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June 2018 Archives

Were you fired for taking protected time off work?

While some employers offer generous benefits packages that include personal allowances to take time off for many reasons, nearly all employees may take time off for certain protected reasons, according to federal law. If an employee requests unpaid time off for one of these protected reasons, the employer must allow it in most instances, and may not retaliate against an employee who enforces his or her rights.

Is my employer’s confidentiality agreement legally enforceable?

Many employment agreements feature confidentiality agreements an employee must agree to as a part of accepting the job. Like the rest of the contract, confidentiality agreements can provide protection to both the employer and the employee, but primarily serve the interests of the employer.

Journey To Justice, June, 2018: New Jersey Employment and Civil Rights Lawyer Discusses Deadly Force by Police

Sadly and unfortunately, we're seeing more news coverage than ever before about police-involved shootings. That doesn't mean, of course, that police excess is a new phenomenon. America has experienced police excess - usually disproportionately directed at the poor, ethnic, and disenfranchised - for the entire history of police. What's new is the ability of the media to cover expose it and spread that information to the widest, most accessible audiences in history. More, with the advent of bodycams, cell phones and wide spread security cameras, the public has a better picture than ever of the raw data concerning these events.

Do independent contractors have worker’s rights?

Over the last several years, the employment landscape has shifted drastically, with many people opting to work as independent contractors. Depending on the circumstances, this can be a useful option that provides sufficient income while offering flexibility that traditional employment does not. But gig work also has some fairly serious drawbacks, at least under current laws.

Harassment knows no bounds

When you think of a typical sexual harassment scenario, the victim is probably female and in a position of less authority than the perpetrator. You may picture a waitress being harassed by a restaurant owner. You may picture a CEO propositioning an assistant. In reality, sexual harassment is pervasive in every industry and in a remarkably wide range of situations.

Teachers’ union secures raises after wage dispute

Wage disputes can sometimes get so bogged down in the details that it is difficult to see the big picture. This is common when it comes to fields like primary education, where teachers often face social expectations of receiving unfairly low pay for very demanding work. Many administrators and even teachers themselves seem to think that it is acceptable to pay teacher wages that are far from competitive, seeing the job as more of a service position than it truly is.

Was your termination discriminatory?

With the recent emphasis on discrimination in the workplace that has dominated the news over the past year, it's a wonder that any employer would risk the legal and financial consequences of a discriminatory firing, but that doesn't seem to be stopping some. You may find yourself suddenly out of a job for reasons that are either unclear or don't seem to align with the facts as you known them, and may have grounds to believe that your own termination is actually discriminatory.

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