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January 2019 Archives

Do you have to sign that workplace arbitration agreement?

An increasing number of corporate employers are requiring their employees to execute arbitration agreements in order to continue with employment. What's your "compensation" for signing? You get to keep your job. When you execute these agreements, you waive your right to utilize the court system and obtain a jury of members of the community. Instead, you're before one person: an arbitrator, paid by the corporation. These arbitrations cost tens of thousands of dollars. and the entirety of the cost is paid by the employer.

Plan to raise minimum wage in New Jersey to $15 per hour

The plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour in New Jersey continues to move forward. Another hurdle to raise the minimum wage in the Garden State was cleared on Monday, January 28, 2019, according to a report from WHYY. The bill, supported by Governor Phil Murphy and other top Democratic lawmakers, will head to the Senate and the Assembly for full votes later this week. The votes could be held as early as Thursday.

Female employees in New Jersey continue to face sexual harassment

Despite the growing efforts of many companies to tighten their sexual harassment policies, many female employees in New Jersey continue to encounter inappropriate behavior at work. According to NJ Advance Media, a survey was recently conducted to find out whether #MeToo had made any impact in workplaces around the state. The results revealed that most of the survey participants, made up of both men and women, had not noticed any significant changes in their own workplaces.

New Jersey labor laws protect your right to pay and sick leave

New Jersey state labor laws require employers to uphold certain hiring, firing and compensation standards when dealing with their employees. They also state that workers be paid a set minimum wage and overtime and restrict employers from hiring children to work in certain industries and certain schedules. These laws also specify whether wages can be withheld, how sick leave is accrued and how other benefits should be handled.

New Jersey Transit paid millions in discrimination lawsuits

No matter what sector an employee works in, the law provides broad protections against discrimination, even if the discrimination occurs in public offices. In the last several years, the topic of discrimination and harassment in the workplace has dominated headlines and the broader public conversation, which makes it all the more surprising when any organization faces discrimination suits repeatedly.

It is illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation

There is sometimes a bit of confusion when it comes to discrimination based on sexual orientation. However, it is important for employers and employees to understand that this type of discrimination is completely illegal.

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