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What Are the Rules for Drug Testing in NJ Workplaces?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jul 6, 2018 3:06:00 PM

One of the highest priorities of New Jersey employers is to promote safety in their workplaces. Drug and alcohol use, however, can contribute to workplace accidents and create a hazardous environment. One method employers use to combat these dangers is drug testing, either before employees are hired or during their employment (or both). Although New Jersey does not have any laws regulating or restricting drug testing in the workplace, case law provides some guidance on the circumstances in which employer drug testing is permissible.

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Topics: Employment Law

NJ Employers of All Sizes Must Offer Paid Sick Leave

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 28, 2018 2:48:00 PM

In the last few years, numerous New Jersey municipalities have passed local laws governing paid sick leave, including East Orange, Jersey City, Montclair, Newark, Paterson, Plainfield, and Trenton. This patchwork of local laws left employers and workers alike confused about what was required of businesses and unsure of how to calculate and use leave. Many of these problems will be resolved when New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (the “Act”), which was signed into law on May 2, 2018, goes into effect on October 29, 2018 and preempts all existing New Jersey municipal earned sick leave laws.

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Topics: Employment Law

Help! My Previous Employer Gave Me a Bad Reference

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 25, 2018 1:49:00 PM

Looking for a job can be stressful. The difficult interview and hiring process can be even more difficult, however, if a previous employer gives you a negative reference. If your former employer gives you a bad reference, do you have any recourse?

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Topics: Employment Law

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

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