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Employers: Do Not Dock Workers’ Pay When They Take Short Breaks

By | February 26th, 2018|Categories: Wage & Hour|Tags: , , , , , |

We like to bring employers simple tips that can head off problems before they start.  Here's one that comes from a recent decision from the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and (yes) the Virgin Islands.  The tip is this: do not dock workers' pay for taking short rest [...]

Where’s My Dictionary?

By | February 25th, 2018|Categories: Just Interesting|

At the law firm where I held my first private sector job following my clerkship a partner told me that "we're in the vocabulary business."  This was fine with me, as I've always had a pretty good vocabulary thanks to excellent schooling and lots of reading.  Back in high school my siblings took to calling [...]

Managing Litigation Risk in the Smaller Business

By | February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Finding & Hiring an Employment Lawyer|

People who own and operate small firms are positioned to have among the most challenging yet fulfilling of all business enterprises.  However, experience teaches us that is that most businesses will be involved in at least one lawsuit, possibly as a plaintiff but more likely as a defendant. This is especially true in the area [...]

Sometimes Boilerplate in Contracts Really Makes a Difference

By | February 16th, 2018|Categories: Wage & Hour|Tags: , , |

Or The Eyes Of Texas Were Upon the Beauty Consultant from NJ How many contracts have you signed in the course of your business career?  Did any of them contain a choice of law provision?  You know, buried down somewhere toward the end where you always find the boilerplate provisions, where they put the stuff [...]

A Look Back and A Look Forward

By | February 14th, 2018|Categories: Firm News|

With 2017 behind us and 2018 off to a wintery start, let me tell you how truly grateful I am for the trust placed in us by our clients. Many times over the past year we have helped our clients navigate the often hazardous waters of employment law in New Jersey – and the airways [...]

Some Year-End Employment Law Thoughts for NJ

By | December 28th, 2016|Categories: Employment Law News|Tags: |

There are two business days left until we hit 2017, so this is a good time for a handful of parting thoughts on the employment law landscape, plus some suggestions on how to hit the ground running in the New Year. 2016 saw significant developments and refinements in many areas of employment law.  Watch for [...]

Unemployment Theft Punished by 7 Years

By | December 2nd, 2016|Categories: Employment Law News, Unemployment|

The question: how did she get away with it for so long?  The woman in question used 24 false identities to collect $345,000 in fraudulent unemployment benefits.  Story here. It seems like crime paid in this case, at least for a while. The final lesson, however, is that claiming unemployment benefits that don't belong to [...]

And Exactly How . . . .?

By | November 28th, 2016|Categories: Employment Law News|Tags: |

A trial judge once told me, with some frustration, that appellate judges (not on the NJ Supreme Court, I hasten to add) sometimes do not appreciate the practical difficulties with which their rulings present the trial courts that must implement them. That complaint came back to me when I read the recent decision in Cuevas [...]

A Sampler of Federal Employment Law Developments

By | October 28th, 2016|Categories: ADA, Employment Law News, Non-compete Agreements, Wage & Hour|Tags: |

As we have pointed out before, New Jersey's employment laws are structured in a way that makes it desirable, nearly all of the time, for plaintiffs to file their cases in state court under state law. In that way we differ from many other states, where federal law is used more frequently.  That doesn't mean [...]

Business Dreams Must Be Made to Happen

By | October 18th, 2016|Categories: Just Interesting|

  If you're a reader of the thriller genre of novels you'll recognize Brad Thor as one of our very best contemporary writers.  My son just sent me this article by Mr. Thor on his advice for aspiring writers. His thoughts apply to to all of us, not just writers, whether just starting out in [...]

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