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Unpaid Overtime and Penalties Cost NJ Company Over $711,000

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A federal court ordered an electrical, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning company and its co-managers to pay over $711,000 to 89 workers who were denied overtime wages. In addition to unpaid wages, FTR Electrical Mechanical Contractors, Inc., based in Union, New Jersey, was charged with over $16,000 in civil money penalties and interest for willful […]

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What Should I Do if I Am Sexually Harassed at an Office Holiday Party?

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The annual holiday party is something that many employees look forward to as an opportunity to relax, celebrate the festive time of year, and enjoy each other’s company. These parties are also a great way for employers to show their employees how much their hard work and dedication is appreciated. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon […]

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Can Employers Ask Job Applicants about a Criminal Record?

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Not everyone who serves time in prison stays in for life or comes out even worse than when they went in. One of the main purposes of incarceration is rehabilitation, and there are countless examples of people who do their time, are released, and go on to live productive lives. Others are wrongly imprisoned, while […]

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How can Workplaces be Made Inclusive for Transgender Workers?

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The transgender movement greatly complicates workplace interactions and policies. What once was a generally objective standard for worker behavior and acceptable use of common areas, such as restrooms and changing areas, has become very subjective. Gender identity now matters as much as community standards for gender-specific behaviors. Even state and federal governments say so, and […]

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Must Companies Pay for Bereavement Time?

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When a loved one passes away, immediate family members are usually the ones who are most impacted. Dealing with grief is hard enough, and worrying about whether you will be paid for the time you need to take off from work can make it even worse. Although many employers will have bereavement policies in place, […]

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Older New Jersey Workers Gain More Protection Under New State Law

Older New Jersey Workers Gain More Protections Under New State Law Last week, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law further protections for older workers against age discrimination by amending the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). The amendment, which was signed by the governor on October 5, changed the NJLAD in the following […]

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Homophobic Discrimination Alleged by NJ State Troopers

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Two veteran New Jersey State Troopers allege, in a lawsuit against the agency, that they have experienced discrimination for their sexual orientation for their more than 20 year careers there. The two troopers, both lieutenants who joined the agency in 2001, now work in a new unit with the mission of making the state police inclusive. […]

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How are Pregnancy Stereotypes at Work Affecting Women’s Health?

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Women account for about half of the nation’s workforce. The vast majority of working women also will become pregnant and give birth at least once while employed. That means a lot of pregnant working women are dealing with workplace pregnancy stereotypes. When workplace stereotypes become pregnancy discrimination, an experienced employment lawyer can help to hold […]

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How Does the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination Protect Workers?

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The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) provides sweeping protections against acts of discrimination in the state. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you may have legal recourse, and you should know your rights under the law. Discrimination vs. Bias-Based Harassment This law covers discrimination and bias-based harassment, so it is wide in […]

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Marijuana Workplace Rules Take Effect in New Jersey

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In February 2021, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed the state’s landmark Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance and Marketplace Modernization Act, which legalized recreational marijuana for Garden State residents over 21. While the recreational cannabis use rules went into effect immediately, employers needed rules for how this affected drug policies at work. The state Cannabis Regulatory […]

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