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New law expands New Jersey employee rights

A new law passed by outgoing governor Chris Christie offers some expanded protections for employees' intellectual property, granting those who create intellectual property on their own time more tools to protect it. Under the new law, employees who create something on their own time without using employer resources may retain the sole right to use and own that creation.

Are undocumented workers guaranteed overtime pay?

Undocumented workers face numerous setbacks when it comes to protecting their rights and receiving fair treatment. In addition to the complex attitudes surrounding immigrations and undocumented workers in New Jersey and throughout the country, undocumented workers often face language barriers and other setbacks like the fear of deportation that make it much more difficult to defend their rights as employees.

New law protects mothers' rights in the workplace

The push to increase protections for women in the workplace scored a significant win at the turn of the new year here in New Jersey, as exiting governor Chris Christie approved a law mandating that women who choose to breastfeed while at work receive proper protection from discrimination.

How to respond to a violation of your rights in the workplace

When you believe that your employer violates your rights, you have a responsibility to carefully consider your response. Not only do you want to make sure that you keep your rights and privileges protected from potential retaliatory behavior by your employer, you also should consider how your response may affect others in your workplace. Creating workplaces that respect the rights of workers can only happen if those who experience injustice stand up against it.

State senate considers bill protecting employees' rights

After a year that brought with it so many setbacks for working people across the country, a bright spot of good news emerged recently in the New Jersey State Senate. The senate recently introduced a bill protecting employees' rights to sue employers and third parties on grounds of discrimination.

Are you an exempt employee under federal law?

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), many different types of employees may hold their employers accountable to pay them at least minimum wage and appropriate overtime pay for any more than 40 hours of work in a given work week. However, many other types of employees do not qualify for protection under the FLSA if their jobs meet certain qualifications. These exempt employees may legally work for less than minimum wage or go without overtime pay.

Can I expect any privacy in the workplace?

As an employee, you may not consider what rights you do or do not have in the workplace until you find one or more of them possibly violated. Unfortunately, many employees across all sectors of employment do not fully understand the nature of their rights in the workplace, and fail to defend those rights when an employer violates them. If you believe that your employer violated your employee rights, or simply want to better understand what you can expect in the workplace, you may want to consult with an employment law attorney.

Is your employer denying you fair disability accommodation?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), disabled employees throughout the country enjoy protection from discrimination in the workplace. In addition to protection from discrimination, the ADA requires employers to provide "reasonable accommodation" to disabled employees.

Do alcoholic employees have rights in the workplace?

As an employee, you have certain rights that you must understand enforce, if necessary. Some of these issues get exceptionally complicated, especially when it comes to employees who struggle with appropriate alcohol consumption. Your employer may have certain obligations to you if you struggle with alcoholism, but you also face some additional dangers that other employees may never encounter.

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