Understanding National Origin Discrimination

National origin discrimination in the workplace is illegal under state and federal law. It happens when an employer treats applicants or employees negatively based on the fact that they come from a particular area of the world, because of their accents or ethnicity, or because they look like they have a specific ethnic background even

What You Need to Know About Severance Pay in New Jersey

Some New Jersey employees are offered severance packages when they are terminated or laid off from their jobs. Severance pay is meant to lessen the impact of a job loss. Most employers that offer severance pay will only provide it to employees who lose their jobs as a part of a reduction in force, mass

Fathers' Rights and the FMLA

Fathers’ Rights and the FMLA

While many employers talk about maternity leave and recognize the rights of new mothers to take time off to spend with their babies, fathers also have the right to take time off from work to care for newly born infants, newly adopted children, new foster children, and injured children. Despite having this right, less than

What Steps Can I Take If My Employer Gets My Unemployment Claim Denied?

Employees in New Jersey might be entitled to unemployment benefits when they lose their jobs through no fault of their own. These benefits function as a type of insurance. Employers pay into the unemployment program, and employees who are terminated or laid off can temporarily collect benefits until they find new jobs. However, some people

The Employee's Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Employee’s Guide to the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides eligible employees with the right to take unpaid leave from work for qualifying reasons. This law provides important protections to employees working for covered employers across the U.S. Here is a brief guide for employees about the FMLA from the attorneys at

What Is Protected by the National Labor Relations Act?

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) is a federal law that protects the rights of employees to organize, form unions, engage in collective bargaining, or refuse to participate in this type of activity. Under the NLRA, employers are prohibited from interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees who exercise their rights. For example, your employer cannot

Do You Get Paid for FMLA? Everything You Need to Know

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides the right to eligible employees who work for covered employers to take up to 12 weeks of leave from their jobs for qualifying reasons during a 12-month period. However, leave under the FMLA is unpaid, which means you will not receive your regular salary while you are

Termination Laws & At-Will Employee FAQ's

Termination Laws & At-Will Employee FAQ’s

Most employees in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are employed at will. At-will employment can be confusing for many people. Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions the attorneys at Swartz Swidler receive about at-will employment. 1. What Is the Meaning of At-Will Employment? If you are employed at will, this means that

What Is the Purpose of the False Claims Act?

When employees have non-public information about their employers’ fraud against the government, they have the right to report the information to the government under the False Claims Act. This law provides financial incentives to whistleblowers when the information they provide results in the government’s recovery of money it is owed. Under the False Claims Act,

What Is Workplace Immigrant Discrimination?

Businesses depend on having enough candidates to fill their open positions. Many companies rely on immigrants to fulfill their labor needs. In 2019, 17.4% of the U.S. workforce was made up of foreign-born workers. Despite these facts, some employers discriminate against immigrants. In 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reported that 9.6% of all