Religious Discrimination in the Workplace: What You Need to Know

In the U.S., freedom of religion is protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It is a fundamental right that informed the foundation of the nation. Many early settlers fled Europe for North America to escape religious persecution, and the founders believed that protecting the freedom of religion was essential. When Title VII

Do Labor Laws Protect Employee Posts on Social Media?

Many people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have likely read or heard about people who have been fired because of their comments or posts on social media sites. The vast majority of working-age adults have social media pages on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. Modern employers do not have much trouble finding their

What are basic employee rights?

Workers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania enjoy certain basic employment rights. The employment laws cover the obligations and rights that exist within the relationship between the employer and an employee and include both current and former employees and job applicants. Many employment law disputes relate to employee regulations and rights. Because employment relationships are complex,

Can you be fired for a blog?

Can you be fired for a blog?

People who live in New Jersey and Pennsylvania enjoy the right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, limitations on your free speech rights in employment settings exist. The First Amendment’s protections are primarily meant to protect you against government censorship of your speech.

Employment Law: How Does Overtime Compensation Typically Work?

Employment Law: How Does Overtime Compensation Typically Work?

In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, most employers are required to pay overtime compensation to non-exempt employees who work more than 40 hours in a week. Overtime pay is calculated as half of a worker’s usual hourly rate. This means that workers who work more than 40 hours per week must be paid one-and-one-half times their

What Are the Types of Employment?

In today’s job market, there are multiple types of worker classifications. Understanding the various types of employment is important to determine whether you have been properly classified. Businesses might have several different types of workers working together. Companies use different employment types to respond to economic and productivity changes. However, if companies misclassify their workers,

How Does the EEOC Identify a Hostile Work Environment?

How Does the EEOC Identify a Hostile Work Environment?

Workplace discrimination is illegal when it is based on the protected characteristics of the workers. Despite anti-discrimination laws, workplace discrimination is fairly common. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the agency received 76,418 discrimination charges during the fiscal year of 2018. The various types of prohibited discrimination can result in the creation of hostile

Employment Law: What Does ‘Pay in Lieu of Notice’ Mean?

Some workers who are dismissed from their jobs receive payments in lieu of notice. These are payments that are made by an employer that is higher than the typical wages an employee receives when terminating an employee instead of going through a formal termination process. These wages are a substitute for any wages the employer

When Does an Employee Need a Lawyer?

Several state and federal laws protect workers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. However, many workers are unaware of the employment rights that they have and might not recognize when their employers violate them. Workers should understand their rights so that they can protect themselves in the workplace. The employment law attorneys at Swartz Swidler can

What is the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act?

Workers who lose their jobs through no fault of their own have a few protections under state and federal law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While employees have a right to file for unemployment insurance benefits, certain groups of employees have additional protection under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. This law mandates that