New Jersey Business Law eNewsletters

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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New Jersey’s Economy May Be Improving

Information from a Monmouth County Business Lawyer A recent survey stated that executives in New Jersey have reason for optimism. Employment, profits and sales for New Jersey businesses have all improved this year and reached the highest levels in recent years. New Jersey industry leaders and government officials weighed in on this survey and explored the reasons why the state’s economy continues to improve. Signs of Economic Improvement in New Jersey New Jersey is making strides toward becoming a state for thriving businesses. According to the survey, 57 percent of businesses expect the value of their sales to increase next year, and only 15 percent of businesses said their sales would decline. In the same survey, 52 percent of employers expect their profits to increase, compared to 18 percent that expect a decline. This net positive of 34 percent is the highest expectation in 5 years. Hiring may be on…
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Conducting Pre-Employment Background Checks

Pre-employment background checks can be an effective way for employers to minimize their risks when they hire a new employee. The accessibility of information on the internet makes it easy for employers to track down such items as credit reports, driving records and criminal records to learn what kind of a person an applicant is. If you are interested in conducting a pre-employment background check to help your company save time and money in its hiring practices, a Monmouth County business lawyer can provide guidance as to legal requirements. Benefits of Pre-Employment Background Checks By researching people interested in working for their company, employers benefit from the information they learn in several ways: Employers learn about the integrity of their applicants. Estimates range from a fourth to three-fourths of job applicants include misleading information on their resume or job application. Employers protect themselves legally. For positions involving children or the…
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What Is a Hostile Work Environment?

A hostile work environment exists when an employee or employees cannot reasonably perform their work duties due to the hostile actions of their co-workers and/or supervisors. Such actions might include: Sexual harassment Physical harassment Verbal harassment Threats or intimidation Discrimination based on an employee’s race, national origin, sex, gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation or other legally protected characteristic Retaliation for reporting safety violations, notifying upper management about an issue at work, filing a workers’ compensation claim, joining a union or acting as a whistleblower Retaliatory actions might include writing up employees for rules they didn’t break, changing employees’ schedules to include hours they can’t work, and reducing employees’ hours or cutting their pay. If you are being harassed, threatened, intimidated or discriminated against because of a legally protected characteristic, or if you are the victim of retaliation, you may have cause for an employment lawsuit. What Employees Should Do…
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