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May 2019 Archives

New Jersey Commits to Higher Minimum Wage

Governor Phil Murphy.jpgThis past January, New Jersey joined California, New York, and Massachusetts by raising the minimum wage to $15.00. Governor Phil Murphy and legislative leaders signed a deal to increase minimum wage in the state from its current $8.85 to $15.00 to reflect the rising costs of living expenses and further address economic inequality. The increase would effect over one million New Jersey workers and give them an opportunity to join the middle class. 

Non-compete Agreements: A Move Away from Undue Burdens

HR Photo.jpgNew Jersey law on non-compete agreements is changing, especially lately. In the past, New Jersey courts have allowed non-compete agreements to control a former employee's activities after termination or resignation, if it is "reasonable under all circumstances of his particular case," meaning that agreements that "simply protect[s] the legitimate interests of the employer, impose[] no undue hardship on the employee and is not injurious to the public." This was established in a 1970 New Jersey Supreme Court case. 

New Jersey Supreme Court Orders New Trial Because of Juror's Religious Bias

Courthouse.jpgMost people are familiar with the possibility of being called for jury duty. As part of our  civic duty, American citizens participate in jury duty and become part of the legal system. Jurors are given the opportunity to observe, participate in, and facilitate jury trials. 

Dying without Heirs - According to the State

Mother and Daughter.jpgThe value of having a will is that the person who makes the will gets to determine how his or her estate is divided up when he where she dies. Wills can name people specifically, whether family or not, or can name people generally (i.e., "I'd like my estate to be divided equally among all my children") so long as certain rules are followed at the time of creation. Many times there will not be a will when someone dies, in which case the State is left to determine how one's estate is distributed. In that case, the State has a very specific order for whom to distribute the estate; certain family members are able to take the estate - in whole or in part - as determined by their level of kinship. Otherwise, an estate will "escheat" to the State. This distribution can become more complicated when there are no spouses, children or live relatives.

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