Employment Law

November 15, 2017

How to Talk About Politics at Work

In today’s political climate, talking about politics at work is often a tricky endeavor. Jokingly, many etiquette books will tell readers to avoid the five B’s: booze, boys, Bible, bill, and Biden. In other words, avoid discussing substances, romantic relationships, religion, finances, or politics while in polite company, as these can all be polarizing subjects. Unfortunately, some coworkers may have a difficult time remaining silent on these issues. For those who choose to participate in these types of conversations while […]
November 8, 2017

Common Gender Issues at Work

Though workplaces are often much more diverse today than they were even twenty years ago, workplace discrimination is still an uncomfortable occurrence in today’s workplace settings. Many gender-related issues can arise in the workplace, but they are often very simple interactions to handle. For those who are unsure of how to appropriately address a gender issue at work, contact an employment attorney in New Jersey with experience in workplace discrimination. They can provide advice on how to handle such scenarios […]
August 23, 2017

What Are Your Rights at Work?

Knowing your workplace rights is an important part of working outside the home. These days, people often speak of their ‘rights,’ but when it comes to the jobs we do for our employers, we often don’t know what those rights are. For instance, what about privacy? Do you have a right to privacy when you’re at work? What about termination? If you’re working for a company that fires you, did you have a right to expect never to be fired […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
January 21, 2016
Conflict Between Employees

How to Deal With Conflict Between Employees in the Workplace

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 […]
January 14, 2016
Definition of Spouse

What is The Definition of Spouse?

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.
January 12, 2016
The ACA

New Reporting Requirements Under The ACA

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 […]
January 8, 2016
Social Media in The Workplace

Using Social Media in The Workplace

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.
December 15, 2015
Work on a Federal Holiday (1)

Can Employees Refuse to Work on a Federal Holiday?

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 […]
October 14, 2015
Age of Smartphones

Employment in The Age of Smartphones – If My Boss Emails Me When I’m Not At Work Do I Have to Reply?

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 – […]
October 9, 2015
Presidential Election

The Presidential Election and The Workplace

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 […]
September 29, 2015
Pregnancy discrimination

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 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
Employment Attorney

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 […]