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February 2016 Archives

Employees, Not Independent Contractors

Among the many methods used by businesses to cheat workers is that of misclassification. By calling a worker an independent contractor, rather than an employee, companies can avoid a host of legal responsibilities, including the need to provide a safe workplace, pay proper wages and cover things like unemployment and worker's compensation. Misclassifying workers has grown alongside the practice of legitimately using contractors to provide labor. It is a sign that many employers are happy to cut costs at the expense of the communities they serve, even if doing so endangers workers and violates the law.

Technology Successful In Reducing Rear End Crashes

Data collected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that front crash prevention technology is highly successful. The findings provide further support for advocates of in-vehicle collision avoidance technologies. The National Transportation Safety Board included such devices in its Most Wanted List of transportation safety improvements for 2016.

Cyberbullying And Employment Law

With age comes wisdom. That's the theory, anyway. Unfortunately, there is no shortage of adults who seem to have avoided the maturation process. Bullying is often considered a problem among school-aged children. It is also a problem in countless workplaces, as adults who should have progressed beyond the juvenile behavior continue to harass, humiliate and accost the people around them. The law is evolving quickly to protect students from bullying behavior, but the progress has not been the same for adult victims. There may be options, however, to ensure that you are not bullied in the workplace.

Jump In Auto Accident Deaths Raises Concerns

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released preliminary data on 2015 traffic fatalities and news was not good. Over the first nine months of 2015, the NHTSA estimates that 26,000 were killed in fatal car and truck accidents. During the first nine months of 2014, fewer than 24,000 people were killed. The increase of 9.3 percent puts 2015 on track to be the deadliest year on American roads since 2008.

Respecting Religion In The Workplace

The New Jersey State Law Against Discrimination requires employers to provide reasonable religious accommodation to workers. The U.S. Constitution and the New Jersey State Constitution both guarantee people the right to observe the religion of their choice. In the employment setting, religious accommodation is an acknowledgement that employees come from different faiths and should not be restricted from practicing their religion without good reason. Any sincerely held religious belief is entitled to, at the very least, a discussion of ways your employer can accommodate.

Retaliation Guidelines Under Review

According to Equal Employment Opportunity laws, retaliation is "when an employer unlawfully takes action against an individual in punishment for exercising rights protected by any of the EEO laws." The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not handle all types of retaliation, but a significant percentage of the claims it handles are based on these allegations. EEOC data shows that 43 percent of the bias charges it handled for private sector employers were based on accusations of retaliation.

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