It is common for people in New Jersey and Pennsylvania to confuse the terms employment law and labor law. While these areas of law both deal with the employment arena, they are separate areas of law that address different issues. The employment law attorneys at Swartz Swidler may help you to understand your legal issue and the rights that you might have.
Labor law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the labor laws address the relationship between the management of employers and unions of organized workers. While some states have “right-to-work” laws that prohibit employers from denying jobs to non-union workers, Pennsylvania and New Jersey do not have right-to-work laws. This means that unions are able to negotiate with employers to require union membership of workers.
Under the labor laws of the two states, employers may not reduce or deny the rights of workers to organize and to bargain collectively. Unions are regulated by the National Labor Relations Board. Labor law attorneys may represent unions in labor disputes with the management and in hearings before the NLRB to reach resolutions.
Employment law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania
While labor law in New Jersey and Pennsylvania addresses the relationship between unions and the management, the employment laws are concerned with issues that individual employees might have. Some examples of issues that the employment lawyers at Swartz Swidler might help you with include the following:
- Wage and hour violations involving the minimum wage, vacation and sick pay and overtime pay
- Family and medical leave under state and federal laws
- Discrimination based on protected characteristics
- Workplace harassment
- Hiring and firing issues
- Employee privacy
- Whistleblower laws
- Representation before relevant agencies
Seeking help from labor or employment lawyers
If you have an employment or labor issue, it is important for you to understand which type of attorney that you should contact for help with obtaining a resolution of your issue. The attorneys at Swartz Swidler are focused on employment law issues and are able to help you to understand the rights that you might have as well as your options. To speak with an experienced employment law attorney today, contact Swartz Swidler so that you can learn more about the rights that you might have.