Employment Law

September 29, 2015

What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

It might be the year 2015, but there is still a lot of unlawful discrimination going on in our world, even for pregnant women.  In 2006, the EEOC actually received over 5000 complaints from new moms where they were having trouble at work because they were pregnant.  But, in 2015, while this number has gone down, it’s still quite a problem and is still quite prevalent in the workplace.  There are laws that keep you safe, however, but sometimes it’s […]
September 23, 2015
How Does Maternity Leave Work

How Does Maternity Leave Work?

Maternity leave used to be something that was either frowned upon by the male sexes or it was just something you never heard of anyone doing,  its a shame that the younger generation didn’t get enough Mom time, but nowadays things have changed and for the better for once.  Maternity leave or family leave as it’s more commonly called these days (since it’s for moms and dads) is when a mother or father takes off from work for a certain […]
September 18, 2015
Maternity Leave Laws in California

The Maternity Leave Laws in California

If you live in California and you are about to become a parent, it’s probably a good idea to get more information about the laws regarding maternity leave in this specific state. California has some of the BEST family leave laws in the country, but knowing your rights and responsibilities will help make your leave go smoothly without a hitch.  One of those laws called the PFL or Paid Family Leave went into effect in 2004.  Essentially this is a law […]
May 26, 2015

How to Report an Employment Law Violation

When most people hear the term “labor law violations” they think of those big companies like Google and Activision.  But, in all honesty, any place where there are employees and employers, labor law violations can and do happen.  In fact people file thousands of these charges every single year and they are for everything from larger corporations to medium sized businesses to family owned mom and pop stores.  These charges are called ULP or Unfair Labor Practices.  Not only can […]
May 19, 2015
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What to Ask an Employment Attorney

If you have a workplace related legal issue such as workplace bullying, discrimination, harassment of any type of unfair or unlawful termination, it might be time to meet up with an Employment attorney in New Jersey. This is of course, a worst case scenario.  One of the first things you should do is try to talk to the person in charge or to human resources to see what can be done – if anything.  If all else fails, then the […]
May 12, 2015

Types of Unions

In the United States, we have many different labor unions. While there are categories like Private, Public and Craft Unions, there are also smaller groups as well such as Manufacturing Unions, Building Trades, Transportation Unions and Service Industry Unions. If you are interested in the labor movement or you already work at a job where Unions are not available, but you want a new position that does offer unions, it might be important to get to know what the different […]
May 5, 2015

What are Right to Work Laws?

A right to work law is a law that allows employees to choose whether they want to join a Union or not or support a union or not for that matter.  When getting a job, an employee should carefully read all the fine print on their work card before signing anything.  If you live in a right to work state – there are 25 states in 2015 that are right to work states, here are a few things you should […]
March 10, 2015

Employment Laws for Management

While an employee needs to be aware of their rights and some of the laws as an employee for a business, entity or company, a manager or supervisor needs to be aware of ALL of the legal laws and rules when it comes to labor and employment laws.  Most of the companies out there work diligently and closely with Human Resources to make sure that certain laws and rules are being followed. If you are a supervisor, manager or even […]
February 23, 2015

Is My Boss a Bully?

In certain situations where you are the employee and the boss is the big honcho he or she might find it funny to belittle you.  Frankly, I dislike people like this.  People that think just because they are the “boss” that they can treat employees however they want because they can.  But, there is a line between someone being a bully – a jerk just for the sake of being a jerk, and someone physically hurting you or discriminating against […]
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 […]
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
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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
April 13, 2014

Laws that Protect Whistleblowers

When pursuing a whistleblower case the first step is to carefully check all th laws ans statutes that may apply to your given situation. An example is that although the Whistleblower Protection Act is well?known and has been extensively talked about it only actually covers a small part of the working population. When trying a case and not a federal employee, the case gets covered under different rules of protection altogether. An employment lawyer can work with you to set […]
April 5, 2014

The History of the Whistleblower Protection Act

Media finds whistleblowers as a popular subject and has for a long time. The Enron scandal is remembered by most Americans. Many debate whether the intelligence workers like Edward Snowden or Bradley Manning might qualify as “whistleblowers”. Most are aware of the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 as well that gets formed into the backbone of the whistleblower protection in theUnited States. The history of the concept of a whistleblower dates further back and includes an interesting history that gives […]
March 28, 2014

What is the Whistleblower Protection Act?

The Whistleblower Protection Act, or WPA, gives protection from retaliation or persecution to government employees that disclose to the police illegal and improper conduct that goes on in the workplace. The law is to protect any federal employees who uncover some wrongdoing and report it to authorities. Under the WPA, the government agency accused is not allowed to end the employment or “bully” a worker of government contractors, science based agencies like NASA, or national security personnel.
February 17, 2014
Laws That Protect Employees

Common Employment Law Questions

Federal and state governments have created many laws regarding employment practices to ensure safe and fair workplaces are available to all employees. Any New Jersey employment law attorney will tell you that these laws are put into place to make workplaces safe for all parties involved. Employers must keep up on the laws to ensure that they are providing a safe workplace for their employees that is free from discrimination and harassment. It is critical that employees have a good […]