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October 2015 Archives

Forensic Psychology and Divorce: Determining Children’s Best Interests

When most people think of forensic experts, they conjure up images of the high drama portrayed in t.v. shows like Criminal Minds and CSI.   Surprisingly for some, forensic experts are used on a nearly daily basis in family law matters, including child custody, parenting time, relocation cases, and termination of parental rights.  In New Jersey,

Employers Prohibited from Making Inquiries on Criminal Records of Job Applicants in 2015.

INTRODUCTION On August 11, 2014, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law “The Opportunity to Compete Act”, which took effect on January 1st of this year. Many refer to it as the “Ban the Box” law, which, under circumstances described below, prohibits employers from looking into a job applicant’s criminal record — until after

Imputed Income and NJ Divorces: Getting an Accurate Picture of Earning Potential

Child support and alimony payments are two of the main issues that couples must negotiate during separation and divorce proceedings. Support payments allow children and spouses to approach (if not meet) the pre-divorce lifestyle.  To determine such payments, lawyers and judges consider a number of factors, including wages, bonuses, dividends, and other sources of income. 

What if My Employer Disputes My Bereavement Leave Request?

Introduction When a family member passes away, most employees take time off to attend funerals and grieve for the loss of their loved ones. Unfortunately, there is no mandated federal or New Jersey private sector bereavement leave policy at this time. Enlightened employers provide such leave, if at all, as a matter of policy. Bereavement

Parting with Picasso: Contested Personal Property in NJ Divorces

Next to child custody and parenting time issues, division of property is a hotly contentious issue in divorce. While splitting up the money in bank accounts and investment portfolios may require little more than a few punches of the calculator, dividing personal property — such as artwork, collectibles, and antiques — remains a consistent source

Wal-Mart faces consequences for firing man who took medical leave

When someone is unable to work due to a medical issue, it can be stressful. While workers may get by financially for a period of time, the prospect of not having a job to return to makes it even more difficult to heal. Fortunately, many New Jersey workers are protected by the federal Family Medical

NJ Employers Beware: Defamation Claims Following Wrongful Termination are On the Upswing

New Jersey has seen a recent rise in defamation actions filed against employers following wrongful termination. No employer should publicly make false or defamatory claims about a former employee, whether as a pretext for discriminatory discharge or otherwise. Not only can it cause serious harm to the former employee’s personal character, but it can also

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