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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Conflict is just a fact of life. Even when we were toddlers, it seems we had issues and were verbal about what we didn’t like. We argued with our siblings about our possessions and our “standing in the family”… even though being the oldest didn’t always trump other factors. Things didn’t change once we got to school either – there was always something to whine about it seems. No two people are alike and we are not cut from the […]
On Monday, November 2, 2015, President Obama introduced the concept of the “Drop the Box” initiative in a speech given at Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. The President announced a new executive order which will be geared to prohibit federal agencies from requesting job applicants to reveal if they have a criminal record. This initiative is part of Mr. Obama’s overall criminal justice reform effort. The “Drop the Box” initiative would allow prospective employees not to check a box […]
You might remember when your father referred to your mother as “the little woman” or “the wife” – that was commonplace in years past and I really doubt that Dad would be able to identify his main squeeze using either phrase nowadays without raising some hackles. There are many definitions that identify someone’s significant other and recent laws have caused employer benefit policies to be revamped as a result.
By now, most Americans are familiar with the terminology “ObamaCare” or “The Affordable Care Act” – the two are interchangeable. The Affordable Care Act, often abbreviated simple as the “ACA” was signed into law on March 23, 2010 by President Barack Obama. It was our 44th president’s goal to give everyone in the nation healthcare that was accessible and affordable. He was able to realize this dream which was fueled, in part, by his mother’s death from liver failure as […]
Social media in the workplace packs a one-two punch for employers who are often left scratching their respective heads over how to implement or enforce computer policies pertaining to their personnel. With the exception of computers replacing typewriters, there has likely been no other greater change to the workplace environment and definitely social media is here to stay.
The last bite of pumpkin pie has been enjoyed and the mouth has been duly dabbed with a napkin. The cook looks around the kitchen table with a smug feeling of satisfaction, knowing that everyone has enjoyed their Thanksgiving Day feast. She knows that soon the men will meander into the den to watch the football game while the women will don aprons and begin the massive clean-up process. Well, that little scenario might have happened before “Gray Thursday” came […]
In this day and age, almost everyone has some sort of a phone, whether it is an old flip phone or a smart phone. But, surveys show that while many people have Smartphones and cell phones, more and more people are doing less and less work… at work! In fact, studies show that 20% of an employee’s time at work is wasted doing things like surfing the web, playing games, being on social media accounts, even talking to friends – […]
Chances are if you work in a company, business or even a store, that water cooler talk is always prevalent in the office. Especially true when there is some sort of a presidential election going on like there is right now. People always want to chime in as to who they want to win, think should win, or what their different outlooks are in terms of the election, their political choices, etc. People often talk about all sorts of things […]
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 […]
When it comes to a property management company in NJ people seem to think that this is an easy job. But, just like any other authoritative figure, a company that manages properties such as apartments, condos, homes or even business buildings does have legal obligations and they need to be not only aware of those obligations, but also aware of state and local laws when it comes to property management regulations. When it comes to property management companies in any […]
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 […]