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Can I expect any privacy in the workplace?

As an employee, you may not consider what rights you do or do not have in the workplace until you find one or more of them possibly violated. Unfortunately, many employees across all sectors of employment do not fully understand the nature of their rights in the workplace, and fail to defend those rights when an employer violates them. If you believe that your employer violated your employee rights, or simply want to better understand what you can expect in the workplace, you may want to consult with an employment law attorney.

Is your employer denying you fair disability accommodation?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), disabled employees throughout the country enjoy protection from discrimination in the workplace. In addition to protection from discrimination, the ADA requires employers to provide "reasonable accommodation" to disabled employees.

Do alcoholic employees have rights in the workplace?

As an employee, you have certain rights that you must understand and enforce, if necessary. Some of these issues get exceptionally complicated, especially when it comes to employees who struggle with appropriate alcohol consumption. Your employer may have certain obligations to you if you struggle with alcoholism, but you also face some additional dangers that other employees may never encounter.

New law offers protections for transgender students, employees

Governor Christie has passed a new law aimed at creating protections for transgender individuals attending New Jersey schools. While the bill does have its fair share of detractors, it is an important step forward in recognizing transgender rights and moving the state's academic and professional communities toward more inclusive support of individual rights.

B&H faces employee protests over warehouse relocation

A New York organization has partnered with employees of B&H Photo to protest an upcoming move that may mean hundreds of employees losing their jobs. Not only does B&H have a history of complaints about worker treatment, the planned move of some warehouses from New York to New Jersey may violate labor laws.

Can I expect any privacy at work?

When you work for an employer, there is often confusion about exactly how much privacy you can expect while at your job. Most commonly, employees face issues of privacy involving their communications with others and their employee's right to monitor those communications. Although your employer does retain broad rights to monitor your communication, these rights do have limits. Unfortunately, many employers do not recognize or abide by these limits.

New Jersey Wage and Hour Attorney Discusses The Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017

Don't be fooled by the so-called Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017, which by the way is only the latest GOP effort to have this or a very similar bill enacted. Similar bills were introduced and failed in 2012, 2013 and 2015. The GOP wants to fool you by claiming that this bill would help working families and allow them the "flexibility" to "earn" compensatory time that can be used later to accommodate family issues such as sick children (which is why we have the FMLA) or other needs.

Do I still have rights as an employee?

As an employee, it is sometimes easy to forget that you have certain rights under the law. It seems like every other day another news story rolls out about businesses stripping away another layer of our rights, or of new federal de-regulation giving employers more power than ever.

Can I be fired for leaving my job to serve in the military?

The choice to serve our country is a great sacrifice, and should be met with great dignity and respect. Sadly, those who make the sacrifice to put their lives on hold and serve their country often face many difficulties returning to their regular lives, especially those who have established employment. The good news is that service members, especially Guard and Reserve members, have some special protections and rights to re-employment when there service takes them away from a job.

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