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July 2016 Archives

“As a Divorced N.J. Parent, How Do I Get Passport Consent for My Minor Child?”

There are certain times when divorced parents have to work together, and acquiring a passport for a minor child is one of them. The United States Department of State requires that both parents appear in person at the time of the application, until the child is 16 year old. If the parents are in agreement

Political Discussions in the Workplace –Employers Should Keep Things Respectful

When political debate enters the workplace, the potential for hot-tempered encounters comes with it, especially in a presidential election year. Employers have an obligation to maintain a level of worker-to-worker respect and decorum in the job environment, and this may be challenging. New Jersey and federal laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of: Age Disability

Want to Reduce or Eliminate Alimony? Proving NJ Cohabitation is Not so Easy

Alimony is a like one of those parking lots where you drive safely over protruding steel spikes, facing away from you, and the signs adjure in large letters: “DON’T BACK UP!!”  Why?  Entry is simple, but going backwards creates a very expensive exit and a need for at least two new tires. In Robitzski v.

From Jail Stripes to Pinstripes: Returning Ex-Convicts to the Workplace

Employers are often reluctant to hire ex convicts, even when they are the most qualified applicants for a given position. A new study out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst reveals that bosses may be missing out on high quality employees when screening for a criminal record. The study shows that, where the criminal

“Two, Four, Six, Eight, When do we Emancipate?”

New Jersey parents have a legal obligation to provide for the basic needs of their minor child, including food, clothing, housing, medical care, and education. In most states, when a child reaches the age of 18, that child is an adult in the eyes of the law, and the parents are no longer legally bound

“What truthful facts of my life am I legally entitled to withhold if directly questioned at a job interview or on a job application?”

While NJ law clearly protects job applicants from unlawful discrimination of all kinds, including age, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or disability, the applicant must be forthcoming where truth is required. There are cases in which this distinction is not entirely black and white, so some explanation is in order. You were fired

“Why Should I Want a Divorce Coach?”

On the social science scale of stress, most adults report that divorce is the most stressful event of their lifetime, just short of death of a loved one. There are endless details to manage, as well as emotional challenges. If children are involved, things are endlessly messy from start to finish, and for years to

When the Tongue is Less Mighty than the Sword — NJ Employers Should Avoid EEOC Complaints and Federal/State Lawsuits Over Foolish Speech

Employers sometimes find themselves in legal hot water over things they have said to their employees, even when their intentions were good. To foster an ethical work environment, employers should avoid crossing certain lines in conversation with employees. Here are some common topics of office life that could lead to actionable misunderstandings: Harassment Perhaps most

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