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What happens if your employer doesn't pay you enough?

You get direct deposit, so you never have to cash your checks. This means you don't study them too carefully. Then, when you finally do, you realize that someone made a mistake and you've been getting paid too little. Maybe it's just a mistake for one pay period, or maybe they have been underpaying you for years. Now what?

New Jersey faces lawsuit over employees’s rights

New Jersey officials now face a lawsuit claiming that a recently passed bill violates employees' rights. The law, known as the Workplace Democracy Enhancement Act, places significant restrictions on employees' ability to leave unions or cease contributing to them financially. Opponents of the act claim that it places too many restrictions on when and how an employee can withdraw from participation in unions.

What does New Jersey’s new sick leave act cover?

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.

Can an employer deny benefits based on a worker’s age?

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.

Atlantic City public employees demand fair treatment

Public employees throughout Atlantic City are pushing back against what many see as an unfair reduction in rights and privileges by the local government. Some of the unions that represent these workers are considering lawsuits to reclaim civil service status for workers across many different areas of the public sector, including workers from public offices like city hall to firefighters and police, all of whom lost civil service status in 2016 as a part of a takeover of public works and services by the state.

Is it legal to record an employer in New Jersey?

With the flurry of news stories involving secret recordings that have come out in recent weeks and months, many employees have understandable concerns about whether or not it is legal to make "secret" recordings in their own workplaces. This is a complicated issue, because it deals with ethical boundaries as well as legal boundaries. However, there are some clear facts that are good to know.

Misclassifying employees is more common than you think

In many industries, it is common for businesses to operate with numerous independent contractors as their workers rather than hiring employees. While this may seem like a small distinction, in practice it is quite significant. If you work for your current employer as an independent contractor, you may want to carefully review your contract and the specifics of your employer's expectations of your performance to determine whether or not you are properly categorized.

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