NJ Healthy Terminals Act at Newark Airport unenforced

What happened ?

The Law was signed into effect on April 29,2021. Employers had until September 1, 2021 to comply with the law. The Commissioner of the DOL had 6 months to place rules and regulations to enforce the law, and ensure that covered airport workers were being paid accordingly to NJ building Service Act act that was amended to reflect Federal Service Contract Act. The act would ensure that covered airport workers would be paid a prevailing wage, a Health and Welfare wage , and a standard amount of vacation and paid holidays. Sounds great! Not so fast….

Let’s fast forward 18 months later and take into account of what is really happening . The commissioner of the DOL has yet to set any rules or regulations to enforce the proper application of the law, so employers are allowed to do whatever they wish without any repercussions. The Department of Labor of Workforce Development of New Jersey would normally penalize employers who violate labor laws, but because the commissioner has yet to to do anything , employees who work at the airport are being paid less than the minimum wage allocated to airport workers and they are now paying more for health insurance if they chose their employer health plan.

Let’s take a closer look at what is going on. An employee who is covered by the act should be making at least the prevailing wage designated by the state building contract act, and because of the HTA requirement signed into law to reflect the SCA, they should be making at least $18 an hour . Some employees are still making $15 an hour from 18 months ago.

Next is the Health and Welfare wage supplement that is currently at $4.60 an hour up to 40 hours a week, added to your pay with no deductions allowed by law at a fixed rate. Currently some employers are taking advantage of not abiding by the law, by paying less to employees who already pay a premium for company sponsored health insurance, on an hourly bases past 40 hours. For instance, employee who has not elected to have company sponsored health insurance plans will be paid $4.60 an hour for all hours worked up to 40 hours, while another employee who has elected to have employer sponsored health insurance only gets $2.60 an hour at an adjustable rate above the 40 hours worked. So the employee who would normally pay the premium for health insurance at $97 a month like all other employees at the company is now paying $400 more a month because of the HTA, and the employer gets a tax deduction on the amount that should have been taxed. Because the law is not being enforced, the only benefit is to the company and not the employee. Can you imagine your employer working you more for less? It’s happening!

National Stalker Awareness Month Workplace Chronicles

National stalker Awareness Month

Stalking someone because of a perceived hurt or insult can damage your reputation and cause others harm, please seek professional help if you feel the need to harm others.

National Stalker Awareness Month 2023

As we begin this new year, I hope you find this information and real life experience helpful, because Stalking is a Crime!

Stalking is a learned behavior that is purposeful in watching and following of an individual to cause harm. It is an uneasy feeling that can’t be justified, that someone is actually carrying out a crime against you and this individual seems to find pleasure in doing so. We have the Rejected Stalker, the Resentful Stalker, Intimacy seeking Stalker and the Predator Stalker! Im dealing with a Resentful Stalker and below is snapshot of what that is….

Resentful stalking arises when the stalker feels as though they have been mistreated or that they are the victim of some form of injustice or humiliation. Victims are strangers or acquaintances who are seen to have mistreated the stalker. Resentful stalking can arise out of a severe mental illness when the perpetrator develops paranoid beliefs about the victim and uses stalking as a way of ‘getting back’ at the victim. The initial motivation for stalking is the desire for revenge or to ‘even the score’ and the stalking is maintained by the sense of power and control that the stalker derives from inducing fear in the victim. Often Resentful stalkers present themselves as a victim who is justified in using stalking to fight back against an oppressing person or organisation.

My resentful stalker is someone I work with , who may have some underlying mental health issues ( more than likely) . The nature of the work we perform requires attention to detail and good listening skills. The behavior of this individual can be seen as aloof , and at times strange and confusing ( seen by many coworkers). It may seem innocent and not as a threat, but when a person targets another individual due to their personal shortcomings and others encourage this behavior by giving it pass, they are validating a stalker’s intentions. It’s A Crime!

I have been stalked at work by another individual at the same job site, who is still employed there. I believe that the current stalker is being coached how to harass and intimidate others by my previous stalker who may may still be seeking revenge. I had the help of police detectives , my personal physician, the stalker helpline to help assist in stopping the first stalker, and it seems I need to engage in documenting the activities of this new stalker! It is time consuming, but when the pieces are put together to take action, it helps to stop the stalker in their tracks.

Some [stalkers] will go so far as to try to sabotage everything about the target’s life, including their work, finances, and personal relationships, in order to render the target as helpless and isolated as possible. Often, this will escalate over time,