Workplace harassment is unfortunately a pervasive problem that is encountered in New Jersey and around the country. It can take many forms, and there are federal laws that prohibit it and that provide protections to those who are its victims.
Bergen County businesses who own valuable trade secrets may be interested in issues that may exist with their employees. Through the use of employment contracts, these trade secrets can be given legal protection that goes beyond company or social norms.
Whether they are part of a small business or a vast organization, employers have a great deal of responsibility. Apart from being required to tend to the needs of the business itself, they also have an obligation to their employees. Failure to properly adhere to laws in place to govern their treatment of employees could result in employment disputes. In New Jersey new legislation is being introduced which requires employers to fulfill yet another obligation.
As an employer, it is often necessary to make tough decisions. Occasionally, these decisions will affect the lives of others, and this is particularly the case when it comes to decisions about an employee's responsibilities or fitness for a job. Such matters should always be handled with care — if the individuals concerned feel they have been unfairly treated, this can result in employment litigation. Such was the case in New Jersey recently.
Sexual harassment and discrimination litigation can cause serious damage to your business. The damage may hurt your finances, your reputation or both. In the case of the Old Bridge Police Department, located in central New Jersey, the damage could be very severe. The department is currently facing a discrimination lawsuit that could see them pay more than $1 million.
The United States enjoys relationships with countries around the world. Those relationships include many foreign officials living and working within the country as ambassadors, government officials and staff. Many of these officials have diplomatic immunity, protecting them from being prosecuted for crimes in the U.S. But those immunities have limits, as one consular official recently learned.
Businesses can face many different types of legal issues involving their employees. Employment law issues should be taken very seriously by businesses as litigation can result in costly settlements and a tarnished reputation.
A company that grows beyond fifteen employees must make sure that their sexual harassment policies are in line with federal employment law. Employers must craft anti-harassment policies and make sure all employees understand what sexual harassment is and that it is prohibited. Employees must also know how they can file a complaint and these complaints must be followed up on. An employer should realize that even if they follow the rules, they can still be held liable for their employees' bad behavior.
"The Times They Are A-Changin'," "Chimes of Freedom" and "Hurricane" are all songs often quoted in legal papers and court opinions. They are also all songs by Bob Dylan, who has been found to be the most-often cited musician in court. A law professor analyzed legal databases and found him to be the most cited, as reported in a recent article by Carol J. Williams in the Los Angeles Times.