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Category Archives: Employment Law

How to Know If You’ve Been Wrongfully Terminated

In New Jersey, most people who work are at-will employees. This means their employer can fire them for most any reason, or for no reason at all, as long as no federal or state law is violated. But if you’ve been fired, it’s not always easy to figure out the true motives for the termination… Read More »

NJ Legislators Consider Bill to Outlaw Discrimination Based on Height and Weight

Studies have shown that overweight adults encounter 12 times more weight-based employment discrimination than thinner adults. Now, a proposed bill in the state Senate would make New Jersey the second state in the nation to ban discrimination against employees due to their height or weight. If passed, the Senate bill would add height and weight… Read More »

New Jersey Expands Employee Protections Against Age Discrimination

In New Jersey as elsewhere, age discrimination lawsuits have increased in recent years. Many employers have downsized their staffs of older employees in favor of hiring entry-level workers or part-timers with the goal of reducing overhead. In response, New Jersey has enacted a law that strengthens existing protections against age discrimination in the workplace. A… Read More »

Just Two Racial Slurs Can Amount to Hostile Workplace Discrimination, NJ High Court Rules

In New Jersey, an employment discrimination claim can be based on conduct severe or pervasive enough to make a person in a legally protected class believe that the working environment is intimidating, hostile or abusive. However, courts have disagreed on what level of conduct meets the “severe or pervasive” threshold. Now, the New Jersey Supreme… Read More »

Can Your Employer Require You to be Vaccinated for COVID-19?

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued guidance stating that federal discrimination laws do not prohibit employers from requiring employees entering the workplace to get vaccinated for COVID-19. However, the EEOC stated that some exceptions may apply under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Those laws mandate employers to provide reasonable… Read More »

Legislation Authorizes Paid Sick Leave for Workers Suffering from Coronavirus

New legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic allows certain workers to receive paid sick leave even if their employer previously did not provide it. In March, the federal government enacted the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This law assists employers that give their employees paid time off while suffering the effects of… Read More »

Eligibility for Unemployment Benefits When Job Loss Is Due to Coronavirus

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed by the federal government and signed into law on March 30, authorizes expanded unemployment benefits for Americans. Due to the major economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several distinctions from the traditional programs that states use to support employees who have been… Read More »

What Steps Should Employers Take to Stop the Spread of COVID-19?

As COVID-19 has plagued the United States, business leaders in every industry have gotten a crash course in virus prevention measures. Unfortunately, for many, the information regarding best practices has been confusing or even contradictory. Whether you’re an employee, a manager or a business owner, it is critical to know about the steps that should… Read More »