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December 2016 Archives

What is a constructive discharge?

As an employee, it is always possible that you may be terminated for unfair or discriminatory reasons, which is the basis of a traditional wrongful termination suit. However, depending on various elements of the case, you may be able to file a variation of a wrongful termination suit, even if you leave your job voluntarily. In legal terms, this is known as "constructive dismissal."

New Jersey whistleblower protections

One of the most difficult experiences to navigate as an employee is how to respond when you become aware of illegal activity taking place within your company. New Jersey employees who choose to come forward and report offenses to the proper investigative agencies are offered several protections as part of the state's Conscientious Employee Protection Act. An understanding of these statutes can help an employee plan his or her next move if such an action is needed.

Can I be fired because of an on-the-job injury?

Being let go from a job is never an easy experience, and almost always the individual who is fired is made to feel that he or she is personally responsible for the event. In reality, however, there are many instances in which the employer is in the wrong for either the way in which they terminated an employee or the grounds for that termination. In many cases, a termination may occur because the employee, through no fault of his or her own, is inconvenient to employ, or presents a financial burden that the employer does not want to meet. The details of each case are different, but many instances of an employee being let go subsequent to an on-the-job injury are grounds for a wrongful termination suit.

Safety group releases top ten list of accident prevention

Every year, the National Transportation Safety Board releases a top ten list of safety initiatives in plans to target in the coming year. The NTSB does not have the power to compel changes in the transportation industry, but it has the ability to agitate for changes that could help protect the traveling public. The top ten list for 2017 has been released and contains some interesting items aimed at reducing fatal car accidents.

Political discrimination is often unprotected

The presidential election has given rise to discrimination in some surprising areas, emboldening individuals across many racial, religious, socioeconomic and political divides, among others, to berate those they see as dangerously different. While it is hopeful that this kind of discrimination would stay out of the workplace, that is surely hoping for too much. Some businesses are taking the opportunity to voice their disapproval of the president-elect in a surprisingly ironic way — by coming out against Trump supporters, and in some cases saying that the company does not wish to serve them or possibly even employ them.