In New Jersey, employers have the authority to enforce workplace safety measures, including mask mandates, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure a safe working environment. If you didn't comply with the mandate, the employer might have been within their rights to place you on...View More
Yes. Employers in NJ are allowed to require employees to get vaccinated as a condition of employment regardless of how the Supreme Court ruled in the OSHA case. They are required to make exceptions for those who can't get vaccinated for medical or religious reasons. Many health care employers...View More
It is not unlawful for your employer to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. However, your employer is obligated to consider exemption requests if they are based on medical or religious reasons.
New Jersey is an at-will state, but that does not apply to employees who have a contract with the employer, and it does not permit employers to terminate employees for unlawful reasons, such as retaliation or discrimination. Employers have the right to mandate that employees get the COVID-19...View More
The Fair Labor Standards Act is the federal law that governs the payment of wages, and it only requires that you be paid for time you are actually performing work. So, while employers have the option to pay employees for time off for illness or injury, it is not required under the FLSA.
If an employee has a need to work from home for a medical reason (COVID-19 or otherwise) including pregnancy, to quarantine, to take care of a sick family member or to care for a child who has to participate in school at home, the employee could have rights to request a full work from home...View More
NBOE staff started working remotely as of March 16, 2020. During this time, I developed an autoimmune condition. I have asked to work remotely until my health is stabilized and I'm not at high risk of contracting COVID-19. Currently, I'm seeing various specialists and I'm on various... View More
It sounds like you may have a claim for failure to accommodate under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). Disabled employees who work for companies with 15 or more employees are entitled to request reasonable accommodations from their employer. While your employer doesn't...View More
The Fair Labor Standards Act (the federal laws governing this situation) don't provide a lot of protection against this sort of issue. Under the FLSA, you need only be paid at least minimum wage for all hours of work you perform. So, while your situation sounds unfair, as long as you are still...View More
EEOC guidance states that, because the CDC and state/local health authorities have acknowledged community spread of COVID-19 and issued attendant precautions as of March 2020, employers may measure employees' body temperature. As with all medical information, the fact that an employee had a...View More
Due to COVID-19 the entire small business of 10 employees was put on furlough. My manager told me, "we can only ask you if you would like to volunteer and your job isn't in jeopardy." But later in the day, I get a call from the owner with thinly veiled comments that I might not be a... View More
Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, you must be paid for all hours worked. If the work your employer is asking you to "volunteer" to perform for no pay is the same type of work you normally perform for pay, then you should be paid for this time and any other "volunteer" work...View More
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