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N.J. Business Groups Vow To Fight Paid Sick Leave Law in Trenton

A group of six business organizations—including the New Jersey Business & Industry Association and the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce—has filed a lawsuit against the City of Trenton, New Jersey, demanding the delay of a…more

Chamber of Commerce, Employee Rights, Local Ordinance, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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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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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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Must-Be-Employed Job Ads Banned in NJ

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently upheld a New Jersey law that bans employers from stating in a job advertisement that applicants must be employed elsewhere in order to be considered for employment. The law was passed…more

Advertising, Human Resources Professionals, Job Applicants, Posting Requirements, Recruitment Policies

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Vermont Right to Life, Inc. v. Sorrell: Independence Required

Since the Supreme Court found in Citizens United that “the absence of prearrangement and coordination . . .alleviates the danger that expenditures will be given as a quid pro quo for improper commitments from the candidate” – a…more

Citizens United, PACs, SCOTUS, SuperPACs

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Newark Passes Paid Sick Time Ordinance

Beginning on May 29, 2014, all private sector employers must provide paid sick time to their employees who work in Newark, including part-time and temporary employees who work at least 80 hours in a calendar year, subject to the…more

Employee Rights, Paid Leave, Sick Leave

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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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Calling All New Jersey Government Contractors: The Clock is Ticking . . . Are you Ready for the March 30th Pay-to-Play Filing Deadline?

As we have previously discussed here, the New Jersey Pay-to-Play Annual Disclosure filing deadline is right around the corner. Any entity that received payments of $50,000 or more as a result of payments from a New Jersey…more

Disclosure Requirements, Filing Deadlines, Government Contractors, Pay-To-Play, Political Contributions

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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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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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New Wage and Hour Poster for 2015 Increase to New Jersey’s Minimum Wage

The New Jersey Department of Labor has issued a new Wage and Hour Law poster. The new poster includes updates reflecting the imminent increase to New Jersey’s minimum wage to $8.38, effective January 1, 2015. Employers are…more

Minimum Wage, Posting Requirements, Wage and Hour

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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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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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IRS Changes the Game?

On Wednesday November 26, 2013, the US Department of Treasury and Internal Revenue Service issued proposed guidance, subject to a comment period, that would limit the scope of permissible political activities of 501(c)(4) social…more

501(c)(4), IRS, Tax Exemptions, U.S. Treasury

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Proposed Main Extension Rules May Impact Developers

Developers and other interested parties still have time to submit comments on the State’s proposed regulations on utility main extensions; the deadline is January 30, 2015. The proposed regulations, published in the New Jersey…more

Land Developers, Proposed Regulation, Real Estate Development, Time Extensions, Utility Sector

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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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Will 2015 be The Year for Pay-to-Play Reform in New Jersey?

New Jersey’s pay-to-play laws have been described as a “dizzyingly complex array of statutes, ordinances and executive orders.” New Jersey currently has different laws in effect that apply to State government contracts, State…more

Board of Education, Campaign Finance Reform, Disclosure Requirements, ELEC, Filing Requirements

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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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Calling All Government Contractors: Upcoming New Jersey Political Contribution Disclosure Form

For government contractors, the start of a new year brings with it a host of filing requirements in many states along the Northeast Corridor. Although some states (such as New York and Connecticut) do not impose annual or…more

Filing Deadlines, Filing Requirements, Government Contractors, Political Contributions

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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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New Jersey Employers Required to Post and Distribute Gender Equity Notice

More than a year after Governor Chris Christie signed legislation requiring many New Jersey employers to notify employees of their right to gender equality in compensation and benefits under existing state and federal law, New…more

Chris Christie, Discrimination, Gender Discrimination, Gender Equity, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination

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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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Only in New York, New York

Conventional wisdom holds that campaign finance reform is elusive. At both the federal level and in many states, the pace of enactment tends to be measured in decades…more

Campaign Finance Reform, Political Campaigns

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Important Deadline Approaching Under New York City’s Paid Sick Leave Law

By Thursday, May 1, 2014, covered employers under New York City’s Earned Sick Time Act, also known as the Paid Sick Leave Law, must distribute a written notice to existing employees regarding their rights under the Paid Sick…more

Earned Sick Time, Employee Benefits, Employer Mandates, Hiring & Firing, Notice Requirements

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New Jersey Minimum Wage Set To Increase To $8.38 Per Hour

New Jersey’s minimum wage will increase from $8.25 to $8.38 per hour on January 1, 2015…more

Employee Rights, Minimum Wage, New Legislation

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N.J. Bill Requiring Paid Sick Time for All Employees Moves Forward

Last week, an ambitious bill that would require all employers in New Jersey to offer paid sick days to employees was approved by the Assembly Labor Committee, clearing its first hurdle in the Legislative process. Assembly Bill…more

Employee Rights, Paid Leave, Pending Legislation, Sick Leave

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Court Denies EEOC’s Requested Preliminary Injunction to Block Wellness Plan Biometric Testing

On November 3 U.S. District Court Judge Ann Montgomery gave Honeywell International a victory in Round One of the EEOC’s legal challenge to Honeywell’s wellness program, by refusing to grant the EEOC preliminary restraints…more

Biometric Information, EEOC, Honeywell International, Preliminary Injunctions, Wellness Programs

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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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Unpaid Need Not Mean Unprotected

New Jersey State Senator Nia H. Gill recently introduced legislation that “[p]rovides legal protections and remedies for persons engaged in unpaid internships with employers.” If passed, S-3064 would extend employee-like…more

Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Unpaid Interns

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“Psychological Care Under FMLA: How Can an Employee Qualify?”

Knowing how to address the needs of employees with caregiving responsibilities can be complicated. It becomes even more challenging when an employee's parent or child becomes so seriously ill that the employee requests a leave…more

Caregivers, FMLA, Mental Health

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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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Affordable Care Act Update: Volunteer Firefighters And Other Emergency Responders Are Not Full-Time Employees Or FTE’s Under ACA

On January 10, 2014 the U.S. Department of Treasury announced that volunteer firefighters and other emergency responders (“volunteer emergency personnel”) at governmental or tax-exempt organizations “generally” need not be…more

Affordable Care Act, Emergency Response, Firemen, FTEs, Full-Time Employees

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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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Kenneth Sheehan Comments on New Jersey’s Response To Hurricane Sandy on Law360

In a Law360 article discussing New Jersey’s response to Hurricane Sandy, Kenneth Sheehan, Director of Genova Burns Giantomasi Webster’s Energy & Utility Law Practice Group, commented on the major steps the state Board of Public…more

Electricity, Hurricane Sandy, Natural Disasters

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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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