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The McDonald’s Pay Rate Debate

 

Anyone trying to make a living earning a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour knows that it is not enough to make ends meet. Economists warn about the negative consequences of increasing the minimum wage, including layoffs and higher costs at the register. Wages are only part of the benefits guaranteed to workers by a […]

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Facebook Defends Forced Arbitration

 

Huffington Post recently called out Facebook for using a forced arbitration policy to deal with employee sexual harassment claims. This could be an awkward time for one of the largest companies to have this kind of policy in place, since women and men are more vocal about discrimination and sexual harassment now than ever before. […]

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Paid Sick Leave Coming to New Jersey in the Fall for Workers

 

Workers in New Jersey will be provided paid sick leave in the fall under a new bill signed on Wednesday by Governor Phil Murphy. The paid sick leave bill, A-1827, mandates that employers must provide one hour of paid sick leave to employees for every 30 hours worked, which will be capped at 40 hours […]

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Gas Station Owner Shortchanges Workers

 

Are you a gas station worker who is paid a flat monthly rate? If so, your hourly wages may be below the applicable minimum wage standard. The United States Department of Labor is working to ensure that shortchanging the wages of gas station workers ends. Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against […]

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New Bill Could Weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act

 

A recent bill that passed in the United States House of Representatives, in February 2018, could weaken certain provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and make it more difficult to sue based on disability discrimination. It is yet to be determined how this would affect employment lawsuits. The bill provides a cushion for […]

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Pentagon Misconduct Complaints

 

According to data from the Department of Defense investigators, the number of misconduct claims made against senior military and defense officials has gone up in recent years, but a higher percentage of these claims have been dismissed as not credible. Because of this higher rejection rate, fewer officers were found guilty of misconduct in recent […]

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Flu Epidemic Gives Urgency to Sick Leave Law

 

As New Jersey feels the effect of the flu epidemic this year, legislators are calling for laws requiring paid sick time as a matter of public health. Employees who do not have the ability to take paid sick leave will go to work despite their illness, exposing their co-workers to potentially contagious viruses, including the […]

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Legislators Approve Amendment Against Wage Discrimination Policies

 

On Monday, an amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), A-1/S-104, was approved by New Jersey legislators. The amendment, which reflects the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, passed in both houses of Legislature and will combat wage discrimination policies. Former Governor Chris Christie vetoed the passing of the Lilly Ledbetter Act […]

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Online Sexual Harassment Outside the Workplace

 

When most people think of workplace sexual harassment, they think of unwelcome touching and flirting in the office. Although this certainly does happen, it is far from the only way sexual harassment can occur. Workplace sexual harassment can occur online and when it does, it can be as destructive as face-to-face harassment. Ways Sexual Harassment […]

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Bill to Change How Sexual Harassment is Reported in Congress

 

In January 2018, federal legislators introduced a new bill to overhaul the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995, bringing it into the modern era. The bill was introduced by Democrat and Republican lawmakers hoping to make the sexual harassment reporting process for individuals working on Capitol Hill more transparent. Discussions of such a bill began in […]

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