Employment in New Jersey

As you are interviewed for a job, keep the following information in mind; it will help you protect you from possible discrimination. It is illegal for an interviewer in any state to question you about you sexual preference, marital or parental status, arrest record, or place of birth. An interviewer can legally ask you if you have been convicted of a crime and if you have proof of your eligibility to work in the United States.

An employer is not required to hire the most qualified applicant, but he may not discriminate because of your race, sex, age, or nation of origin. This is by no means a comprehensive guide to all the applicable laws regarding discrimination.

Injuries and Deaths

If an employee is disabled or injured due to on the job hazards, the employer must pay monetary compensation. You should not have to take your case to court, because the compensation rate is already decided depending on which type of injury you have sustained. Your injury can be classified as permanent total disability. In this case, you can receive up to 70% of your weekly salary for as many as 450 weeks. If your injury is classified as a permanent partial disability, you can receive as much as 70% of your weekly rate or 70% of the average weekly rate across New Jersey. If your injury is a temporary disability, you may be compensated as much as 70% of your average weekly amount. There are minimum and maximum limits on the percentage you may receive according to the statewide average weekly wage.

If you have been injured, the Division of Worker's Compensation in New Jersey will help you get the compensation to which you are entitled.

Handbooks

Many employers have handbooks that can help clarify company policies. It is a good idea to ask if your prospective employer has an employer handbook so you can review their hard and fast policies. A handbook should at least tell you about the company's policies regarding telephone, email, and Internet access, The Family Medical Leave Act, a policy about sexual harassment, information on equal opportunity, and information on the at-will employment standard.

What Is "At-Will"?

This means that you can be terminated for any legal cause. An employee who is employed through a contract is not subject to termination for any legal cause, but can only be terminated due to the reasons stated in the contract. New Jersey law states that if an employer can furnish proof that you were in an at-will business relationship, you may still be terminated even if you claim an implied contract.

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