Remember Joan Rivers? “Can we talk?” Can we? Why Do You Do It? Why do people try to handle legal matters on their own, without a lawyer? You know what’s going to happen. They are going to wind up in some lawyer’s office later with a problem; a big problem; a problem that could have…

Sometimes, an employer may offer a severance package to an employee whom is being terminated. Severance packages are not a general right of employees, but some employers do view them as a way of ending the parties’ relationship and avoiding any “legal” issues. If you are offered a severance package, it may be enticing to…

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) protects employees from discrimination based on their status within a “protected” class, such as: race, color, age, national origin, and other protected categories. One specifically protected class is those who are disabled or have been disabled. The New Jersey LAD prohibits all New Jersey employers from discrimination on…

All employees in New Jersey have a right to be free from harassment in the workplace. However, harassment in the workplace is not necessarily what you might think. While we all may wish for a workplace free of vulgarity or harassing conduct, the law cannot require that. Many employees believe they are being harassed at…

Government records are often a valuable tool for obtaining information relevant to a buyer’s due diligence, litigation, consideration of land use applications, and similar legal issues. Keep in mind, however, that the information received is only as reliable as the accuracy and precision of the search and/or OPRA request. Open Public Records Act The New…

Determining whether a person is operating as an employee or an independent contractor is significant for many reasons, including taxation purposes, coverage under key employment statutes such as Workers’ Compensation Act, Law Against Discrimination, and Unemployment Compensation Law, tortious liability, and in determining the duties owed to each other in the employment relationship. There is…

Facing the reality of being unemployed can lead a person to many questions. One of the first questions one might ask after being terminated is “was I wrongfully terminated?” Many people view being terminated for any reason or no reason at all as “wrongful.” Unfortunately, there is a distinct difference between being wrongfully terminated in…

So you have been injured, but you are not sure if your injury will be considered “on the job.” This is often times a key consideration in determining whether one will be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Employees who typically work in or at the same office, facility, plant, or building face a rather cut…

It is not uncommon for an injury or accident to occur when you are not physically at your office, job site, or place of business. The question that often arises is, “when does the workday begin and end?” The answer to this question lies within the Court’s interpretation of the principal known as the “premises…

An area that is subject to much litigation within the field of worker’s compensation involves determining whether an employee has undertaken a “personal errand” or a “minor deviation.” Certainly, there are times where you may physically be at your place of employment, but might not be performing your duties. For instance, you might step outside…