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Appellate Division Finds that Violations of Local Government Ethics Law Must be Intentional to be Actionable

February 27th, 2019 | Written by Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq.

City of Linden Council members recently appealed a determination of the Local Finance Board on summary judgment that they had violated N.J.S.A. 40A:9-22.5(c) by using their positions to secure an unwarranted privilege for another Council member.  Cosby-Hurling, et al., v. Local Finance Board, Docket No. A-5528-16T2 (Jan. 18, 2019). 

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What a Divorce Trial is Like, and Why You Should Avoid It

February 26th, 2019 | Written by William J. Rudnik, Esq.

If you have reached the point where your divorce case is going to trial, it means either one or both parties are unreasonable with regard to their position, or there is an obscure legal issue (very rare) that requires the court to decide the matter.  If you are heading to trial, it means that despite multiple opportunities in the court process to settle your case, your case still has not settled.  While the court process is designed to settle the case prior to trial, unfortunately, it does not always happen.

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Appellate Decision Cautions Land Use Board Members Against Ex Parte Communications with Applicants

February 25th, 2019 | Written by Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq.

On appeal in Sternas v. DMH2, LLC, A-2051-16T4 (Feb. 4, 2019), the Appellate Division considered whether the Class II Planning Board member, who was also the municipal engineer, had a conflict of interest due to ex parte communications with an applicant. 

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Governor Murphy Expands Family Leave Law

February 25th, 2019 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.

On February 19, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation that significantly expands the existing NJ Family Leave Act (NJFLA), as well as the NJ Family Leave Insurance Law (NJFLI). The new law creates major changes, some of which employers must comply with by June 30, 2019.

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Appellate Division Declines to Apply Heightened Standard to Zoning Ordinances that Contradict State and Regional Plans

February 20th, 2019 | Written by Tara A. St. Angelo, Esq.

In Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. v. Township of Branchburg, A-0843-16T1 (App. Div. Dec. 13, 2018), the Township of Branchburg appealed the trial court’s holding that invalidated a 2008 land use ordinance amendment down-zoning the Merck property. 

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What Happens If the System Fails Me in My Divorce?

February 18th, 2019 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

The system currently in place for families contemplating divorce is imperfect.  It is not possible for a system based on very specific rules to uniquely or perfectly apply to each individual’s desired outcome.  That defies logic and ignores the multiple personalities at play in each divorce matter (custody, support, removal, paternity, etc.).  The judge, lawyers, clients, children, etc., each have their personal beliefs and experiences that color their opinions, biases, and perspectives.  How then, can a litigant endure this perfect storm with dignity, respect, and the ability to move on and create a new life in the aftermath?

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New Minimum Wage Passed in New Jersey

February 8th, 2019 | Written by Richard P. Cushing, Esq.

On Feb. 4, 2019, a new minimum wage law was passed that will eventually raise the minimum wage in NJ for most workers to $15.  For the first time the NJ minimum wage has been applied to municipalities and other government agencies. 

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Does a Parent’s “Strained” Relationship with a Child Obviate the Parent’s Obligation to Contribute to College?

January 29th, 2019 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

Not according to the Appellate Division in the recent case of Hamilton v. Hamilton[1].  In this January 22, 2019 decision, the appellate division concluded that the father would be required to pay 60% of the child’s college expenses despite a strained relationship with the child.   

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NYC May Be Paving the Way for Employee Wellness with Its Proposed Legislation

January 18th, 2019 | Written by Leslie A. Parikh, Esq.

Newly proposed legislation by New York City Councilman Rafael Espinal, Jr., dubbed the “Right to Disconnect” bill, will essentially make it unlawful for employers to require their employees to respond to e-mails, phone calls, text messages or any other type of work-related communication once their normal working hours end. The bill, as proposed, would affect employers with ten (10) employees or more and would make it illegal for employers to retaliate against employees if they choose not to respond to after-hours communications.

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Non-Traditional Benefits that Must be Considered in a Divorce

December 5th, 2018 | Written by Diana N. Fredericks, Esq.

You may think that you only need to consider traditional income to determine alimony, child support and equitable distribution, but you may be overlooking significant perks or other benefits that could have a substantial impact on those issues.  Failing to consider these non-traditional benefits could significantly affect your bottom line.  Identifying and discussing these perks and benefits with your attorney is critical.

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