Dena Calo and Kathryn Dugan Published in The Leave & Disability Coordination Handbook

Author: Dena B. Calo and Kathryn E. Dugan

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“Is a Pregnant Employee Entitled to ADAAA Accommodations?” by  Partner Dena B. Calo and Associate Kathryn E. Dugan has been published in The Leave & Disability Coordination Handbook’s December 2012 issue.  The article explores when a pregnancy may be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and to what extent an employer may be required to make reasonable accommodations. The Leave & Disability Coordination Handbook is a quarterly newsletter in Thompson’s Human Resources Series.

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State of New Jersey Issues Emergency Flood Hazard Area Control Act Rule Amendments: Rules will impact post-Sandy Development

Author: William F. Harrison, Esq. and Erin K. Phalon, Esq.

In response to the flood impacts of storms including Hurricane Sandy, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) recently adopted emergency amendments to the Flood Hazard Area Control Act (FHACA) rules. This rulemaking incorporates the most current flood mapping and seeks to facilitate the reconstruction and elevation of structures in flood hazard areas to a safer height. The rules state that the standards are aimed at reducing future flood impacts and will reduce homeowners’ flood insurance rates. The rules also impact all construction in flood hazard areas, with a significant impact on new multi-residence buildings.

The amendments require the use of the highest available State or Federal flood elevation data to determine a given site’s flood hazard area design flood elevation. The rules govern the entire State, rather than simply the coastal and Hudson River areas. The rules adopt the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFEs) for coastal and tidal waters, which were released in 2012, as the highest available flood elevation data. Final FEMA maps that are developed in partnership with NJDEP and depict NJDEP’s flood hazard area design flood elevation and floodway limit will be automatically incorporated into the FHACA rule when they are prepared by FEMA.  As new FEMA and State mapping for communities throughout New Jersey are released, they will become effective as the highest available flood elevation data.

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James Bucci Named Top Lawyer in Pennsylvania in 2012 Super Lawyers List

Genova Burns is pleased to announce that James Bucci, Partner in the Firm’s Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey offices, has been named to the 2012 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in the state. Mr. Bucci is a member of the Firm’s Employment Law & Litigation and Complex Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. “Our Firm is exceptionally proud of Jim for obtaining this high industry honor,” said founding Partner Angelo J. Genova, Esq. “He also received this honor in the past and we congratulate him on maintaining his professional achievements. Jim’s accomplishments reverberate throughout all branches of this Firm.”

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

Jim also was named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer for Employment and Labor Law in 2008. Outside of work, Jim has taken an active role in his hometown of Haddonfield, New Jersey, having served on its Planning Board and Environmental Commission for many years. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Haddonfield Little League and as a General Member of the Cooper’s Ferry Partnership located in Camden, NJ.  Jim received his Juris Doctor degree in 1991 from the Temple University School of Law, where he served on the school’s Editorial Board. He graduated in 1988 from Dickinson College, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Stein to Present on Estate Planning at New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Judson M. Stein, Director of GBGW’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group, will be presenting as part of a New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) course on February 16 entitled “Estate Planning Practice in New Jersey – New Attorney Day”.  The panel will focus on the aspects of estate planning that all attorneys should consider when dealing with clients. Mr. Stein will be speaking on  the initial client interview and lifetime estate planning. For more information and to register, please click here.

EPA Amends Standards for Stationary Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines

Author: William F. Harrison, Esq. and Erin K. Phalon, Esq.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued final amendments to the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) for stationary Reciprocating Internal Combustion Engines (RICE). The regulation applies to owners and operators of existing and new stationary RICE at major and area sources of hazardous air pollutant emissions. The rules will impact stationary engines that generate electricity and power equipment at industrial, agricultural, oil and gas production and power generation facilities. EPA states that the rulemaking will reduce emissions of pollutants including hazardous air pollutants (HAP), carbon monoxide, particulate matter, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds.

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For the full text of the amended rule, which appeared in the January 30, 2013 Federal Register, please click here.

Laufer to Address League of Women Voters in Rye, NY

Partner Laurence D. Laufer will be speaking on a panel on “Money and Politics” for an Issues Forum presented by the Rye, Rye Brook and Portchester League of Women Voters on Tuesday, February 5th. He will join attorney and lobbyist Jeffrey Binder; New York State Senator George Lattimer and Republican political campaign media and communication strategist Bill O’Reilly in examining the US Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in Citizen’s United . What have been the effects of this decision? Have they been beneficial or detrimental to our country? Should one candidate have the ability to spend more than another? Can, or should, spending be limited within the meaning of the constitutional guarantee of free speech? Should the public fund campaigns in order to equalize spending?

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