Tag: New Jersey

Training On Employee Meal Break Rules Can Help Avoid Legal Trouble

Supervisors who ask employees to perform work during unpaid meal periods could be putting their employer at risk for a wage and hour lawsuit. However, training can help educate supervisors about federal and state law regarding the compensability of meal periods and, in the process, minimize the risk of such lawsuits.

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Feathered Friend or Foe? Frightening Fowl Goes Postal

Being a mail carrier is a demanding job. Sure, it may look luxurious if you live in a rural town. You get to drive around all day and never have to leave the comfort of your vehicle. For one mail carrier in New Jersey, however, working in a rural town appears to be more of […]

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Federal Court: Allow Clarification to Avoid FMLA Interference

By Jeffrey A. Gruen  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit— which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—recently found that an employer can be liable for interference with an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) rights when it denies leave on the basis of a vague medical certification without first providing notice […]

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What a Gas! Frequent ‘Farter’ Fired for Flatulence

Say that three times fast! We all know that flatulence is a part of our bodily functions, but most of us know when it’s appropriate to cut the cheese, and when it’s not. For one man, though, his frequent flatulence caused his termination. Was this disability discrimination or a load of hot air?

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Was Truck Driver Owed Overtime under MCA Exemption?

By Arielle B. Sepulveda, JD The U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals—which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—recently ruled that an employee who worked on both large trucks—the operation of which is exclusively regulated by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)—and smaller vehicles was entitled to overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

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Was Employee Fired for Taking FMLA Leave Or Insubordination?

By Jessica Arnold, JD The 3rd Circuit— which covers Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania—recently affirmed the dismissal of a former employee’s retaliation claim under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), finding the employer’s approval of his request for intermittent leave at the time of his discharge was insufficient to establish a causal connection between […]

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Morning Meals Make Teacher Tardy

Did your teachers accept your excuses for being tardy when you were in school, or were you given a detention anyway? Well, a school board had to deal with someone who was late nearly one third of the time—but it was a teacher!

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