Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Morristown Memorial Hospital: A Tax Exemption Ruling All Nonprofit Hospitals Need to Know About

A recent New Jersey Tax Court decision has nonprofit entities on edge. The decision may offer tax authorities the opportunity to pursue payments from nonprofit hospitals and may result in the redefining of tax exemptions by...more

7/22/2015 - Charitable Organizations Executive Compensation Hospitals Non-Profits Property Tax Tax Court Tax Exempt Entities

SEC Challenges Employee Confidentiality Agreements

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced that it brought (and resolved) an enforcement action against a company for allegedly discouraging whistleblower complaints by requiring employees to sign...more

4/7/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements Enforcement Actions Internal Investigations KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Rule 21F SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

New Jersey’s ‘Ban the Box’ Law Signed by Governor Christie

The Opportunity to Compete Act, which seeks to help individuals with criminal histories reintegrate into the workplace, was recently signed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. The “ban the box” law will prohibit most New...more

8/15/2014 - Ban the Box Criminal Background Checks Employee Rights Job Applicants

FTC and EEOC Issue Joint Guidance on Employer Use of Background Checks

A new joint publication of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) serves as a reminder to employers of the risks that come with the use of background information when making...more

3/18/2014 - Background Checks Criminal Background Checks EEOC FCRA FTC

Governor Christie Bolsters N.J.’s Law Against Discrimination To Expressly Protect Pregnancy and Childbirth

Last week, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed legislation amending the state’s powerful Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to provide increased protection for employees based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical...more

1/30/2014 - ADA Civil Rights Act Discrimination Employee Rights Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Title VII

CFPB Warns Employers on Required Use of Payroll Cards

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has issued a bulletin warning employers that they cannot require employees to receive their wages on payroll cards. The bulletin appears to respond to the explosive growth in the use...more

9/16/2013 - CFPB Compliance EFTA Minimum Wage Payroll Cards Regulation E Wages

New Law in New Jersey Requires Unpaid Leave for Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault Victims

Effective October 1, 2013, certain employers in New Jersey must provide up to 20 days of unpaid leave to employees who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault....more

8/14/2013 - Chris Christie Domestic Violence New Legislation SAFE Act Sexual Assault Unpaid Leave

Payroll Cards – The Inquiry Broadens

As we reported in our July 11 legal alert, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has commenced an investigation into the widening practice of employers paying hourly employees through the use of prepaid payroll cards....more

7/19/2013 - DOL Employer Liability Issues Fees Minimum Wage Payroll Cards Wage and Hour

N.Y. Attorney General Investigates Use of Payroll Cards

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has launched an investigation into companies that pay hourly employees by depositing payroll onto prepaid cards. More than 20 large employers have received letters from Schneiderman...more

7/11/2013 - Disclosure Requirements Payroll Cards Payroll Records Prepaid Payment Products Wages

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