In the November elections, NJ voters voted, with 61% in support, to amend the NJ State Constitution to increase the minimum wage, effective January 1, 2014, from $7.25 per hour to $8.25 per hour. The amendment will also require annual increases to the minimum wage in the event of a cost of living increase. NJ has become just the fifth state in the union to make the minimum wage a matter of constitutional mandate.
January 2014 Archives
State benefit programs in both New Jersey and California have become the model for a new program that has been proposed at the federal level. The new piece of legislation that has been proposed is one that would take the employee rights enumerated under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to a new level.
In the hierarchy of a corporation, a New Jersey employee may not always agree with the decisions of a supervisor or other individuals higher up on the organizational tree. There are times when subordinates must simply keep their mouths shut and do as instructed. There are, of course, other instances in which employees should refuse with the full weight of the law behind them.
For three years, the number of discrimination claims that were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission were at some of the highest levels in the agency’s history. From 2010 to 2012, there were a minimum of 90,000 claims filed each year. These claims included discrimination or bias against all protected classes -- a trend that is common during a recession.
Just before 2013 ended, a settlement was reached in an employment lawsuit involving a New Jersey-based dairy company. Cream-o-Lakes does business in the private and the public sector by providing dairy products to schools, federal agencies and commercial businesses in New Jersey as well as several neighboring states.
Let's pretend that your daughter, all of 22 years old, has just graduated College. She's got a Business Degree, but in the 21st century economy, she's finding the job market tough. She finds, and accepts, a position as a "volunteer intern" with a company where she hopes, if she does well, she might obtain a job offer in due course. She's living at home, but she's getting up, each morning, bright eyed and bushy tailed, to go to work and make her bones. She's looking forward to her future and considers this voluntary work a brief "stop-over" to a paid job.