New Jersey lawmakers recently passed legislation that expands the paid sick leave rights of employees, requiring employers to offer sick leave to those who qualify. This leave covers many different circumstances. It may offer the flexibility that most people need at some point in their life when times are hard, either for themselves or for loved ones.
As more and more workers face the realities of inflation outpacing wage growth, people in entry-level positions often suffer the most difficulty finding financial footing. However, New Jersey lawmakers are considering some big shifts in wage laws that may relieve some of this mounting pressure. They are considering legislation to raise the minimum wage from its current rate to approximately $15 per hour.
A recent survey conducted by an international insurance provider identified sexual harassment as the most prevalent type of misconduct in the workplace. The findings of the survey are no surprise to people in the employment law field. Employers have long tolerated this form of abuse. Many still maintain written or unwritten policies that contribute to a workplace culture rife with hostility and harassment, much of it based on gender or sex.
When people hear the term "service animal" they almost automatically default to a vision of a service dog. However, there are a number of other animals that provide service to the disabled. For instance, since at least the 1970s people with spinal cord and other mobility impairments have received highly trained capuchin monkeys. The only service animal, other than a dog, recognized by federal law is a miniature horse. As more and more medical providers explore the benefits of service and support animals, additional species are added to list. Have you heard of therapy chickens? It is a real thing.
These days, keeping a job as an aging employee can feel more and more precarious with each passing year. As a younger, often cheaper to employ workforce swells in size, older workers with more experience regularly find companies looking for ways to hasten them out the door. While this is sometimes understandable from a very cynical, nothing but-the-numbers standpoint, it is far from an ethical practice.