Will Uber Win the Battle of the Taxi or Succumb to Business Regulation?

Uber records approximately one million ride requests each week and is now valued at an estimated $18.2 billion. Despite its surging popularity with riders, the company continues to face strong resistance from regulators and traditional taxis over its novel business model, which uses a cell phone application to connect drivers using their personal vehicles with […]

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Will Uber Win the Battle of the Taxi or Succumb to Business Regulation?

NJ “Ban the Box” Bill Headed to Gov. Christie’s Desk

New Jersey may soon be the latest state to “ban the box.” Late last month, the state legislature passed the Opportunity to Compete Act, which would restrict the use of criminal background checks by New Jersey employers. The bill now awaits Gov. Chris Christie’s signature. Six states—Hawaii, California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Minnesota and New Mexico—have previously […]

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NJ “Ban the Box” Bill Headed to Gov. Christie’s Desk

ERISA Class Action Settlement Results in Reforms (Not Payment)

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey Inc. (Horizon) will alter its business practices and pay $2.5 million in attorney’s fees under the terms of a class action settlement approved in federal court last week. The suit alleged the insurance company under-reimbursed health plan subscribers for out-of-network services in violation of the Employee Retirement […]

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ERISA Class Action Settlement Results in Business Reforms (Not Payment)

SEC’s Social Media Guidance Recognizes Required Disclosures Often Exceed 140 Characters

Businesses are increasingly using social media to interact with current and potential clients. However, some industries must tread carefully to avoid running afoul of existing regulations, which often do not reflect the new technology. Thankfully, some regulators appear to be recognizing the growing importance of social media and are revising their policies accordingly. The Securities […]

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SEC’s Social Media Guidance Recognizes Required Disclosures Often Exceed 140 Characters

Insider-Trading Streak Ends With Rajaratnam Acquittal

Rengan Rajaratnam will not suffer the same fate as his younger brother, Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam. A federal jury recently cleared him of insider- trading charges. The trial loss brings U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara’s five-year winning streak to an end. He was 81-0 in securing insider-trading convictions over the past four years. Bharara’s high-profile victories include […]

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Insider-Trading Streak Ends With Rajaratnam Acquittal

How will Hobby Lobby decision impact New Jersey businesses?

In Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) “contraception mandate,” as this applies to “closely held” corporations. Now that the Court has issued its much-anticipated, controversial decision, the debate now rages over how widely it will impact corporate employers. The Contraception Mandate  The ACA requires employers with […]

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How Will Hobby Lobby Decision Impact New Jersey Businesses?

The Decline of Entrepreneurs

by Dan Brecher on July 15, 2014

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Many Americans have the dream of running their own business. As the economy declined and employment rates dropped in the past few years, it became more common for entrepreneurs to pursue this dream out of necessity and inability to find other employment. New research from the Kauffman Foundation indicates that start-up businesses declined in 2013. […]

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The Decline of Entrepreneurs

Proposed FMLA Rule Incorporates Same-Sex Marriages

by Gary S. Young on July 14, 2014

Proposed FMLA Rule Incorporates Same-Sex Marriages

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is about to get a modern update. The Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced proposed changes to the definition of “spouse,” which are intended to incorporate the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in United States v. Windsor which found the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. FMLA […]

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Proposed FMLA Rule Incorporates Same-Sex Marriages

Could You Find a Key Contract in Less than 15 Minutes?

If you could not quickly locate an important business agreement, you are not alone. But you could be hurting your company’s bottom line. A recent survey highlights that many corporate legal departments are struggling to keep up with contract management. Of the 100 legal technology professionals surveyed by Huron Consulting Group, 57 percent expressed concern […]

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Could You Find a Key Contract in Less than 15 Minutes?

Can New Jersey Employers Set Time Limits for Lawsuits?

by Joel N. Kreizman on July 10, 2014

Can New Jersey Employers Set Time Limits for Lawsuits?

Under New Jersey’s statute of limitations, workers generally have two years to file an employment lawsuit. However, employers can amend that deadline by contract, as confirmed by a recent decision by the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court. The Facts of the Case The dispute in Rodriguez v. Raymour Furniture Company, Inc. centers […]

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Can New Jersey Employers Set Time Limits for Lawsuits?