LGBT Workers Gain Rights Under Presidential Executive Order

Studies show that more than 40 percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers have suffered employment discrimination due to their sexual orientation. Moreover, 90 percent of transgender employees have experienced harassment, mistreatment, or discrimination the workplace. President Obama has once again extended the reach of Executive power when he recently signed an Executive Order that […]

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LGBT Workers Gain Rights Under Presidential Executive OrderGary S. YoungJuly 28, 2014



Amendments to NY Wage Theft Law Head to Governor’s Desk

A bill that would amend New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act (the “Act”) awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature. The changes offer both good news and bad news for New York employers. Originally enacted into law in 2011, the Act aims to protect low-wage workers from unscrupulous employers who may attempt to pilfer their pay by […]

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Amendments to NY Wage Theft Law Head to Governor’s DeskBob MarsicoJuly 25, 2014



Should You Be Protecting Your Business Emails from Prying Eyes?

Would you send an important communication on a postcard? For most businesses, the answer is likely no. Yet companies send unsecured business emails every day, which share many of the same characteristics as postcards. These messages can be intercepted and read by entities other than the intended recipient. The identity of the sender can also […]

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Should You Be Protecting Your Business Emails from Prying Eyes?Fernando PingueloJuly 24, 2014



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?Dan BrecherJuly 23, 2014



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 DeskRamon RiveraJuly 22, 2014



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)Gary S. YoungJuly 21, 2014



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 CharactersDan BrecherJuly 18, 2014



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 AcquittalDan BrecherJuly 17, 2014



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?Gary S. YoungJuly 16, 2014



The Decline of Entrepreneurs

by Dan Brecher on July 15, 2014

decline of entrepreneurs

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 EntrepreneursDan BrecherJuly 15, 2014