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April 2018 Archives

Taking a look at the Employee Income Retirement Security Act

The Employee Income Retirement Security Act, also known as ERISA, was passed into law in 1974. This piece of legislation governs the minimum standards required for pension and health plans that operate in the private sector. The law protects the individual members of these voluntary plans that choose to enter into them when employed.

Professor sues after firing over political activism

A former adjunct professor recently filed a lawsuit against Essex County College, claiming that her employment ended wrongfully after she appeared on national television defending the Black Lives Matter movement. The professor further claims that the college not only wrongfully terminated her for expressing her views, it also violated her protections under the New Jersey Civil Rights Act in the process.

New bill aims to make wages more fair for women and minorities

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy came out strong in support of wage equality for women in the workplace, announcing that he would soon sign into law the "most sweeping equal pay legislation in America." He went on to claim that women in New Jersey often make only 82 cents to the dollar compared to men who do the same work. In fact, the governor claimed that he had hoped to sign the bill on the newly minted Equal Pay Day, but chose to wait for Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg to return from vacation for the signing.

Understanding Equal Pay Day

April 10 marked Equal Pay Day this year. If that sounds like something to celebrate, it isn't. Equal Pay Day is about showing how much more work women must do before they have earned the same salary as men. An average man who began work on January 1, 2017 and ended work on December 31, 2017 earned the same amount as a woman who worked from January 1, 2017 to April 10, 2018.

What is an employer’s duty to reasonable accommodation?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), an employee who has a disability may compel an employer to provide certain accommodations for him or her, as long as the accommodations are "reasonable," which is not always easy to define for either the employee or the employer. If an accommodation is unreasonable, an employer may legitimately refuse to provide it, but understanding what qualifies as unreasonable can prove difficult.

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