation process. Adam has obtained significant results for some of his clients, including a $525,000 jury verdict in a…

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Diane Englander Peyser
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About Diane Englander Peyser joined Deutsch Atkins, PC in September 2018 where she represents employees in wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, and discrimination matters. Prior to joining Deutsch Atkins, PC, Diane represented clients in all aspects of employment law on behalf of employees involving unemployment appeals, claims of sexual harassment, LGBT discrimination, disability discrimination, FMLA, New…

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Debra M. McGarvey
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About Debra M. McGarvey joined Deutsch Atkins, P.C. in December 2019. She has extensive experience defending employees and employers in state and federal court in employment litigation matters. She has represented clients on various issues arising out of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), the New Jersey Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA), the Americans…

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