Federal and state laws have been drafted and applied in order to protect workers of New Jersey and The United States as a whole regarding their wage, the way they are paid, and regulations related to the hours they work. In New Jersey, a worker must be paid a minimum of $8.38 an hour. According to state and federal laws, a worker must be paid at least bi-monthly, with a few exceptions. According to laws drafted to protect workers, if you have worked more than 40 hours in a week, you are entitled to overtime pay. This equals time and a half. If you made $10 an hour, you should get an extra $5 per hour over 40 in a week, adding up to $15 in total. When you face an employer that violates the law, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible. If you need our legal services, contact The Mark Law Firm, LLC today.
Workers in New Jersey and across the United States are entitled to some basic rights in regards to minimum wage, overtime pay, and frequency of payment. In accordance to years of injustice and exploitation at the hands of greedy employers and businesses, governing bodies have implemented employment laws to protect the little guy. Since these laws have been established, workers across America have rights that can be exercised.
The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) functions to protect the rights of employees throughout the United States by addressing several issues related to employment. The FLSA contains provisions regarding minimum wage, overtime compensation, child labor, and other aspects of employment. An employee who has had his rights violated under the FLSA often has the right to recover damages resulting from the unfair treatment, including unpaid wages, unpaid overtime plus interest, as well as reasonable attorney’s fees.
New Jersey is one of many states that have taken steps to protect the rights of workers in certain career fields by establishing prevailing wage laws. State laws have been implemented to address concerns associated with government contractors and subcontractors accused of exploiting their workers at the expense of taxpayers. In general, the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act combats unfair labor practices by establishing a prevailing wage for workers who support public works.
State and federal laws function to protect employees from discriminatory actions that affect their employment. Similarly, job applicants have rights in regards to how they are treated when applying for employment. Discrimination is based on “protected classes”, including race, sex, age, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, just to name a few. If you were denied employment or subject to offensive behavior based on these protected classes, you may have a claim of discrimination. New Jersey’s hiring process prohibits employers from doing certain things and asking certain questions when looking to hire you for the job. To do so may be a violation of the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJ LAD).