PPE FAQs: What Are Your Rights in the Workplace? | Swartz Swidler

Working during the coronavirus pandemic can be scary. Many people have questions about their rights in the workplace, including whether they can wear PPE, remain home when they feel unsafe, and whether their employers can ask about their medical conditions or take their temperatures. Guidance has been issued by several federal agencies about the rights of workers and the obligations of employers during the pandemic. Here’s some information from the attorneys at Swartz Swidler about what you should know about your rights at work during this time.

The right to wear PPE

Employers are required to provide their employees with personal protective equipment to keep…


New Jersey Family Leave Act Eligibility Requirements | Swartz Swidler

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act protects eligible employees who work for employers that are covered under the act. In addition, some states, including New Jersey, have their own similar leave laws. The NJ Family Leave Act offers added protections to workers in the state. Eligibility for leave under both the federal and state Family Leave Act are determined at the time that the leave is to start. In general, employees who work for covered employers might be eligible to take leave under the NJ Family Leave Act if he or she has been employed for at least 12…


What is Disparate Treatment Discrimination? | Swartz Swidler

What is a prima facie case?

Presenting a prima facie case will depend on the facts of what happened. If you have direct evidence of discrimination, you will have enough. In many cases, however, you will need to rely on circumstantial evidence. The Supreme Court of the United States has defined a four-part test for disparate treatment claims, including the following:

  • You are a member of a protected class.
  • You were qualified for the applicable job benefit.
  • You were denied the benefit.
  • The benefit either was given to somebody who is less qualified and who does not have a protected characteristic, or the benefit is still…

What are the overtime laws in New Jersey? | Swartz Swidler

When you have a job in New Jersey, you should be fairly compensated for your work. Many workers in the state are entitled to receive overtime pay at a rate of time-and-one-half times their regular pay when they work more hours than 40 in one week. Your right to receive overtime pay will depend on your job duties and the type of business in which you work. If you believe that you have not received the compensation that you deserve, the attorneys at Swartz Swidler can offer some guidance to you.

Overtime laws in New Jersey

In New Jersey, the state’s overtime law can be…


In New Jersey and the rest of the United States, people are able to bring fraud actions against individuals and entities who have committed fraud against the government under the False Claims Act. These actions are called qui tam, which comes from a Latin phrase that means a person who brings a case for the king and for himself or herself. In the modern context, a qui tam action is one that is filed by an individual against the perpetrator of fraud on behalf of the government. The person who brings a qui tam case is called the relator. It…


What Is Chinese Overtime? | Swartz Swidler

Chinese overtime, which is also called a variable workweek or half-time method of overtime calculation, involves the fluctuating workweek method to calculate overtime as permitted under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Employers use this method in order to save money. While using this method is legal, some employers calculate the pay incorrectly. If your employer uses this method and has failed to pay you enough for your overtime hours, you might want to consult with the employment law attorneys at Swartz Swidler.

How the fluctuating workweek works

Overtime pay is traditionally paid at a rate of 1.5 times the worker’s standard hourly pay for…


As the internet becomes a larger and larger part of our lives, working from home is easier than ever. Of course, the Coronavirus problem has caused this issue to be a lot more widely regarded. However, we are not here to discuss the Covid-19 problem, as most of you are probably sick of hearing about it by now. Instead, let’s focus on dealing with its consequences and learning to manage this new reality. Here are a few strategies for enhancing the productivity of your remote workers.

1. Create A Universal Security Policy

Because people will use a wide variety of devices to access the internet, it…


Cyber Security vs IT Security: Is There a Difference? | PCH Technologies

Cybersecurity and IT security are very similar, and that’s why the terms are often used interchangeably. Indeed, these two things are closely related, but there are a few key differences that keep them from being the same thing. Let’s talk a little bit more about these things so that you can understand where they differ and where they are alike.

What Is The Main Difference?

The most important difference between cybersecurity and IT security can be summed up like this: One of them is a part of the other.

To be more specific, cybersecurity is a general term that encompasses all the things that you…


COVID-19: SECURING WORK FROM HOME

Working from home is quickly becoming the new norm. Obviously, this has a lot to do with the Covid-19 epidemic, but things were already moving in this direction anyway. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as many people prefer to work from the comfort of their homes. Unfortunately, home networks and devices tend to be a lot less secure than corporate equivalents. Let’s consider the scale of the problem and discuss several workable solutions.

Understanding The Problem

Cybersecurity is more important than ever because hackers have become such a big problem. As society begins to depend on the internet more and more, it…


WHAT IT TAKES TO RUN A GREAT VIRTUAL MEETING

Virtual meetings are one of the latest trends, and this trend is only going to continue. Even when this Coronavirus crisis is over, a lot of people will have become used to working and networking from home. As such, it pays to know how to run a great virtual meeting. Let’s go over a few simple tips that should help to improve your meetings and make them run much more smoothly.

Make Sure To Use The Video Feed

This one seems a little bit obvious, but we should mention it anyway. Virtual meetings don’t necessarily require a video feed, but it does help quite a bit. …

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