Stressed New Jersey employee.

New Jersey Strengthens Worker Protections

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a series of bills into law in January designed to enhance worker protections with respect to misclassification, wage theft and mass layoffs. The recently enacted employment laws cover a range of issues, including: Misclassification of Independent Contractors Employers often misclassify employees as...
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An undocumented worker working in a warehouse.

Wage Protections for Undocumented Workers

Undocumented workers in New York face unique workplace challenges that documented laborers do not experience, not the least of which is being taken advantage of by employers that fail to pay the minimum wage or overtime pay. Nonetheless, undocumented workers are entitled to the same legal protections as documented individuals under state...
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Two women in a joint employer business.

Labor Department Issues Final “Joint Employer” Rule

On January 12, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its final “joint-employer” rule that replaces an Obama Administration policy that potentially would have made more businesses liable for wage violations engaged in by franchisees and contractors. The new rule, which becomes effective March 16, provides a four-part test for determining whether...
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