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November 2018 Archives

Your right to overtime pay is guaranteed under federal law

During the holiday season, it's not uncommon for some employers to ask their workers to pick up a few extra shifts so that they can meet their customers' demands. Some employees may work double what they would during any other time of the year as a result. It's not unheard of for them to rack up in excess of 40 hours a week.

Experts claim sexual harassment is largely about control

Certainly, sexual harassment may often be sparked by desire or the wish for a romantic relationship. In many cases, people who are in positions of power see opportunities to take advantage of those under them, knowing that employees fear losing their jobs and want to make their supervisors happy.

Paid sick leave violations

The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act became effective in late October 2018. Its protections cover the vast majority of New Jersey workers, even those working for smaller employers. The gist of the law is that all protected workers will accumulate at least one hour of sick leave for every 30 hours of work. In some cases, there is a probationary period for new employees before they can build up sick leave. Employers are required to allow employees to accrue up to 40 hours of leave per year. This allows workers to take time to recover from illnesses or care for sick loved ones and still get paid for a period of time.

New Jersey employers should be careful when hiring minors

Child labor laws are enforced by the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. They restrict when and how much someone under the age of 18 is allowed to work, the types of the establishments that they may work for, the tasks they can carry out and the products or machines that they're allowed to use.

3 questions to ask if you suspect a wrongful termination

Did you get fired, and are you wondering if that firing was actually illegal? While employers in the United States do have a lot of freedom to hire and fire employees as they see fit, that does not mean every situation adheres to the letter of the law. Here are four questions to ask if you think your employer violated your rights:

Are you working for a company as a contractor? Here’s what you should know.

Over the past few years, there has been a rise in flexible, short-term employment opportunities. This “gig economy” allows workers to earn money independently, not tying themselves to an employer. Some well-known gig economy jobs include Uber and Lyft car services, Wag dog-walking, Postmates and other food delivery services and more.

Study shows that some people are pushing back against 'MeToo'

The #MeToo movement gave many people a voice to speak out about sexual harassment and abuse. These topics are often emotionally difficult for people to talk about on their own. The momentum of hearing other stories helped people come forward.

11 things your boss cannot do because of your religion

The United States is supposed to be a melting pot for people of all different races, ethnicities, religions and cultures. It is a place where everyone needs to get an equal opportunity. Unfortunately, many people feel they have been denied that opportunity in the workforce because they have faced discrimination. In many cases, the discrimination revolves around religion.

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