Understanding State and Federal Regulations
Workplaces in New Jersey are subject to multiple layers of regulation. At base, all employers must abide by federal laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination, and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), which sets wage and hour minimums.
However, federal law often provides only the “floor.” That is, these are the minimum rights that employees have. States can also provide greater protection to workers, and New Jersey often has. For example, our state’s anti-discrimination act extends protection to more people than the federal law.
There are also federal and state agencies that can investigate potential violations. For example, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will investigate claims of discrimination or retaliation at the federal level. But New Jersey’s own Division on Civil Rights can also investigate the same claims. An employee must understand how these laws and agencies overlap and diverge.
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Employment law is a complicated body of law, and your choice of attorney can make the difference between success and failure. If you see an employment dispute on the horizon, please don’t delay talking to us.
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