February 2, 2015

Gay Marriage and The Workplace

Gay Marriage is one of those things that has become really wide spread over the US in the past few years.  You are either one of those states that allows gay marriage or you are not.  States are always popping up on the news as far as same sex marriages go in 2015 won’t be any different.  In fact, at the start of 2015 on January 6th, Florida had become the 36th state to legalize same sex marriage.  WOW.  36 […]
January 12, 2015

Legal Ethics for Paralegals

Legal ethics are obviously related to the legal system, but they are a set of standards and guidelines in where conduct is measured. Most anyone in the legal system will use NJ legal ethics, but they vary depending on the position and title you ascertain. For example, paralegals and lawyers both have rules of conduct, but because lawyers tend to deal more with clients one on one, they have different rules of conduct than a paralegal. But, the same sentiment […]
January 1, 2015

Questions to Ask an Attorney

When it comes time to hire a NJ ethics attorney, usually they will give you a very low cost fee on a consultation. This is to help them better understand what your situation is, answer any questions you have (basic) and give them a better idea of if they can help you and what the plan of action would be. It’s a great way for you to understand and know if this is the lawyer you should choose for your […]
December 22, 2014

Lawyers and Ethics

  The term legal ethics in the US is usually associated to lawyers, but to be honest, legal ethics can really be relevant to anyone that is involved in law such as paralegals, as well as other careers that might seem not to relevant like Private Investigators. If you aren’t really familiar with legal ethics, you might think this is a list made up of a bunch of rules that is designed for everyone to follow, but it’s not. In […]
November 30, 2014

How to Create an Employee Handbook

If you’ve ever had a position in a company or a business, small or large, you probably know what an employee handbook is. It’s a packet with vital information about what you can expect when working at so and so company, what they expect of you, legal obligations, employees rights and an overall guide to making your job or position at that business all the better. If you want to write an employee handbook, revise it or you already wrote […]
November 22, 2014

What Is a Hostile Work Environment?

Every single day, people show up for a job they either love or they hate. Most of the time if it’s a job they hate, it’s because it’s a hostile work environment. Some people don’t even realize this is a real thing and they just take their abuse like they think they should – especially if it’s the boss dolling it out. However, a hostile work environment is a real issue and it comes in all forms. Not only is […]
November 12, 2014

Workplace Discrimination and Employment Law

Getting a new job is an exciting and somewhat nervous situation to go through. We’ve all seen those packets of forms you have to fill out after you get the job, including an EEO. These EEO forms or Equal Employment Opportunity really help protect you, as well as the employer from discrimination. Of course there are different types of discrimination, but the law states that no matter your race, sex, creed or origin you have an equal opportunity for employment […]
October 21, 2014

How Does Medical Device Compliance Work?

Medical devices are noted for saving lives. Of course, the use of such medical devices can often put patients a bit ill at ease when they consider their vulnerability to the performance and effectiveness of such devices. This is the reason the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been called upon to regulate and oversee the production of medical devices in the U.S.Because, without such regulation and stringent monitoring, medical device compliance would go unchecked, leaving an American […]
October 14, 2014

Who Regulates Drugs in the United States?

The drug business in the United States has become a huge and profitable industry, and the sheer size alone has the power to make millions of consumers vulnerable to some of the same kinds of charlatans and so-called healers who once marketed their ‘cure-alls’ to an unsuspecting public. This vulnerability of patients has made it incumbent upon the United States Federal Government to devise the means to testing, regulating, and controlling the sale of drugs. The Food and Drug Administration […]
October 7, 2014

How Does Drug Compliance Work?

There was a time in theUnited Stateswhen drugs used for medicinal purposes were not regulated. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was expanded, in part, due to the medicine ‘healers’ that are still depicted in old westerns traveling from town town selling their elixirs that were deemed to ‘cure all ills.’ Today, medical and drug compliance has become a vital part of America’s world-class healthcare system, and the laws established have been put in place by lawmakers in […]
September 1, 2014

Employment Law for Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are on the rise in the United States. With growing healthcare costs and a lagging economy, companies are doing more and more of their hiring on a contract basis. Independent contractors are in business for themselves. They are self employed, meaning they do not work directly for companies and have not been hired as actual employees. There are advantages and disadvantages to being an independent contractor. The advantages include the ability to decide your own hours, to choose […]
August 25, 2014
Working From Home Work

Employment Law for Freelancers

More people than ever are joining the ranks of those who have cast off the shackles of the ‘workaday world’ (as your grandfather used to call it), deciding instead to become freelancers. But what does it mean when you hear someone say they ‘freelance’? And is an independent contractor or a consultant the same as a freelancer? The short answer? No one knows. Well, of course, employment lawyers know the difference, but if you try typing the question into a […]
August 18, 2014

How Are Medical Apps Regulated?

Like thousands of other mobile software applications, medical apps are gaining in popularity for their ease of use and the valuable information they offer consumers. Medical apps were developed with a number of benefits in mind, including aiding doctors in diagnosing patients without the need to perform examinations, as well as helping patients in better management of their chronic health conditions. This convenience has made medical apps a favorite among users of mobile devices. However, their growing widespread usage has […]
August 11, 2014

Divorce Advice for Baby Boomers

Americans born Post-World War II between the years 1946 and 1964 are known as the baby boomers. They’re associated with rebellion, reeducation, and redefinition of traditional values. And with that redefinition of values has come a reworking of traditional marriage and divorce. Boomers are divorcing at a much higher rate than any generation before them, creating greater concerns for their futures. Now that the kids are out of the house, they find themselves reflecting more deeply on self, spouse, and […]
July 24, 2014

The Cost of Divorce

The costs of divorce can be huge and far reaching. When you’re younger, divorce can negatively impact children, and everyone in the family can have a tough time picking up the pieces. When you’re older, divorce can be a blow to retirement plans, and you might even find yourself retiring later or looking for a part-time job to supplement your income. Even if you’ve planned well for retirement, chances are you never planned on getting divorced in midlife or beyond. […]
July 11, 2014

What Is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The disability rights movement has gained significant support in the United States since its inception in the 1960s. When the Civil Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, Americans who lived every day with the difficulties caused by disabilities began advocating for their rights and opportunities. Since then, advocates have worked tirelessly for people with disabilities, demanding equal rights and opportunities where they typically have been excluded simply because they are disabled. In response to […]
June 30, 2014

What is The Equal Pay Act of 1963?

Equal pay for equal work … it’s a concept that has long been disputed in American employment law. Did you know that it wasn’t started by women advocating for equal pay, but by unions fighting for equal wages for men? When soldiers went off to fight World War II and women worked their jobs to keep the U.S. economy functioning, the National War Labor Board urged employers to pay women the same wages as their male counterparts. Because, however, most […]
June 24, 2014

Employee Protection Laws in the United States

The EEOC or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was developed and created through the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  However, it has a mission that has been shaped by numerous pieces of legislation. It may have seemed to start simple enough but over the years many laws and amendments have continued to expand the role, responsibilities and authority of the EEOC. There are many pieces of legislation that make up the employment protection laws of the United […]
June 19, 2014

What is the EEOC?

The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the EEOC is a federal agency which has the responsibility of enforcing federal laws which prohibit discrimination of any kind in the workplace. Employment laws are in place which make it illegal for an employer to discriminate against an applicant or an employee based on the individual’s color, race, gender, state of pregnancy, religion, age (40 years old and above), national origin, genetic information or disability. Retaliation against a person who complains […]
June 11, 2014

Age Discrimination in the Workplace

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act or ADEA is a federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination based on an individual’s age. There are also state specific laws which make it illegal to discriminate against workers based on age. Employees who are 40 years old or older are protected from age discrimination under the ADEA. In 1990 the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA) was added as an amendment to protect older employees from being denied benefits by employers.
June 2, 2014

What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The Americans with Disabilities Act or the ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals based on their disabilities. This is similar to other employment laws which protect the civil rights of individuals on the basis of race, religion, gender, or national origin. The ADA is meant to provide equal opportunities for individuals who have disabilities in the workplace, transportation, public accommodations, telecommunications and state and government services.
May 27, 2014

What is Sexual Harassment?

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sexual harassment which is a form of sexual discrimination. It is prohibited by law to harass an applicant or an employee based on their gender. Harassment can include a wide variety of actions such as unwelcome sexual advances, asking for a sexual favor, and many other verbal, non-verbal or physical actions that are of a sexual nature. However, even offensive remarks that are made about a person’s gender or sexuality […]
May 19, 2014

What is the Fair Labor Standards Act?

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) was set in place to help protect workers from being treated unfairly in the workplace as it pertains to pay practices and work regulations. It is a federal law which describes different regulations regarding commerce employment and it details things like requirements for overtime, setting limits on child labor and establishing minimum wage. The FLSA is very important and employers must be willing to abide by the various regulations for the ways in which […]
May 13, 2014

Ethical Online Advertising and Web Design for Lawyers in NJ

The New Jersey Bar Association governs how a law firm or an attorney conducts themselves when engaging in advertising or when they are communicating via online media such as the Internet or websites. Since an attorney website is basically considered to be a form of communication or a means of advertising they are subject to being regulated by the bar’s rules. Each state may have its own set of rules regarding the handling of websites or advertisements by attorneys; and […]
April 20, 2014

What is The False Claims Act?

The False Claims Act is also called the “Lincoln Law” and is a federal law of America that imposes liability to federal contractors who defraud programs set up by the government. There is a provision that allows for those who are not affiliated with the government to also file actions for the government. Those that file can receive about fifteen to twenty?five percent of any of the recovered damages. Claims have typically been in health care, military, and other government […]
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