New Jersey Business Law eNewsletters

Bootlegging Businesses

In large cities and small towns across New Jersey, it’s not uncommon to find vendors on the street selling DVDs and CDs. Many consumers may not give it a second thought. However, many of these media are of movies and music items that haven’t been released to the general public. These bootleggers smuggle video cameras into movie theaters and record the movies as they are played. They then download them onto DVDs and sell them on the streets of New Jersey. As part of the Family Entertainment and Preservation Act, individuals who record movies in such a manner are breaking the law. Selling copyrighted material is also in violation of patent, trademark and copyright laws. Those convicted of such crimes can be sentenced to time in prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. New Jersey Business Designation The state of New Jersey Trade Names, Trademarks and Unfair Trade…
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Exempt Versus Nonexempt Employees

Are you entitled to receive overtime pay when you work more than 40 hours per week? If you own a business, must you pay your employees at least the minimum wage? The answer to both questions depends on whether or not the employee is considered “exempt”. You have no doubt heard the terms exempt or nonexempt used in employment listings and during hiring decisions, but not everyone understands the long-term implications of which category to use. When we say that one class of employee is “exempt” we mean that their employers do not have to adhere to the standards laid out in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or New Jersey state laws when it comes to dealing with these employees. Among other protections for employees, the FLSA requires employers to provide at least minimum wage, and to pay them one-and-a-half times the regular pay rate for hours worked beyond…
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Our Monmouth County Business Attorneys Discuss the Importance of Following Overtime Wage Laws

State and federal wage laws require employers to compensate nonexempt employees for the overtime hours they work. Employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act who are not exempt from overtime pay requirements are entitled to receive one and a half times their normal pay rate for all hours worked in excess of a regular 40-hour workweek. New Jersey overtime laws mirror FLSA rules, also requiring time and a half for nonexempt employees who work more than 40 hours in a single workweek. If you need assistance properly classifying your employees as exempt or nonexempt for overtime pay purposes, or if you are currently involved in an overtime pay dispute, an experienced Monmouth County business attorney can help. Overtime pay disputes often arise from: Misclassifying an employee as exempt or as a contractor Miscalculating overtime hours Failing to pay the correct overtime rate Offering time off in lieu of monetary…
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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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