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New Jersey Equal Pay Act

On July 1, 2018, New Jersey's Equal Pay Act (hereinafter "NJ EPA") will become effective. Unlike its federal counterpart, the NJ EPA mandates equal pay for all members of "protected classes" under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("NJLAD"), not just women.  

Possible Bar on Non-Disclosure Provisions

You have been the victim of sexual harassment or discrimination in the workplace. You notify your employer’s human resource manager, who initiates an appropriate investigation into your claim.  Your employer eventually wants to reach an amicable settlement with you. In exchange for your agreement to settle your claim, your employer requires you to sign the settlement agreement containing, among other things, a provision whereby you agree not to disclose the details of your harassment or discrimination.

What is the Verbal, Lawsuit, or Tort Threshold in New Jersey?

All auto insurance policies in New Jersey require the consumer to choose from one of two options with respect to their right to bring a lawsuit.  The two options are: (1) the lawsuit or verbal or tort threshold or (2) the no tort threshold or no lawsuit threshold.   Under different policies, the tort options (your right to sue) are referred to as these various names but mean the same thing.  Under option (1) you are limiting your ability to sue for certain injuries.   Under option (2) you can sue for any injury.

Can I Sue A Government Entity for a Personal Injury Accident?

Suffering from a personal injury accident can be devastating not only to the individual injured, but also to the individual’s family members and friends. Our firm often receives inquiries from individuals concerning potential lawsuits against a public entity. Many people are surprised to learn that an individual can seek recovery from a government entity for injuries directly related to their tortuous actions. Unlike personal injury claims against private individuals and entities, the New Jersey Tort’s Claims Act sets forth guidelines in which a plaintiff may recover for the tortuous actions of public entities and public employees.  

The Automatic Stay and its Effect on Foreclosure Actions

Many people file for bankruptcy to protect their real property from being foreclosed on. There is a specific section within the Bankruptcy Code that mandates that creditor collection actions against property of the debtor must cease immediately upon the filing of the bankruptcy. This blog will explore that section of the bankruptcy code and how parties can avoid a creditor obtaining relief from that section.

The Importance of Employee Handbooks

Irrespective of the size of your business, companies should have an employee handbook or manual.  Employee handbooks can provide certainty and structure to your operations as well as place your employees on notice as to what you expect from them. Employee handbooks do not have to manage every aspect of your business.  In fact, companies should avoid including within a handbook details regarding its operations that are subject to frequent change or policies and procedures the company will not enforce.  At the same time, companies should not attempt to use form handbooks; one size does not always fit all.

The Effect of Bankruptcy on Your NJ Residential Lease

Many people who are contemplating filing for bankruptcy in New Jersey are concerned about the effect that it will have on their residential lease if their landlord learns about the proceeding. This blog will explore what impact, if any, a bankruptcy will have on your residential lease.

Will Your NJ Residence Be Sold in a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy?

You may be worrying about whether you will be able to retain your New Jersey residence after filing for chapter 7 bankruptcy. If you are in this situation, you will need to be aware of what your residence is worth along with what is owed on the mortgage(s).

Do You Want to Become Debt Free? Try This First.

We have created one of the quickest and easiest tools that will help you pay off your debt and obtain the financial freedom you deserve.  The worst thing about being in debt is finding a resource you can trust. Fortunately, after reading this blog, you can find some relief in a solution that can work for you! ScuraSmart--our completely free tool, pinpoints your exact issue and type of debt you currently have and offers you a solution based on your unique situation in under a minute. 

Why You Shouldn't File Bankruptcy Without the Help of a NJ Attorney

Filing for bankruptcy is never an easy decision. Nonetheless, beginning the bankruptcy process is one of the most effective ways to stop harassing phone calls from your creditors so that you can regain control of your finances. If you or a loved one has been seriously thinking about declaring bankruptcy under Chapter 7 or Chapter 13, you may have thought about beginning the process on your own. Bankruptcies are notorious for being expensive and the thought of having to pay NJ attorney fees can seem impossible. That shouldn't mean you have to make a risky decision. 

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