Is Your Favorite Brew Really a “Craft” Beer?

by Dan Brecher on April 21, 2014

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The number of craft breweries in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years. Most recently, the monks of St. Joseph Abbey, located in a small Massachusetts town, made headlines by introducing the first and only certified Trappist ale in the country. It sold out in a matter of days. Here in New Jersey, laws […]

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Is a Federal Data Breach Notification Law on the Horizon?

by Fernando Pinguelo on April 18, 2014

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Nearly all 50 states have data breach notification laws in place. Generally, these laws dictate how private and government entities must notify individuals of data breaches involving personally identifiable information, commonly referred to as PII. However, when a widespread data theft occurs and impacts customers across the country, there is no singular response procedure required. […]

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EEOC Challenges Restrictive Separation Agreement

by Gary S. Young on April 17, 2014

EEOC Challenges Restrictive Separation Agreements

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a lawsuit against CVS Pharmacy, Inc. alleging that the pharmacy chain’s standard separation agreement is “overly broad.” Specifically, the EEOC claims that the separation agreement interferes with a former employee’s right to communicate with the EEOC or to file discrimination charges. Employers should take note of […]

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Cybersecurity – Is It Time to Make Your Vendors Account?

by Fernando Pinguelo on April 16, 2014

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With cybersecurity being at the forefront of clients’ and customers’ minds, businesses should take reasonable precautions to protect digital data that they create, collect, process, and/or maintain. And, according to The New York Times, companies are now requiring their law firms to increase their security and demonstrate that their confidential information is protected. In fact, […]

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Successor liability

In the recent case of Thompson v. Real Estate Mortgage Network, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit has endorsed successor liability for claimed wage-and-hour violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The ruling reinstates a class action lawsuit against a mortgage underwriter for allegedly cheating employees out of overtime. Facts of […]

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Defense Against Hacking: Is A New Industry Emerging?

by Fernando Pinguelo on April 14, 2014

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As the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to increase data exponentially, cyber-attacks and data breaches persist at alarming rates and effectiveness.  These circumstances create a need that has fostered a booming business for contractors whose business services and products are designed to assist corporations with defending against hackers and nefarious intruders. The […]

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Businesses know that relationships with their clients are important, but in today’s world of social media, it is imperative to be proactive in strengthening and maintaining them. This means including your customers in everything from strategy to community management. Making customers feel like they are part of a community, while also not feeling like just […]

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General Motors – Guilty of Conscious Avoidance?

by Robert Levy on April 10, 2014

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Mary Barra, the CEO of General Motors, recently testified before Congress regarding the 13 deaths caused by GM’s decision not to use a $.59 part in the ignition systems of models years ago. Barra repeatedly responded to questions regarding when GM knew of the problems and why decisions were made by stating she did not […]

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Should We Heed Snowden’s Warnings?

by Fernando Pinguelo on April 9, 2014

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The technology industry is receiving warnings from Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified documents revealing a network of government surveillance. Snowden asserts that it is time to focus on protecting the privacy of the industry’s customers and users. Snowden, who currently faces charges in the United States of violating […]

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In an effort to stimulate investments in emerging technology businesses based in New Jersey, a tax benefit program has been established allowing credits against corporation business or gross income taxes. If you have invested in a qualifying emerging technology business in New Jersey in 2012 or after, you may have a beneficial tax credit available […]

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