What Does the Dodd-Frank Act Do?

The early 2000s were marked by increased deregulation of the housing and mortgage industries. This helped to create a housing bubble that burst, resulting in millions of foreclosures and the great recession. As a result of the recession and the actions of unscrupulous lenders, U.S. Senator Chris Dodd and Representative Barney Frank sponsored a law

What To Do About Wrongful Termination In New Jersey & Pennsylvania

Employers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania can fire at-will employees for nearly any reason and at any time. Similarly, at-will employees can resign from their jobs for any reason and at any time. While most terminations are legal, there are some situations in which a person’s firing will amount to wrongful termination. Employers cannot fire

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

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 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

What Is a Labor Lawyer?

What Is a Labor Lawyer?

Workers in New Jersey and across the U.S. are protected under labor laws. Labor laws cover the employer-employee relationship when employees organize or unionize to collectively negotiate the terms of their employment. Labor laws are types of employment laws, and labor attorneys represent employees, unions, or employers during and after the collective bargaining process. Here

Examples of Discriminatory Company Policies

Most people think about the abusive treatment of employees at work when they consider the meaning of illegal discrimination. While the discriminatory treatment of members of protected classes in the workplace is both personal and noticeable, workplace discrimination can also be institutionalized and be exercised through the company’s policies. Company policies that have a disparate

How Do Whistleblower Protections Protect Employees?

Whistleblower laws provide important protection for employees who report their employers for engaging in illegal activities or violating the safety standards established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA. OSHA is the federal agency that is tasked with administering the whistleblower provisions found in 22 federal statutes. Here is an overview of the

How Employers Violate the Equal Pay Act

Under the federal Equal Pay Act, employers in New Jersey are required to pay men and women who have substantially similar jobs equally. This law covers all types of compensation, including salaries, stock options, insurance benefits, commissions, and bonuses. However, many employers fail to pay male and female employees equally, and women continue to earn

Is Pregnancy Considered a Disability?

Is Pregnancy Considered a Disability?

Millions of women in the U.S. experience discrimination based on pregnancy each year. Pregnancy is not a covered disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. However, workplace discrimination based on a worker’s pregnancy status is unlawful under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. This law prohibits employers from making employment decisions based on a worker’s pregnancy. Employers