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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… Read More »

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… Read More »

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… Read More »

LGBT Workers Are Entitled to New Jersey Family Leave Benefits

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides protections for workers who need to take unpaid leave to care for ill or injured family members. The FMLA also guarantees unpaid leave for new parents, including adoptive parents. The U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division has ruled that, as of August 2013, people in… Read More »

Same-Sex Marriage Must Be Recognized by New Jersey Employers

New Jersey began to recognize same-sex marriages in October 2013 based on a unanimous decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Marriage can have major financial implications — largely for the better — for the couple and their dependents. Just a look at how it affects employee benefits helps illustrate this point. Employers who provide… Read More »

Is a Worker an Employee or Independent Contractor?

Understanding the differences between independent contractors and employees is important. Issues such as those of taxation and liability stem from the relationship between an employer and a contractor or employee. In New Jersey, the Department of Labor sets out an ABC test for determining responsibility for unemployment and hour and wage requirements. The test is… Read More »