March 27, 2017
Employment Law - Sexual Harassment

Laws That Govern Insurance

You peruse insurance websites or speak with an insurance broker to find the perfect pairing of coverage to suit your health, life, home or vehicle needs.  Once that insurance is in place, it is a fairly routine process… just keep your insurance premiums paid timely and you’re good to go.  Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it?  You might choose an insurance company based on its longevity, or, perhaps on the advice of a friend, or simply because they offer a terrific […]
March 24, 2017
Matrimonial Laws in NJ

Matrimonial Laws in NJ

A family law attorney hears it all during the course of his or her business day, not to mention legal career.  There are tales of estrangement, trial separation – then the eventual gloom and doom of facing the real relationship reality and divorce is the best option and the next step.  As the case wends its way through the court system, the once-happy couple now seize the opportunity to hurl hurtful barbs at one another. There are happy occasions taking […]
March 22, 2017
Types of Prenup Agreements

Types of Prenup Agreements

Prenuptial agreements are often the butt of many jokes.  Stand-up comedians never lack fodder for their routines when this is the topic.  But, though we might chuckle and get a laugh over the idea of a rich old codger marrying a woman less than half his age, or, the wrinkly old woman marrying her pool boy, these are real stories that happen every day.  Unfortunately, though family members may try to dissuade the union, it happens anyway, AFTER a prenuptial […]
March 20, 2017
Advice for Home Sellers

Legal Advice for Home Sellers

Some things you just cannot wing it or go it alone, and this is very true when you are ready to sell your home.  Even if you are a detail-oriented person, chances are the whole process will not transpire without some issues taking place, and, sometimes it is those small issues that become big issues if there is not an attorney on board from the beginning.  You might already have a top family law attorney in New Jersey that could […]
March 17, 2017
Advice for Home Buyers

Legal Advice for Home Buyers

The biggest asset you will ever own is a home, so whether you are purchasing a condo, starter home or a mansion, it is a transaction that would go much more smoothly when you hire an attorney who specializes in real estate transactions.  A real estate lawyer is experienced in the law of real property, skilled in dealing with any issues or problems that may arise during the home-buying process.  In some states, lawyers may be specialized as “Real Property […]
March 15, 2017
Garnishment

What is Garnishment?

Even though your intentions may be good to pay off that debt, or routinely and timely pay alimony or child support, you may not be able to follow through.  Perhaps you got laid off and are unable to find a job right away, or become ill and do not receive a regular paycheck.  As you peruse your list of obligations, you realize payment for some of them will not happen until you are back on your feet.  Experts in money […]
March 13, 2017
Your Rights After an Arrest

What Are Your Rights After an Arrest?

If you are a big fan of TV police dramas, you no doubt are familiar with the terminology “Miranda rights”.  You might have first heard Sergeant Joe Friday from the old “Dragnet” series mirandize a perpetrator, or, more recently you watched any of the detectives in the many “Law and Order” shows give the Miranda warning to the bad guy by uttering the following words: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used […]
March 10, 2017
minimum wage and the poverty level

How Does the Minimum Wage Work?

The United States of America is considered a progressive nation, but, when it comes to establishing a minimum wage law for its hardworking residents, you might be surprised to learn that the first federal minimum wage laws in America were not passed until 1938 and were instituted by Franklin D. Roosevelt, our 32nd president.   The name of the actual federal law that enacted the minimum wage was introduced as a portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”).  Up until […]
March 8, 2017
History of the Minimum Wage

The History of the Minimum Wage

Most people today have worked in a minimum-wage position at some time in their life.  For most, it was a high school job to earn money for incidentals that were not paid for by their parents, like a car or even tuition for college.  Not everyone is lucky enough to win a college scholarship and who wants to carry a student loan way into their actual working career? Back in the day, that minimum wage payment was sufficient for your […]
March 6, 2017
State Employment Laws Versus Federal Employment Laws

State Employment Laws Versus Federal Employment Law

Most people go to work, get their paycheck, enjoy their compensated time off and never give much thought to the myriad of federal and state labor and employment laws that have enabled them to enjoy certain rights and benefits in the workplace.  Both federal and state governments within the United States have enacted employment laws, which are regulations that deal with the relationship between an employee and his/her employer. A common legal question is:  what are the differences, if any, […]
March 3, 2017
Employment Protection Laws for Independent Contractors

Employment Protection Laws for Independent Contractors

For many people, it is a lifelong dream to tender their notice to the boss and work for themselves.  What could be better than being answerable only to you, setting your own hours, foregoing a horrendous twice-daily commute and best of all, not having to endure the endless germs that circulate around the office come Winter time?  Sure you might miss the lunches with your co-workers, but you’ll get over it. If you’re thinking of bringing your dream to fruition, […]
March 1, 2017
Laws That Protect Employees

Laws That Protect Employees

The Great Recession of 2008 taught Americans a lot, primarily, to save more and spend less by cutting back on those little luxuries and frivolous expenses that were formerly just taken for granted. The Recession of 2008 also taught our nation a lot about the workplace.  While we might have formerly thought we were not expendable, layoff notices went out and many persons were disheartened to discover we were not as important in our jobs as we thought.  Still others […]
February 27, 2017
At-Will Employee

What is an At-Will Employee?

The contractual relationship between an employer and employee, in most jobs within the United States, is considered to be a two-way street.  That is, either party is free to leave that particular relationship at any time.  There are no legal requirements as to a “notice period” either, which means that termination, by either party, can be done without any prior notice. As to the employer, they have the right to sever that employee, with or without notice, and with or […]
June 22, 2016
A good H.R. Director

Cost of Outsourcing HR

If you had to take a guess about who has one of the busiest positions in a mid-sized company, what would your answer be?  The big boss, i.e. the CEO or President?  Well, guess again.  That position which is stressful and overburdened is that of the Human Resources Director.  There are never enough hours in the day to get everything done and it is the lucky HR honcho who has a staff to help out.  There were already enough policies […]
June 20, 2016
Jury Nullification

What is Jury Nullification?

The law is a fascinating subject, and, even if you are not a legal scholar, there are always criminal trials making headlines in the news.  There are flamboyant or famous Defendants, some whom we’ll never meet on the street, but we know of their actions, or perhaps I should say “alleged actions” and the media makes us well aware of all the sordid details and titillating tidbits to help us make up our minds whether or not that person is […]
June 17, 2016
Social Media at Work

Social Media at Work

You know it starts out innocent enough – a viral video that goes around the internet at the speed of sound.  It soon is the talk at the office coffee machine, and, for those who’ve missed it, no less than a dozen people hustle back to their respective work stations to forward it along posthaste so our co-workers can see it personally.  As an employer it is your job to be aware of the latest social media trends in the […]
June 14, 2016
Questions About Trusts

Common Questions About Trusts

You know you’re getting older when you start to think about socking away some money for retirement instead of enjoying that second cup of latte every day.  Sure, that foamy cup of wonder gets you through a long afternoon at work, but foregoing that second treat and putting the money toward a retirement account and watching that account grow, will also give you a warm feeling inside.
June 9, 2016
Divorce and Social Media

Divorce and Social Media

Sadly the statistics don’t lie.  It is estimated that some 40 to 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce courts these days.  What can we attribute this to?  Was the picking of a permanent partner more carefully thought out back in our parents’ day?  Perhaps couples just agreed to disagree and kept a stiff upper lip and carried on with the relationship for the sake of the children.  By the time the children were grown and out on their […]
May 27, 2016
How Does Divorce Work

How Does Divorce Work?

Sadly, the rate for marriage ending in divorce has escalated in the past few years/decades.  Once upon a time people married and stayed together, through thick and thin, for life.  Often, though there were irreconcilable differences, people stayed together for the sake of the kids as they knew the turbulence of divorce and the divisiveness that results is often difficult on the kids.  But sometimes the relationship becomes intolerable and you seek an exit, vowing that you will not let […]
May 20, 2016
Types of Prenups

Types of Prenups

The wedding plans are in motion and it seems that there are a million details to attend to before the big day.  While you, ever the romantic, are pondering over what color butter cream roses should adorn the wedding cake, your intended tells you he has made an appointment for both of you to see a divorce attorney.  “A divorce attorney?” you ask with a smirk on your face.  “Why would we see a divorce attorney – we’re not even […]
May 17, 2016
What is a Prenup

What is a Prenup?

The mood is just right… a romantic, candlelight dinner for two in an elegant restaurant and when the dessert arrives, there is something much sweeter than the crème brulee, as the gentleman suddenly pulls a velvet box out of his chest pocket and pops the magical question to the woman.  We’ve seen enough romantic movies to know that the question is “will you marry me?”  After the young lady answers in the affirmative, suddenly there are a flurry of decisions […]
May 9, 2016
Water Crisis in Flint

The Water Crisis in Flint

Most people never give a thought to walking over to the faucet and filling a glass with sparkling clean water.  Likewise, there is not much thought about the cleanliness of the water that you use to cook, brush your teeth, bathe in… even washing your clothes.  That is, unless you live in the city of Flint, Michigan. By now, most U.S. residents, if not people from around the world, have heard about the plight of the people of Flint, Michigan […]
February 3, 2016
Phased-Out Retirement

What is Phased Retirement?

By now, you know the drill… that early morning regimen.  The alarm buzzes; you hit once, maybe twice – ugh, you have to get up or you’ll be running late.  Did you ever stop to think how many days of the same routine and how many days until you can retire?  I’ll bet you’d be surprised to find out many people don’t look forward to retirement, especially those in careers or jobs that they really love.  But, eventually, even if […]
January 28, 2016
Paternity Leave

What is Paternity Leave?

This is not your father’s workplace when it comes to time off for dads after the birth of a child.  Your dad probably had to use a personal day or vacation day for the birth of each child, and was expected back at work the next business day, passing out cigars, then his nose was right to the grindstone.
January 26, 2016
Maternity Leave

How Does Maternity Leave Work?

Maternity leave is one of those topics you leave on the back burner until it is time to deal with it; after all, if you’re not pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant soon, why worry about any benefits or returning to your former position after the birth of your baby, right? Did you know the United States is one of only three countries left in the world that fails to guarantee paid maternity leave?  The others are Papua, New Guinea […]
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