Understanding Employment Laws in the State of New Jersey
Have you ever been curious about employment laws in New Jersey? As an employee in the construction workplace and more, you should understand your rights to protection from discrimination and rights for workers’ compensation and more. Today we will outline some of these important laws in regards to New Jersey workplaces.
New Jersey Laws
Discrimination and Harassment: Employers are not permitted to make employment decisions that are discriminatory, based on race, color, religion, or sex. When employers have over 15 employees, they are subject to these laws. Workplace harassment based on these traits is also illegal and includes conduct and comments against a worker. Your employer is also not permitted to retaliate against you on these traits.
Safety Laws: OSHA requires that employers provide a safe workplace to workers, one that is free of harm and hazards. This means giving them proper training and safety equipment for the job. If you believe there is a safety violation, you have a right to request an inspection.
Workers’ Compensation: If you sustain a workplace injury, you have rights as well. You will usually be eligible for workers’ compensation unless your case warrants a court hearing. Most employers in New Jersey are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and with it you will be able to gain a percentage of your earnings and medical treatment.
Wages and Hours: There are wage and hour standards that must be abided by, which means that you are entitled to the highest minimum wage applicable. If you work over 40 hours a week, employers must pay you time and a half. However, you may not be entitled to overtime.
Job Termination and Benefits: In New Jersey, you are considered to be working at will, which means that you can be fired at any time as long as the reason is not illegal. However, if discrimination and retaliation placed a role, this is seen as illegal.
It is always a good idea to stay up to date with worker’s rights in New Jersey, as they are constantly changing. If you are a worker who believes that their rights have been breached, you may need to talk to an attorney about how to move forward. If you have a personal injury case and need our help, call us for more information.