Employee Handbooks - Work Rules - Employee Conduct: New Jersey
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
- Although New Jersey is an at-will employment state, there are several exceptions to the at-will employment doctrine. See At-Will Nature of Employment; Exceptions to the At-Will Employment Doctrine.
- New Jersey has several laws designed to promote workplace safety, including a Right to Know act requiring employers to provide employees with information regarding hazardous materials, an occupational health and safety act geared towards public employees and a smoke-free air act. See Workplace Safety.
- New Jersey has wage and hour laws governing meal breaks and rest periods, wage payment, permissible deductions and other wage-related issues. See Meal Breaks and Rest Breaks; Wage and Hour Requirements.
- There are several laws in New Jersey governing employee leaves. The New Jersey Family Leave Act allows for 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth/adoption of a child or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. If certain conditions are met, the New Jersey Paid Family Leave Law provides that six of these weeks will be paid (up to a cap). See Employee Leaves.
- There are limitations placed on employers with regard to monitoring employees in the areas of drug testing, electronic communications, polygraphs and wiretapping. See Employee Monitoring.