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Wage & Hour Laws Archives

New Jersey's minimum wage raise took effect Jan. 1

Among the new laws that took effect in New Jersey on Jan. 1, 2018, is a welcome increase in the state's minimum wage. Those who currently serve in minimum wage positions should expect to see the increase on payroll for hours worked after Jan. 1, but some employers may need some assistance implementing the increase effectively and in a timely manner.

Sports bar ordered to pay back wages to former employees

Right down the road in New Brunswick, a sports bar recently faced a court order to pay almost $60,000 in unpaid wages to former employees. The order came after a multi-year lawsuit on the part of six former employees. According to the suit, the employees claimed that the bar did not uphold minimum wage laws. The bar is only one of about 70 franchised locations throughout the country.

Misclassified employees are often owed back pay

Depending on the nature of your job and other factors, your employer may misclassify you as an exempt employee. Employee misclassification is a significant problem in many industries, and one that employers are rarely eager to fix. If you face misclassification, whether an employer misclassifies you as an exempt employee accidentally or purposefully, you still must deal the same consequences.

New Jersey employer reaches agreement with nurses' union

Hospitals and medical care centers are certainly a good place to go when you suffer an injury, but for the nurses who staff them, these establishments often pose serious health risks if company policies do not provide adequate support to the staff. This conflict was at the heart of a recent negotiation between a New Jersey medical center and a nurses' union.

Lawmakers approve back pay for government workers

The recent government shutdown here in New Jersey may have come and gone for the rest of the country, but for our government workers, the lost time will translate directly to lost pay, at least for now. It also serves to highlight an often-overlooked issue for government workers — in the event of a shutdown, what are they supposed to do about the lost time they won't be paid for?

Exotic dancers win class-action lawsuit

Just because a person works in an industry that some portions of the public object to does not mean that they deserve fewer protections than any other type of worker. Workers rights advocates and exotic dancers alike won a significant victory recently, when a federal judge ruled in favor of nearly 30,000 dancers in a class action suit against a chain of nightclubs that operates across several states.

Subcontractors fight back for fair pay

When you work as a subcontractor, it is absolutely crucial that your employer pays you properly and on time. Of course, if you work as a subcontractor, you already know that this does not always happen. While many workers shrug it off as part of the business, employers who underpay are breaking the law, and should be held accountable.

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