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May 2014 Archives

Ex-adviser to Gov. Christie claims wrongful termination

Being dismissed from a job for any reason can certainly impact your financial stability. In some cases, termination negatively impacts a person's reputation, impeding one's ability to seek future employment.

Employee rights or annual budget: Debate over New Jersey pensions

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is reportedly considering moving June's state-funded pension payments back due to a budget shortfall. At the same time, an appeals court is considering a case that could impact the payment of pensions going forward.

New Jersey Attorney Questions Comcast's Self-Serving Lobbying Efforts

I find myself concerned about the recent article I read on regarding Comcast and its lobbying efforts. Comcast seems to have a lot of time on their hands, and, according to the article, in 2013 they occupied that time by spending $18.8 million on lobbying fees. It appears that Comcast lobbies not only for issues directly related to their business, but they also have worked to influence bills centered on immigration reform, homeland security and college aid, according to reports. And if it isn't enough for Comcast to dominate in the cable and internet industry, it now owns TV Networks (NBC and Telemundo), a movie studio (Universal), theme parks and sports channels. And don't forget the proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable (Senate committee hearings begin soon).

Decision reached in Anheuser-Busch workplace discrimination case

This past Friday, a very interesting and closely followed workplace discrimination lawsuit against filed against Anheuser-Busch came to a close when a jury returned a verdict siding with the beverage giant.

Cheerleaders claim unpaid overtime and unfair compensation

In terms of compensation, some famed positions of employment have traditionally offered more prestige and honor than money. For example, a former member of the New York Jets' cheerleading squad, the "Flight Crew," has filed a lawsuit stating that the team underpays cheerleaders.

Does your employer make accommodations for pregnant workers?

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act, a federal law enacted to protect pregnant women in the workplace, does not address all employment issues that pregnant women could face. Court decisions are still split on the extent to which employers must accommodate pregnant workers.

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