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May 2016 Archives

How - and When - to File a Social Security Disability Claim

money pic.jpgWhen a person can't work for at least 12 months due to a medical condition, or worse, or when that condition ends in death, there may be financial recourse for her/him or certain members of the family from Social Security disability benefits. To qualify for these benefits you must 1) have worked in jobs covered by the Social Security law and 2) have a medical condition that meets Social Security' s definition of disability. This is how you can met both requirements.

What IS The HIPAA Law and What Does It Mean To Me?

hipaa.pngThe Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), is a law passed by Congress in 1996. One of its most well known parts is the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Since the rule says who can look at and receive your Protected Health Information (PHI), it's an important tool to help to protect against health care identity theft.

Employee Drug Testing in New Jersey? No Help for Employers!

dt.jpgAny employer wants to ensure that its employees or new hires aren't under the influence of illegal substances while on the job. Common tests used to determine if employees have drugs in their systems include those using urine, hair, blood, and saliva samples. But sometimes company policy may want random or more extensive tests, and employees may worry that their privacy rights may be violated.

Think Mediation Instead of Litigation

article-1220626-0003AE4600000258-962_468x318.jpgWhen two or more people, or companies, have a dispute that needs to be resolved, they have a couple of options. If they decide to go to court, they get the benefits of seeing all of the other side's evidence, presenting their claims or defenses before a judge or a jury and the ability to appeal.

Mandatory Arbitration for Employees - No Way Out?

search.jpgWhile filing a lawsuit is the most well-known form of getting legal relief, arbitration has become an alternative to resolving employment disputes, like discrimination, wrongful termination and wage claims. The 2 sides go before a neutral arbitrator, usually an attorney or retired judge, but are limited to whatever terms are in the employment agreement that was signed, usually at or after the time the employee begins his or her job.

Unemployment Benefits for Quitting a Job

enum.jpgGetting unemployment benefits after a termination of a is a much-needed safety net between jobs. In New Jersey, benefits can start at 60% of an employee's average weekly wage during the base period (the first 4 or 5 calendar quarters before the unemployment benefits were sought), with more provided if the care of a dependent is involved. The benefits can last for up to 26 weeks (though a 13-week extension can be issued by the federal government if a state's unemployment rate reaches a certain level).

The Rights of Temps

officee.jpgTemporary employees are typically hired to fill temporary vacancies, to help with increased work demands or to cover seasonal business needs. They can be hired directly or through a staffing agency, meaning that the staffing agency is theoretically their boss, not the employer that uses their services. Although temporary employees won't be given the same protections as regular employees, temps still have rights under federal and New Jersey law.