New Jersey Employment Law Statutes

New Jersey Employment Law Statutes

Many different New Jersey employment laws protect employee rights. Some of the most important of these laws are described below.

New Jersey Law Against Discrimination

The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("LAD") prohibits employers from discriminating against or harassing employees based on their age, color, disability, sex, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status. It also makes it unlawful for employers to retaliate against employees because they objected about something they reasonable believe was unlawful discrimination or harassment.

Conscientious Employee Protection Act

New Jersey's whistleblower law, the Conscientious Employee Protection Act ("CEPA"), prohibits employers from retaliating against employees because they disclosed, objected to, or refused to participate in an activity the employee reasonably believes is criminal, illegal, fraudulent, or violates a clear mandate of public policy regarding public health, safety, welfare or the environment. CEPA also protects licensed and certified medical professionals from retaliation because they disclosed, objected to, or refused to participate in an activity they reasonably believe constitutes improper quality of patient care.

New Jersey Family Leave Act

The Family Leave Act ("FLA") is an employment statute in New Jersey that entitles eligible employees to legally-protected time off from work to bond with a newly born or adopted child, or to care for a child, spouse, civil union partner, or parent who has a serious health condition.

New Jersey Wage & Hour Law

New Jersey's Wage & Hour Law ("WHL") entitles non-exempt employees to be paid at least minimum wage, as well as a time-and-a-half overtime premium for each hour they work above 40 hours in a work week.

New Jersey Wage Payment Act

The Wage Payment Act ("WPA") is a New Jersey employment law that requires employers to pay employees their wages on time, at least twice per month, and limits the types of deductions employers can take from their wages.

New Jersey Civil Rights Act

The New Jersey Civil Rights Act ("CRA") provides a legal remedy to employees, and in particular employees who work for the state, federal or local government, whose employers have violated their rights under the United States Constitution, the New Jersey Constitution, and other New Jersey laws.

New Jersey Unemployment Compensation Law

New Jersey's Unemployment Compensation Law entitles eligible employees who have lost their jobs to receive insurance benefits equal to a portion of their salary for up to 6 months while they seek another job.

Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act

The Millville Dallas Airmotive Plant Job Loss Notification Act, more commonly known as the New Jersey WARN Act, requires most companies that have done business in New Jersey for at least 3 years which have at least 100 full-time employees to provide a minimum of 60 days' notice to their employees before a mass layoff or plant closing.

Security and Financial Empowerment Act

The Security and Financial Empowerment ("SAFE") Act entitles eligible employees to take up to 20 days of legally protected time off from work per year for medical or psychiatric treatment, counseling, legal assistance, or to prepare for or attend court proceedings necessary because the employee or his or her child, parent, spouse, domestic partner or civil union partner was the victim of an act of domestic abuse or sexual violence.

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