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|Could Paid Sick Leave Be Coming Statewide to New Jersey|
Jason A. Storipan; Fisher & Phillips LLP;
January 7, 2015, previously published on October 13, 2014Currently, identical paid sick leave bills are pending in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly Labor Committees. Recently, the Assembly Labor Committee held a hearing on its bill A2354. The bill covers all employers that have employees within New Jersey, but bases the amount of time required to be...
|Governor Patrick Proposes State Budget Cuts; Speaker DeLeo Opposes|
George K. Atanasov, Julie Cox, Amarynth Sichel; Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.;
January 6, 2015, previously published on November 20, 2014This morning Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo indicated that he will not support the Governor’s plan to trim the state budget to close a projected $329 million mid-year budget gap.
|Friending and Following Jurors: The Ethical Boundaries of Researching Jurors on Social Media|
John H. Dollarhide; Butler Snow LLP;
January 2, 2015, previously published on December 5, 2014What are the ethical boundaries of an attorney’s internet research of jurors? Before the ubiquity of the internet, an attorney obviously couldn’t walk up to a potential juror in a restaurant and strike up a conversation. But the extra-physical nature of the internet presents a different...
|Florida's Citizens Board of Governors Reviews 2014 Accomplishments; Approves 2015 Budget, Risk Transfer and Pre-Event Liquidity Program|
Colodny Fass P.A.;
January 2, 2015, previously published on December 10, 2014Florida's Citizens Property Insurance Corporation ("Citizens") Board of Governors ("Board") met in Winter Park, Florida today, December 10, 2014.
|Draft Actuarial Flood Standards Posted in Advance of December 16 Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology Meeting|
Colodny Fass P.A.;
December 30, 2014, previously published on December 9, 2014In advance of a day-long December 16, 2014 meeting, the Florida Commission on Hurricane Loss Projection Methodology ("FCHLPM") published a working first draft of Actuarial Flood Standards.
|Republicans Eye Further Patent Reform for 2015|
Scott A. McKeown; Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P.;
December 29, 2014, previously published on December 03, 2014With the incoming Republican majority itching to make their mark, patent reform appears at the top of the legislative agenda for 2015. As discussed previously, the interest in further reform is based more on political expediency than true need. That is, selling the American public that legislation...
|Supreme Court's Ruling On Security Screening Time May Not Apply Under State Law|
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
December 29, 2014, previously published on December 10, 2014Following up our E-Lert of December 9, 2014, summarizing the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, we wanted to alert you that the Supreme Court’s ruling applies only to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, and that there may be state laws and...
|Supreme Court Holds Post-Shift Security Screening Is Not Compensable Under FLSA|
Shawe Rosenthal LLP;
December 29, 2014, previously published on December 9, 2014In Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v Busk, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the time that employees spent waiting to undergo antitheft security screening before leaving work was not compensable under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
|Don’t Lose Your Privileges: What You Should Know To Protect Your, Or Your Clients’, Privileged Information From Unintended Disclosure To The Government|
Matthew R. Ottemann; McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO;
December 23, 2014, previously published on Fourth Quarter 2014It is a fundamental principle of American court proceedings that parties should generally be able to discover and utilize evidence which supports their case. However, courts have also recognized that certain relationships are of such societal importance that sacrificing evidence which may be...
|Community Redevelopment Law Conflict-of-Interest Rules Apply to Successor Agencies|
Michael J. Maurer; Best Best & Krieger LLP;
December 22, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014The California Attorney General recently opined that the conflict-of-interest rules under the Community Redevelopment Law will continue to apply despite the dissolution of redevelopment agencies. The rules apply to members of any successor agency governing board and may apply to city officials and...