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Can Businesses Make Employment Decisions Based On Social Media?

Business Law Firm for Companies in Manalapan Township Social media platforms have become the most popular websites on the internet, allowing millions of Americans to connect and converse with each other. However, social media has become a complicated legal arena for both businesses and employees. Employees may behave unprofessionally on social media accounts, either before or during employment. In some cases, this unprofessional behavior can create a conflict with the type of image a company may desire from its employees and raise questions about the legality of employment decisions based on social media. In 2013, New Jersey passed legislation that bars employers from requesting social media passwords as a condition of employment. As a result, employees can maximize privacy settings and employers have no recourse to ensure their company image is being properly represented. Laws barring businesses from using social media to make employment decisions can have significant drawbacks. Are…
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FLSA Changes Regarding Overtime

Our New Jersey Employment Lawyers Discuss Changes to the Overtime Regulations The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is responsible for setting all regulations regarding minimum wage, overtime, bookkeeping and youth labor in federal, state and local government as well as in the private sector. The Obama administration has set out to update the FLSA so that it will more accurately reflect the economic growth of our country since the original FLSA document in 1938. The result of this undertaking is a 295-page document the Labor Department titled Rewarding Hard Work, which is full of proposed regulation changes. Here’s a list of what these new regulations would do: Raise the minimum salary base from $455 per week to $970 per week for all professional, executive, administrative and highly compensated employees. Raise the annual income to be considered a highly compensated salary employee from $100,000 to $122,000. Establish an automatically escalating salary…
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Study Finds Women Victims of Workplace Harassment for ‘Acting Like Men’

New Jersey Employment Lawyers on Workplace Harassment Recently, the results of a five-year study were revealed and the findings concerning what women are experiencing in the workplace were startling. Researchers polled over 1,000 women and men at various companies to collect the data used in the study, which was revealed in an article in Fusion. The study’s polling consisted of two questions: Do you hope to become top management at a big company? Do you believe you can become top management? The study results indicated that following two years on the job, men’s desire to and confidence they could become top management at a large company each dropped 10 percent. After two years working, women’s confidence in their ability to and aspiration to become top management at a big company on the other hand fell 50 percent and 60 percent respectively. A second study included in the Fusion article focused…
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Can Employees Sue for Harassment About Their Weight?

A New Jersey Employment Lawyer Discusses Employment Law A former New Jersey resort employee is suing his ex-employer for discrimination against him based on his weight. According to the claim, the employee was made fun of by his bosses because of his weight. The employee in the case, at 300 pounds, could be classified as morbidly obese. The distinction between overweight and morbidly obese is important, as there are legal implications to each. If you’ve watched the news recently, you probably know that obesity rates in America rose steadily within the last few decades and that we are now experiencing what some may call an “obesity epidemic”. Along with this rise in obesity has been an increase in people calling out so-called “fat-shaming” in the workplace and society as a whole. So, you might be surprised then to learn that there are actually no protections for employees who face discrimination…
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Are Racial Discrimination and Cronyism a Problem in the NJ National Guard?

Our New Jersey Business Attorneys Explain the Devastating Effects of Racial Bias Allegations of racial bias and cronyism at the top levels of leadership are rocking the New Jersey National Guard. Multiple complaints center on adjutant general, Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff and Brig. Gen. James Grant, director of the joint staff. A number of separate complaints allege that both Cunniff and Grant have consistently shown unfair favor towards members of the Guard who are loyal to their personal agendas, and retaliation towards those who have raised complaints about incidents of sexual misconduct and discrimination. In addition, many of those bringing forth lawsuits allege that race has played a factor in the violations they have experienced and that Cunniff and Grant have given promotions to white guard members while dismissing or failing to promote members of color. New Jersey National Guard spokesman Patrick Daugherty has publicly stated that there is no…
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