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Philadelphia Mayor Signs Legislation to Accommodate Nursing Mothers in the Workplace

Last week Philadelphia Mayor, Michael A. Nutter, signed into law, City of Philadelphia Bill No. 130922 (“the Bill” or “the Ordinance”), a City ordinance which requires employers to reasonably accommodate an employee’s need to…more

Breastfeeding, Employee Rights, Gender Discrimination, Reasonable Accommodation, Sex Discrimination

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Public’s Interest in Records of Police Shooting Trumps OPRA’s Ongoing Investigation Exception

The public’s right to access government documents garnered additional support in New Jersey last week when a state trial court ruled that law enforcement records related to the police shooting of a black man who allegedly rammed…more

Open Public Records Act, Police Misconduct, Public Interest, Right of Access, Right To Know

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Public Records Produced Pursuant to OPRA May Not be Redacted for Irrelevancy

The New Jersey Appellate Division has recently confirmed the public’s unfettered right to access government records, regardless of whether certain information produced falls outside a specific request…more

Evidence, Public Records, Redaction

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New Jersey Supreme Court Rules that CEPA is a Watchdog’s Best Friend

On July 15, 2015 in a 5-0 decision, the Supreme Court of New Jersey issued its long awaited decision in Lippman v. Ethicon, Inc., which affirmed and modified the Appellate Division’s ruling that employees, whose core job duties…more

Adverse Employment Action, CEPA, Employer Liability Issues, Ethicon, Human Resources Professionals

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Comments due for JCOPE Proposed Guidance on Consultants and Grassroots Lobbying

In May, the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) issued proposed guidance on consultants and grassroots lobbying and is currently seeking informal comments on the proposal by July 10, 2015. The proposed guidance would…more

Consultants, Ethics, Grassroots Lobbying, Lobbyists, New Guidance

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New Jersey’s Proposed Ridesharing Insurance Requirements May Simplify Coverage Litigation

In the midst of price wars and resistance from municipalities with a strong traditional taxi presence, so-called “ridesharing” companies—such as Uber and Lyft—must now navigate the initial legislative steps towards regulation in…more

Auto Insurance, Commercial Vehicles, Lyft, Ridesharing, Uber

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What is a Super PAC?

The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire has reported that in the first half of 2015, presidential Super PACs have raised a total of $211,457,755. This money is in addition to money raised directly by presidential candidate…more

501(c)(4), Campaign Contributions, Citizens United, Federal Election Commission, IRS

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U.S. Department of Labor Extends FMLA Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses in States That Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

As reported in the Wall Street Journal (“U.S. Extends Family Leave to Same-Sex Couples,” August 9, 2013, by Melanie Trottman and Kris Maher) and Employment Law 360 (“Labor Dept. Extends FMLA Coverage To Same-Sex Spouses,” August…more

DOL, DOMA, Employee Benefits, FMLA, Marriage

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Mandatory Arbitration Undercutting Consumer Rights?

New Jersey businesses may face increased litigation if proposed legislation to bar mandatory arbitration clauses in consumer contracts is made law. The proposed bill – recommended for passage by the Assembly Consumer Affairs…more

Consumer Fraud, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses, Proposed Legislation

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Significant Property Tax Savings Possible via Professional Review and Appeal

Commercial and residential property owners will receive their property assessment cards on or about February 1, 2014, and they will have until April 1, 2014 to file a tax appeal (except for Monmouth County residents whose filing…more

Property Tax

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N.J. Supreme Court Finds Chapter 78 Did Not Create an Enforceable Contract Right

In Burgos v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the 2011 pension and health benefit reform statute, known as Chapter 78, did not create an enforceable contract that was binding on the State to make the…more

New Legislation, NJ Supreme Court, Pensions, Public Pension

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New Jersey Extends Deadline for Remedial Investigation of Qualifying Contaminated Sites For Two Years

Governor Chris Christie recently signed into law A-4543/S-3075 (Spencer/Schepisi/Smith/Bateman), which extends the deadline for completing the remedial investigation of contaminated sites before the Department of Environmental…more

Contaminated Properties, Deadlines, Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Liability, Remedial Actions

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A Recent Folly by General Mills Exemplifies the Need to Consider the Business Consequences of All Legal Decisions

Before a legal decision is employed, it must be thoroughly vetted from multiple perspectives (including a determination of whether the decision comports with the company’s business goals). Otherwise, unintended business…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Agreements, Consent, General Mills, Marketing

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Ninth Circuit Upholds Ban on Contributions by Government Contractors and Other Disclosure Requirements in Hawaii

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently upheld a number of Hawaii’s contribution and disclosure requirements, thus cementing the legacy of Citizens United’s defense of transparency in campaign…more

Appeals, Campaign Contributions, Citizens United, Construction Industry, Disclosure Requirements

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Political Law Roundup – July 13, 2015

This is the first post in a new series on the blog, providing a quick recap of recent political-law news and developments. - What role will non-profits have on the 2016 presidential election? According to a report in the…more

Chris Christie, Government Contractors, Non-Profits, Presidential Elections, Public Funds

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Recent Supreme Court Decision Undermines SLUSA Security for Secondary Actors in Ponzi Schemes

The Supreme Court’s February 26, 2014 decision in Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, et al., has eliminated a potential protection for secondary actors (such as investment advisors, law firms or insurance brokerages) that…more

Negligent Misrepresentation, Ponzi Scheme, SCOTUS, SEC, SLUSA

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Amended Provisions to Interest Arbitration Awards

On June 24, 2014, Governor Christie signed into law Bill A-3424, amending the provisions of Arbitration Reform Bill A-3393. Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster, as labor counsel to the League of Municipalities and New Jersey…more

Arbitration, Arbitration Awards

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NLRB Guidance Further Defines Permissive Employer Handbook Rules

The NLRB’s General Counsel recently issued a report further defining the limitations on an employer’s ability to enact workplace rules which tend to interfere with an employee’s Section 7 rights under the National Labor…more

Employee Handbooks, New Guidance, NLRA, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity

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Second Circuit Outlines The Way for Employers to Hire Unpaid Interns

On July 2, 2015, in a matter of first impression, the Second Circuit issued a ruling in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., Nos. 13-4478, 13-4481 (2d Cir. July 2, 2015), and provided a new test for whether a worker can be…more

DOL, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Entertainment Industry, First Impression

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Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to Affordable Care Act’s Tax Credit Provisions

On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, finally resolved a central issue under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) as to whether Congress’ failure to provide expressly for Federal subsidies to States that did not…more

Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, King v Burwell, Public Health Insurance Marketplace

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Recent Supreme Court Decision Expands Freedom of Speech Rights for Those in Common-Interest-Communities

The New Jersey Supreme Court’s December 3, 2014 decision in Dublirer v. 2000 Linwood Avenue Owners, Inc., et al., extended the free speech rights of those living within private common-interest communities relating to political…more

Common-Interest Communities, Dublirer, Free Speech, Political Speech, Time-Place-Manner Restrictions

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ELEC Lobbying Deadlines Approach

On Monday, February 16, 2015, businesses, non-profits and special interest groups that paid more than $2,500 in 2014 to make lobbying communications to New Jersey State government officials, directly or indirectly (i.e…more

Annual Reports, Corporate Gifts, Disclosure Requirements, ELEC, Lobbying

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Second Circuit Outlines The Way for Employers to Hire Unpaid Interns

On July 2, 2015, in a matter of first impression, the Second Circuit issued a ruling in Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., Nos. 13-4478, 13-4481 (2d Cir. July 2, 2015), and provided a new test for whether a worker can be…more

DOL, Employee Definition, Employer Liability Issues, Entertainment Industry, First Impression

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The Pay-to-Play Effect in New Jersey’s 2015 Statewide Elections

2015 is a unique year in New Jersey politics, as the New Jersey Assembly races are the only set of elections scheduled for this year that extend beyond county and municipal lines. Even the Assembly Members’ colleagues in the…more

Campaign Contributions, Pay-To-Play, Political Candidates, State Elections

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Home Health Care Worker Exemption Narrowed by USDOL Final Rule

On September 17, 2013, the United States Department of Labor issued its final rule extending the minimum wage and overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) to home health care workers. This new rule is…more

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Firm Client Tucker Development is Awarded More Than $38m in Tax Breaks for Newark Project

Firm client Tucker Development was awarded more than $38M in subsidies in the form of bond financing and tax breaks by the Economic Development Authority to fund its mixed use development project on Springfield Avenue in Newark…more

Bonds, Economic Development, Land Developers, Subsidies, Tax Credits

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NJ Federal Court Rules Pension Plan Established By Church-Controlled Hospital Not an ERISA-Exempt Church Plan

On March 31, 2014 the U.S. District Court in New Jersey held that a defined benefit pension plan established by St. Peter’s Healthcare System was not a church plan exempt under ERISA despite the fact that St. Peter’s is…more

Catholic Church, Churches, Defined Benefit Plans, ERISA, Exemptions

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New Jersey Supreme Court Approves Complex Business Litigation Program

The State Judiciary has recently announced the commencement of a Complex Business Litigation Program, which will begin accepting cases January 1, 2015. The new program will further the Judiciary’s goals of streamlining complex…more

Business Court Division, Business Disputes, Complex Litigation, Construction Disputes, Construction Industry

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Supreme Court’s Opinion Reiterates Principle that Patent Holders Bear Burden of Proof in Infringement Actions

The Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision issued on January 22, 2014, held that the burden of proof in patent infringement actions falls upon the patentee, regardless of whether the patentee is the moving party in the…more

Burden of Proof, Evidence, Medtronic v Boston Scientific, Patent Infringement, Patent Litigation

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Supreme Court Decisions on Same Sex Marriage To Impact Business Entities, Employers and Individuals

Today’s Supreme Court decisions will have a major impact upon business entities, employers and individuals in New York, New Jersey, and several other states including California, due to the change of the definitions of “spouse”…more

COBRA, DOMA, Equal Protection, ERISA, Estate Planning

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NJ Voters Approve Constitutional Amendment to Increase Minimum Wage

On Tuesday, New Jersey voters approved a Constitutional amendment which will increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 per hour on January 1, 2014…more

Employee Rights, Minimum Wage, Wages

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