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June 2013 Archives

Study: Unattractive people are bullied at work

Bullying is something that many of us hope is left far behind by the time we emerge from high school and step into the adult world here in New Jersey. Unfortunately, as many people learn, belittling and harassment can continue into adulthood. In fact, a recent study has found that bullying can be prevalent even

21st century divorce trends explained

There was a time when divorce was a taboo topic to discuss in New Jersey and throughout the country. Today, however, conversations about divorce trends, celebrity divorces and other family law topics are common on television, in the news and even around the dinner table. The Huffington Post even has an entire news site dedicated

EEOC settles genetic information discrimination suit

In 2009, the employment provisions of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act went into effect. At the time, GINA was regarded as providing important workplace protections because it prohibits employers from discriminating against employees and job applicants because of genetic conditions. Nevertheless, many people believed that these rules would not come into play for many years.

Commission to study domestic violence prevention

State Senator Raymond Lesniak recently amended his bill to create a Study Commission on Violence in New Jersey. Specifically, Lesniak worked with colleagues to revise the proposed focus of the Commission to include domestic violence. The hope is that the Commission will help to identify causes of domestic violence in the state and will develop

Unpaid internships raise employment law questions

Many college students and recent graduates will partake in summer internships in the coming months in New Jersey. Internship programs are a great way for students to become introduced to the working world and gain experience. Unfortunately, in recent years there have been numerous lawsuits filed accusing employers of taking advantage of energetic interns who

Study: Restraining orders help stop domestic violence

Many people in New Jersey might have heard that domestic abusers tend to become most violent soon after the victim leaves the relationship. In fact, violence does often escalate at this time. It can be absolutely crucial for victims to find and remain in a safe place during the hours and days that immediately follow

Do you need a doctor’s note for each instance of FMLA leave? –

In order to take a medical leave under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, many employers in New Jersey may require employees to submit a doctor’s note or certification from their health care provider. While policies like this are generally legal, there are some limits to the information an employer can demand. For example, in

When custody cases span nations, which country has jurisdiction?

Many child custody cases here in New Jersey are quite complicated, but things become increasingly difficult when a custody dispute crosses state or international borders, as we have previously discussed. This is because family law is generally a state matter, but when multiple locales are involved it is not always clear which court has jurisdiction

Are divorce rates back on the rise in New Jersey?

Although the overall divorce rates in the U.S. and here in New Jersey have been declining for some time, a recent news report suggests that there is currently an uptick in divorce filings. The president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has linked the recent increase in divorces to the economic recovery, specifically the

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