Green Savits Employment Law Blog

Employment Attorneys Serving Northern and Central New Jersey

November 24, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses to make hard decisions, leaving countless workers unclear of their rights and protections. If you’ve lost your job due to the coronavirus outbreak and suspect your termination may have been unlawful, contact the experienced wrongful discharge lawyers at Green Savits, LLC.

What is Wrongful Discharge?

Although many companies have done their best to navigate the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic with the well-being of their employees in mind, others have chosen to scale back by unlawfully firing their employees.

In the United States, employment is generally “at-will”,...

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Category: Wrongful Discharge
November 23, 2020
First known court decision in New Jersey upholding a whistleblower claim against an employer involving Covid-19

Florham Park, N.J.— A senior executive at an apparel company lost his job in March after he insisted that the business alert employees of a worker diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Marc Loeb, former Chief Operating Officer at apparel manufacturer Vantage Custom Classics Inc, wanted to notify factory workers who had contact with the infected employee so they could take the necessary precautions. Instead, Vantage CEO Ira Neaman told him  “today is your last day.”

“It was part of Loeb’s job to take care of the workers...

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October 28, 2020

Employees who earn tips often have different sets of rights than employees who get an annual salary or hourly wages. The rights of tipped employees can be complicated and, unfortunately, are often violated by employers.

At Green Savits, LLC,  our experienced attorneys have represented many employees in federal and state trial and appellate courts who have been denied minimum wages, overtime compensation, bonuses or commissions to which they were entitled. We understand the complex laws related to wage and hour violations, and we are prepared to fight vigilantly on your behalf to protect your rights and best interests.

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September 28, 2020

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a U.S. labor law that enables eligible workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for specific medical and family reasons, without jeopardizing their employment. Unemployment benefits are intended to help individuals who have lost their jobs.

If you are taking an unpaid leave of absence under FMLA, even though you are not working, you are still employed, and therefore ineligible for unemployment benefits.

How Does The Family and Medical Leave Act Work?

The Family and Medical Leave Act allows employees to take up to 12 weeks off work for medical reasons or to care for a family...

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August 26, 2020

Employees often call us about whether their employer is required to give them time off to care for a sick family member or newborn baby. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many are wondering if they can take family and medical leave to care for family members who have been affected by the virus.

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Only certain employers are required to provide time off to care for sick family members. The experienced employment attorneys at Green Savits, LLC understand the complexities of these matters and can help protect your rights.

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July 22, 2020

The gradual reopening of society during the COVID-19 pandemic presents certain challenges for employers and employees to navigate. One of these involves the decision to bring employees back into the office rather than allow them to continue working remotely. Employers must be extremely diligent in following all state mandated health guidelines when bringing employees back to the office. Employees need to understand that they have rights in the event that they are terminated or retaliated against in any way for filing a whistleblower complaint about the safety of their work environment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 23, 2020

Many potential clients enter our office to pursue their claims of discrimination with stacks of documents that they think support their cases. Some of these documents are merely their own performance evaluations or company policies that they were given to them at the start of their employment. However, sometimes, clients bring us copies of emails, company financial information, or other employees’ performance evaluations that they helped themselves to when they still had access to their employers’ documents. This always begs the question, “was their self-help legal?”

Self-help copying of documents is always a risk. While copying...

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May 29, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many doctors and nurses throughout New Jersey have been forced to perform their duties in unsafe working environments. Not only do these front-line workers face increased risk for exposure to the novel coronavirus, they also fear losing their jobs for voicing concerns over equipment shortages and other safety issues.

In a recent New York Times article, Theresa Brown, a nurse, writer, and clinical faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, describes the challenges of publicly advocating for safer working conditions when many hospitals have instituted gag orders. In this...

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April 13, 2020

In June of 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled that an employee who takes an employer's confidential documents can face criminal prosecution. In the case, State v. Saavedra, a school board employee allegedly took confidential student files – some of which were the only copy – along with other documents that contained personal information about other individuals.

This ruling has clarified that it illegal for an employee to take:

An employer's original documents An employer's only copy of documents Documents that contain confidential information about other individuals Documents that an employee was not entitled to see while... Read More
March 19, 2020

A work environment free of discrimination and harassment is guaranteed by law. While we’ve come a long way towards achieving this goal in recent years, workplace discrimination still exists. For many men and women experiencing this mistreatment, it can lead to a feeling of powerlessness and an unpleasant working environment.

Individuals often experience workplace discrimination on the basis of:

Race Gender Age Religion Sexual orientation Disability Pregnancy (women often face discrimination when taking maternity leave after giving birth)

It’s important to understand that discrimination based on these factors is illegal. If...

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Category: Discrimination
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