"Research shows that if 90 percent of families exclusively breastfed for 6 months, almost 1,000 infant deaths may be prevented annually and $13 billion would be saved in medical costs each year" (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services)
As many of you already know, our slogan at Mintz & Geftic is "We Will Fight For You!"
As Elizabeth, New Jersey accident lawyers, we fight for the victims of car and truck accidents that suffer with catastrophic injuries like traumatic brain injury, spinal cord damage or burns.
As Elizabeth, New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers, we fight for the patients that endure hardships related to medical mistakes like surgical errors, birth injuries and emergency room negligence.
As Elizabeth, New Jersey workers' compensation lawyers, we fight for the hardworking men and women of New Jersey that are injured while working from a slip and fall or construction accident.
Finally, and most importantly; as parents, grandparents, sons and daughters, we always fight for the moms and children of New Jersey. For this reason, we are happy to share the news that a bill has been proposed by New Jersey lawmakers that, if passed, would protect the rights of breastfeeding mothers in the workplace.
New Jersey Bill for Breastfeeding Moms in the Workplace
The proposed bill (New Jersey Bill A2294) seeks to amend an anti-discrimination statute dating back to 1945 to include breastfeeding among a number of categories, such as race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and more— that must be treated equally. It would protect nursing mothers from discrimination in getting a job, while at work, in securing housing, joining a club, accessing a loan or mortgage, or doing other business.
The new legislation would require New Jersey employers to provide a proper location (other than a bathroom stall) and a “reasonable break” for breastfeeding mothers to pump during work hours. The New Jersey bill would also make it a civil rights violation to fire a woman because she is breastfeeding during work hours.
Breastfeeding can lower breast cancer risk, especially if a woman breastfeeds for longer than 1 year. (breastcancer.org)
The medical evidence is overwhelming when it comes to proving the benefits of breastfeeding for both the mom and baby and finally the laws are starting to recognize this.
As New Jersey accident lawyers, we always support laws that protect New Jersey drivers from suffering injuries in car accidents. Whether it was the mandating of seatbelts decades ago, or more recently, limiting cellphone use while driving; evidence has clearly shown these steps help to save lives.
As New Jersey workers' compensation lawyers, we always support regulations that can help make the workplace safer and prevents slip and falls or any other work-related accidents for the workers of New Jersey.
Along these same lines, we strongly support this newly proposed bill that will protect the rights of working moms throughout the Garden State while also helping to reduce the number of infant deaths.
Elizabeth, New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers
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New Jersey Heat Wave
When summer arrives in New Jersey and the days begin to heat up, there’s plenty of things we can count on occurring each and every year.
People will be driving down the Garden State Parkway to enjoy time on the New Jersey beaches.
Families will be walking along the boardwalks of Point Pleasant, Seaside and Wildwood.
Nature lovers will be heading to some of New Jersey’s best hiking trails, while others might be tubing down the Delaware River.
Parents will be escaping for some weekend fun in Atlantic City, while others may opt for some much-needed R&R in Cape May.
Concert goers will be heading to the Garden State Arts Center (while still refusing to acknowledge that it’s now called the PNC Bank Arts Center).
And, unfortunately, several New Jersey workers will be suffering from heat-related illness.
Occupational Heat Exposure – Deadly Risks
A heat wave brings about deadly risks. Every year, thousands of workers become sick from occupational heat exposure, and some even die. In 2014 alone, nationwide 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes on the job.
Excessive exposure to heat can cause a range of heat-related illnesses, from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. When the next heat wave hits New Jersey, it is critical to understand these dangers.
Types of Heat-Related Illness
The most deadly heat-related illness is heat stroke. It occurs when the body becomes unable to control its temperature: the body's temperature rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down. This may occur with little warning to the worker and leave him/her unaware that a crisis stage has been reached. When heat stroke occurs, employee’s skin is hot, usually dry or can have profuse sweating. His/her body temperature will be around 105 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, and the worker can be confused, have seizures or lose consciousness.. Unless the worker receives rapid and appropriate treatment, brain damage and/or death can occur.
Heat Exhaustion is not as dangerous as heat stroke, but can quickly progress to heat stroke if the worker is not attended to immediately. Heat exhaustion is the body's response to an excessive loss of the water and salt, usually through excessive sweating. Symptoms may include headaches, nausea, heavy sweating, elevated body temperatures.
Heat cramps usually affect workers who sweat a lot during strenuous activity. This sweating depletes the body's salt and moisture levels. Low salt levels in muscles causes painful cramps. Heat cramps may also be a symptom of heat exhaustion.
Heat rash is a skin irritation caused by excessive sweating during hot, humid weather. Heat rash often looks like a red cluster of pimples or small blisters. It will usually appear on the worker's neck, upper chest, groin, under the breasts, and in elbow creases.
Who is at Risk?
Outdoor workers include any workers who spend a substantial portion of their shift outdoors. Examples include construction workers, baggage handlers, oil and gas well operators, asbestos removal workers, electrical power transmission and control workers, landscaping and maintenance workers, plus many others that spend their days outside in the hot New Jersey summer.
New Jersey workers that are new to working outdoors are generally most at-risk for heat-related illnesses. It it critical for these workers to gradually increase their workloads and take breaks more frequently.
How Hot is Too Hot?
The best measurement tool for New Jersey workers and their employers to use in monitoring the heat level is the Heat Index. The heat index, often labeled as the "feels like" temp on weather websites, combines temperature and relative humidity into one number that reflects how hot it will actually feel.
The following from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a good basic guideline:
|Heat Index||Risk Level|
|Less than 91°F||Lower (Caution)|
|91°F to 103°F||Extreme Caution|
|103°F to 115°F||Danger|
|Greater than 115°||Extreme Danger|
IMPORTANT NOTE - The heat index values were devised for shady, light wind conditions. Exposure to full sunshine can increase heat index values by up to 15° Fahrenheit.
New Jersey Employers Must Protect Their Employees
Under OSHA law, employers are responsible for providing workplaces free of known safety hazards. This includes protecting workers from extreme heat with precautions such as:
- Providing workers with water, rest and shade.
- Allowing new or returning workers to gradually increase workloads and take more frequent breaks as they acclimatize, or build a tolerance for working in the heat.
- Planning for emergencies and training workers on prevention.
- Monitoring workers for signs of illness.
Are your employers protecting you and your coworkers from heat-related illness? If not, you should contact the OSHA office nearest you.
Workers have a right to a safe workplace. The law requires employers to provide their employees with safe and healthful workplaces. The OSHA law also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees for exercising their rights under the law (including the right to raise a health and safety concern or report an injury).
If you have any questions on any of these laws please contact your New Jersey Workers' Compensation lawyers at Mintz & Geftic today.
Elizabeth, New Jersey Workers' Compensation Lawyers
We give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one has been injured while working or as a result of heat-related illness during a New Jersey heat wave, call our New Jersey lawyers today at 908-352-2323 or send us an email by clicking here to evaluate your case.
Our workers' compensation lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City.
WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!
Today we are continuing to discuss the important topic of wage theft. As Elizabeth, New Jersey's premier workers' compensation law firm, our lawyers represent and speak with New Jersey workers on a daily basis. In these discussions with our clients about their work-related injuries, we are also continuing to hear about wage theft and other aspects of employment law such as sexual harassment, gender discrimination and workplace retaliation.
As many visitors to our website know, we blog about a wide variety of topics here at mglawfirm.net. We cover subjects ranging from motor vehicle accidents and the types of back injuries that they can cause to a sampling of Valentine’s Day lawsuits. From the serious danger of seat back failure that has parents everywhere alarmed to the not-so-serious pondering of Santa’s workers’ compensation concerns. From construction accidents and the 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the U.S. to flying manhole covers in Elizabeth, New Jersey.
A couple of months ago we wrote about A Victory for Elizabeth Workers, where we shared the news that Elizabeth had become the 10th municipality in New Jersey to provide paid sick leave to its employees. As Elizabeth’s neighborhood law firm, we at Mintz & Geftic were happy to see the local residents rally together for such a great cause.
We are now less than two weeks away from the date of March 2nd, when this law will go into effect and the hardworking men and women of Elizabeth will finally have access to the benefits that they worked so hard to obtain. However, news came out just today that should remind the people of Elizabeth, and across New Jersey, that they will need to continue making sure their voice is heard.
“Tonight is a tremendous victory for over 25,000 Elizabeth workers who will never again have to choose between their livelihood and their family’s health.”
Companies often fail to pay any overtime for more than 40 hours of work per week. The Fair Labor Standards Act and New York and New Jersey Hour Laws require that employers compensate their non-exempt employees for all hours worked in excess of forty (40) hours per week.
Workers should be aware of their rights under these laws. You may be entitled to recover multiple years back wages that your employer has failed to pay. Employees are entitled to bring actions on behalf of their co-workers in court as class actions or collective actions.
Companies often fail to properly pay overtime wages to many categories of employees, including:
- Construction workers; warehouse workers; factory workers; laborers, plumbers, electricians, masons, hospital employees; medical support staff; public sector employees; IT help desk employees; computer/network maintenance workers; bookkeepers/junior accountants; restaurant workers; airport employees, union employees
Employers make frequent errors, whether deliberate or not, in calculating overtime payment including:
- Averaging hours over a two week period
- Not including all payments in calculating the overtime rate of pay
- Not paying overtime for all hours worked over 40 per week
- Not including time spent preparing for work (donning and doffing)
- Requiring employees to work through unpaid meal breaks
In 2016, Mintz & Geftic’s Bryan H. Mintz, along with co-counsel, obtained a $1.5 million settlement against a New Jersey food distributor alleging violations of New Jersey’s Wage & Hour laws. That case involved allegations that truck drivers for the food distributor worked more the forty (40) hours per week with no overtime pay.
Elizabeth, New Jersey Wage Theft Lawyers
Our lawyers give personal attention to all of our clients. If you or a loved one might be a victim of wage theft, call us today at 908-352-2323 or send us an email by clicking here to evaluate your case.
Our New Jersey wage theft lawyers serve clients throughout New Jersey and New York, including the cities of Newark, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Hackensack, and Morris, Bergen, Hudson, Union and Middlesex counties. We have offices in Elizabeth, New Jersey and New York City
At Mintz & Geftic, WE WILL FIGHT FOR YOU!
In the recent Workers’ Compensation decision in Neglia v. Craft Carpentry & Drywall, a New Jersey Workers’ Compensation court held that a petitioner was not entitled to medical and temporary benefits where the Court determined that the petitioner purposely or knowingly made false or misleading statements in claiming compensation benefits.