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How Long Do I Have to Be Employed to Get NJ Workers' Comp?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Dec 9, 2016 10:52:00 AM

In New Jersey, most workers are protected by workers’ compensation laws. Workers’ comp is a kind of insurance that employers are required by state law to carry. It compensates employees injured on the job for their medical costs and wages lost as a result of those injuries and long-term permanent disability (if applicable). Most employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, no matter how long they have been working for a particular company. However, timing can factor into your New Jersey workers’ compensation claim in a few ways, and other factors can impact your eligibility.

 

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Topics: Employment Law, Workers' Compensation

FAQ: Politics in the Workplace

Posted by Jamison Mark on Nov 5, 2016 9:55:11 AM

 

With election day right around the corner, it’s a good time to address politics as it relates to the workplace. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about voting and political issues in the workplace.

 

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

Watchdog Employees Often Face Adverse Employment Action

Posted by Jamison Mark on Sep 6, 2016 10:30:00 AM

"Whistleblower" workplace laws are intended to protect employees who complain of illegal conduct by an employer, including harassment, discrimination, wage theft, and safety violations. Watchdog employees, those whose role is to monitor employer compliance with relevant laws and regulations, have a right under state and federal laws to report those activities like any other employee. But, for some, the fear of adverse employment action can inhibit their responsibilities. 

 

 

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Topics: Employment Law

New Jersey Prevailing Wage: Your Legal Rate of Pay

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 29, 2016 10:30:00 AM

 

The New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act combats unfair labor practices by establishing a prevailing wage for workers who support public works. These employees are entitled to receive a prevailing wage set by the state in agreement with labor unions. If they are paid less than the prevailing wage, employees may be entitled to sue their employer for unpaid wages, costs, and attorney fees.

Unfortunately, violations of these laws have been all too familiar in the news lately. 

 

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Topics: Wage & Hour, Employment Law

Divorcing? The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination Protects You

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 24, 2016 10:30:00 AM

 

Recently the New Jersey Supreme Court concluded that protected “marital status” is not only limited to the state of being single or married. Employers have never been able to hire or fire someone for being married or unmarried, but the court’s ruling stated that “marital status” should be read broadly to include people “in transition.” That includes those who are preparing to get married as well as those who are going through a divorce.

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment, Family Law

Victim of Discrimination? What You Need to Know About the NJLAD

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jul 11, 2016 11:42:21 AM

 

 

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

Court Rules Divorce Is Protected Status Under NJLAD

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 25, 2016 10:00:00 AM

 

Going through a divorce can be extremely difficult – especially if it’s accompanied by the loss of your job. But a new ruling from the New Jersey Supreme Court might help protect your job: the Court recently ruled that the protection of New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) forbids all kinds of discrimination based on marital status, including whether a person is in the process of getting a divorce.

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment, Wrongful Termination, Family Law

What Is the New Jersey Prevailing Wage?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 6, 2016 12:57:58 PM

 

Certain workers in New Jersey and New York are protected by “prevailing wage” laws. These are government-mandated rules directing how much government contractors and subcontractors must pay workers on public works projects.

Significant violations of the prevailing wage laws continue to pepper the local news. In New York, a contractor is now facing charges of 139 counts of fraud related to a project at John F. Kennedy airport. These charges stemmed from allegations that the contractor failed to pay workers more than $250,000 in union benefits and filed false certified payroll records with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to cover up the deficiencies.

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Topics: Wage & Hour, Employment Law

Chris Christie Vetoes New Jersey Equal Pay Bill

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 7, 2016 12:06:39 PM

Earlier this week, Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed S992, a bill that would have expanded current equal pay protections for New Jersey workers, stating that some provisions, if enacted, would make New Jersey “very business unfriendly.” The bill had passed both houses of the state legislature by wide margins – 28-4 in the Senate and 54-14-6 in the Assembly.

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Topics: Employment Law

US Supreme Court Supports NJ Policeman in Free Speech Lawsuit

Posted by Jamison Mark on Apr 30, 2016 3:00:00 PM

 

Jeffrey Heffernan was a detective in the Paterson, New Jersey, police department. One day in April 2006, he stopped by the campaign offices of Lawrence Spagnola, who was running for mayor. His bedridden mother had asked him to obtain a yard sign for her so she could publicly support Spagnola’s campaign. Heffernan picked up the sign and chatted with the campaign manager before heading to his mother’s home.

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Topics: Employment Law, Free Speech