Michelle J. Douglass – Douglass Kinniry Law, LLC

Appellate Jump Starts Whistle Blower's Claims

Recently, the New Jersey State Appellate Division issued a victory for employees who report wrongdoing in the workplace. In the matter of Dukin v. Mount Olive Township Board of Education, the Court reversed a lower court…more

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Workplace Behaviors and Privacy Issues

The twenty-first century continues to usher in new and increasingly-powerful technology. This technology is both a blessing and a curse in the employment arena. Sophisticated monitoring software and hardware allow businesses to…more

| Labor & Employment Law

The Affordable Care Act and Other Employment Developments

Qualified employers must provide health care coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 or face a fine beginning January 2015. As employers actively attempt to minimize the costs that they will incur,…more

| Labor & Employment Law

New Jersey Governor Vetoes Social Media Law

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW; MAKING THE NEWS. By: Michelle J. Douglass, Esq. May 9, 2013 There is no doubt about it, social media is here to stay and I like it that way. Social media has many uses and benefits. One of the most…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Winning Social Security Claims

Want to know how to get approved for Social Security Disability benefits? The key to winning a legitimate SSDI claim is preparation, organization and perseverance…more

| Labor & Employment Law

Blowing The Whistle on Legal Activity?

Blowing the Whistle on Legal Activity? New Jersey Supreme Court to Consider the Reaches of CEPA’s Retaliation Protection The State Supreme Court is scheduled to hear argument on whether New Jersey’s Conscientious Employee…more

| Labor & Employment Law

What are the EEOC and the DCR?

The EEOC is the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The DCR is the Division on Civil Rights. Both are government agencies designed to address discrimination in the workplace and in public accommodations. The EEOC is a…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

The Employer?s Duty to Timely Designate FMLA Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires unpaid leaves of absence for employees who have a serious health condition or need to care for family members who have a serious health condition. An employer must have 50 or…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy, Worker?s Compensation

WHAT IS AN ADVERSE ACTION? WELL, IT DEPENDS...

Employees have long awaited direction from the Supreme Court on what constitutes an ?adverse employment action? in the retaliation context especially given the disagreement among the lower courts on this topic. Indeed,…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

The Fair Labor Standards Act

In an effort to help bring an end to the Great Depression by generating jobs, Congress enacted the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (?FLSA?), 29 U.S.C. §201 et seq. The FLSA?s stated purposes are, in essence, to prevent the…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Paralegal Ethics Seminar

We are here to review the important principles of professional conduct and ethical considerations as it applies to paralegals and legal assistants. I will concentrate on the following points: First, I will discuss the…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

ATTORNEY FEE RETAINERS, CLOSING DOCUMENTS, FEE APPLICATIONS

When an employment case is successfully litigated, there is at least the prospect of a separate award of attorneys? fees and litigation expenses. Such separate awards, which are based by law on hourly fees, can sometimes vastly…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

EMPLOYMENT LAW_Should you take the case?

More trial lawyers are receiving inquiries concerning possible employment discrimination. Many trial lawyers who have focused their practice on more traditional personal injury cases in the past are finding satisfaction in…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

Employment FAQs

Q. I was fired unfairly for no good reason or "wrongfully" terminated. Do I have a legal claim? Q. My employer is discriminating against me. Is that illegal? Q. My supervisor is harassing me. Does this harassment violate the…more

| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Privacy

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