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Do I Need a Lawyer for My New Jersey Prevailing Wage Claim?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 5, 2019 1:17:00 PM

If you work in certain industries in New Jersey, your pay may be regulated by the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act (PWA)This law establishes a “prevailing wage level,” or set wage rate, for workers engaged in construction, maintenance, and other services for many New Jersey public works projects. If the PWA applies to your position and your employer isn’t complying with its requirements, you may have a legal claim.

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Topics: Wage & Hour

New Jersey Explores Mandatory Severance for Mass Layoffs

Posted by Jamison Mark on Jun 11, 2019 3:32:00 PM

In recent years, several large companies have laid off thousands of New Jersey workers. Although the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988 (the “WARN Act”) provides some protection to employees of large companies during layoffs, many states, including New Jersey, have additional rules that supplement or reinforce the federal protections for workers subject to mass layoffs. A bill pending in the New Jersey Senate, however, would continue the state’s push to pioneer groundbreaking worker-friendly policies by extending additional protections to employees terminated in large workforce reductions. 

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Topics: Wage & Hour, Employment Law

Racial Pay Gaps Persist Despite Efforts

Posted by Jamison Mark on Mar 13, 2019 2:09:00 PM

Despite laws prohibiting pay discrimination based on race, gender, national origin, or ethnicity, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD), significant wage gaps persist between white male employees and other demographics. 

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Topics: Wage & Hour, 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

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

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

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

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

Bill Passes to Increase NJ Minimum Wage

Posted by Jamison Mark on May 20, 2016 4:30:00 PM

 

Moving Toward a $15 Minimum Wage

A bill aimed at increasing the New Jersey minimum wage has been approved by the state Senate Labor Committee and the Labor Committee of the NJ Assembly and now is headed to a vote by the full NJ Assembly. The bill would require employers to pay their workers at least $10.10 per hour by 2017, up from the current minimum wage of $8.38 an hour. Each year thereafter until 2021, the state’s minimum wage would go up by either $1.25 or $1 plus an amount adjusted for inflation, whichever is greater. After 2021, annual increases will be tied to changes in the Consumer Price Index (which, generally, measures “inflation,” or how much the purchasing power of a dollar decreases). Although it has been referred to as the “$15 minimum wage bill," that amount would not take effect for a number of years, depending on inflation.

 

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Topics: Wage & Hour

Workers' Comp FAQ: Are You an Employee or an Independent Contractor?

Posted by Jamison Mark on Aug 7, 2015 12:00:00 PM

 

If you’ve been hurt on the job, in order to file a claim for workers’ compensation, you must be considered an “employee.” While we often think of “employee” as anyone who does work for someone else, “employee” is actually a legal term that comes with many protections and benefits, including workers’ compensation insurance coverage.

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Topics: Wage & Hour, Employment Law, Workers' Compensation

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