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.
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
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,
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
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
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
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
In the U.S., the federal minimum wage is the lowest amount that companies can legally pay their employees. Currently, the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Many cities and states have established minimum wages. Workers must be paid the higher minimum wage, whether it is the federal, state, or local minimum wage. If you
Most workers are non-exempt and must be paid at least the minimum wage plus overtime compensation for any hours that they work in a workweek over 40. In some cases, employers might try to switch workers from an hourly wage to a salary and claim that they are exempt from overtime pay. When this happens,
Many people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are hesitant to serve on juries because of the potential loss of pay. However, jury service is crucial for the democratic and judicial processes in the U.S. Without juries, the legal system would falter. Employers and employees both must make sacrifices when workers are selected for jury service.