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Can My Employer Make Me Sign a Non-Compete Agreement?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Mar 26, 2018 9:05:00 AM

A non-compete agreement is a contract between an employee and his or her employer that prohibits the employee from engaging in business activities that compete with the current employer's business. These agreements can operate in the present (i.e., to prohibit “moonlighting”), or they can begin to run when the employee leaves his or her employment. They are also sometimes called “covenants not to compete” or “restrictive covenants.”

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Topics: Employment Law

New Law Protects Breastfeeding in All NJ Workplaces

Posted by Jamison Mark on Mar 12, 2018 8:05:00 AM

Working mothers often face hurdles above and beyond the day-to-day challenges of balancing a career and family. One of these is the difficulty and inconvenience of breastfeeding or expressing breast milk during working hours—a physical necessity that, until recently, hasn’t been protected by New Jersey law.

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Topics: Employment Law

Is It Against the Law for an Employer to Ask Your Salary History?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jan 10, 2018 3:45:00 PM

If you’ve ever applied for a job or undergone a job interview, you’ve likely been asked questions about your previous employment and salary history. Recently, many cities and states have passed laws restricting or prohibiting prospective employers from questioning applicants about their salary history. New Jersey is considering a law addressing this issue, too. These laws could change the hiring process significantly for both candidates and hiring managers.

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Topics: Employment Law

Do I Get Paid Snow Days in New Jersey?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jan 3, 2018 4:46:00 PM

Winter weather in New Jersey can be unpredictable and frustrating. Not only can icy roads and heavy snow increase your risk of auto accidents and slip and fall occurrences, but extreme weather can also interfere with your ability to get to work. Occasionally, a storm is so severe that New Jersey declares a “state of emergency.” When conditions are this severe, are you entitled to take the day off work?

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Topics: Wage & Hour, Employment Law

Am I Entitled to Take Religious Holidays Off in New Jersey?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Dec 19, 2017 3:48:00 PM

With the holiday season close at hand, many workers hope to take some time off to spend with family and friends, rest and relax, or engage in religious celebrations. With the wide range of diversity in New Jersey, employees may celebrate many different holidays in many disparate ways. Do you know what your rights are in the workplace regarding time off for religious holiday celebrations?

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

Holiday Displays in NJ Workplaces: What’s Legal?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Oct 26, 2017 4:06:00 PM

As the weather grows cooler, the holidays are right around the corner. Many employers and workers are confused about what kind of holiday decorations, displays, and celebrations are legally allowed in the workplace.

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Topics: Employment Law, Discrimination & Harassment

How Do Employee Benefits Affect Prevailing Wage Requirements?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Sep 13, 2017 4:30:00 PM

If you work in construction, maintenance, or other building trades and services for public works in New Jersey, you have likely heard of the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act (PWA). This law establishes prevailing wage levels for NJ workers engaged in these trades, which vary depending on a workers’ experience, specialty, and location.[1] Besides setting wage rates, however, the PWA also sets out rules for providing “fringe benefits” to New Jersey trades workers.

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Topics: Wage & Hour, Employment Law

What Should I Do If My Employer Fails to Compensate My Work-Related Injury?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Sep 4, 2017 9:05:00 AM

If you’ve been injured on the job in New Jersey, the NJ workers’ compensation system is designed to help replace your lost wages and compensate you for your injuries. State law requires that private employers operating in New Jersey provide workers’ compensation benefits to all qualified employees through an insurance policy or an approved plan of self-insurance.[1] But what happens if you are hurt at work and your employer refuses to compensate you?

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Topics: Employment Law, Workers' Compensation

Am I Entitled to the Prevailing Wage in New Jersey?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 30, 2017 4:47:00 PM

If you are a contractor, subcontractor, or tradesperson in New Jersey, some of your contracts may be subject to “prevailing wage” laws. Whether you’re paying workers or ensuring that your pay is correct, it’s vital that you understand when the NJ prevailing wage laws apply and what they mean to you.

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Topics: Wage & Hour, Employment Law

NJ Bill Would Implement Portable Benefits Ideal for “Gig Economy”

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 17, 2017 3:42:00 PM

As the landscape of the modern workforce shifts, many workers are missing out on traditional employment benefits like health insurance, workers’ compensation, and retirement plans. A new bill introduced in the New Jersey has been approved by reviewing committees and is expected to be put up for a vote in the state assembly in the fall.[1]

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Topics: Employment Law