Managing Partner Brian Kronick Quoted in AP Story on Paid Sick Time

Remarks by the firm’s Managing Partner Brian W. Kronick were included in a national press story by the Associated Press on the effects of new paid sick leave laws entitled “So What? Small Business Unfazed by Paid Sick Time.” The article noted that preliminary research shows the paid sick time laws like those recently enacted in cities like New York and Jersey City have little, if any, downside for profits. Mr. Kronick discussed the challenge of calculating accruals for workers at the firms’ various offices who might work in different municipalities with differing laws. The story was picked up by media outlets across the country from Philadelphia to Seattle

 

“The (A)ffective Assistance of Counsel: Leading with Integrity in Challenging Times:” CLE at Seton Hall Law with Firm Ethics Counsel Joseph Bottitta

Firm Ethics Counsel Joseph A. Bottitta will join Professor Paula Franzese, the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall University School of Law, on April 3, 2014 beginning at 5pm at Seton Hall Law School for a CLE entitled “The (A)ffective Assistance of Counsel: Leading with Integrity in Challenging Times.” The course will discuss Attorney Professionalism in Challenging Times, The Five Practices of an Ethical Lawyer, and Ethics Reforms for the Legal Profession/The Majesty and Promise of the Law.

Click here  for full CLE credit information and to register.

 

Kathleen Barnett Einhorn and Dina Mastellone Support NJWLA’s 7th Annual Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law Gala

A record breaking audience of approximately 650 accomplished attorneys and elite leaders of the bench and bar of New Jersey attended the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association’s sold out 7th Annual Women’s Initiative and Leaders in Law (WILL) Platinum Gala this week; the event was Co-Chaired by firm Partner and NJWLA Board member Kathleen Barnett Einhorn. Counsel Dina M. Mastellone, also a NJWLA Board member, acted as the event’s Co-Chair for Judicial Outreach. The NJWLA is an independent association of over one thousand attorneys, law students and judges in New Jersey; its mission is to retain women in the legal profession through education and activism; promote its members to the highest levels of law firm, government, academic, community and corporate positions; and endorse qualified female attorneys for appointments to the state and federal judiciary.

 

 

Laurence Laufer in City & State Article on the NYC CFB as a Model for Statewide Campaign Finance Reform

Partner Laurence D. Laufer, Director of the firms’ Corporate Political Activity Law and Non-Profit & Tax Exempt Organizations Practice Groups, is quoted twice in an extensive analysis by City & State of the role of the Campaign Finance Board in New York City

Reporter Nick Powell writes, “Many reformers would like to see a statewide system based on the one New York City has with the Campaign Finance Board, although campaign finance experts and advocates are decidedly split on whether the CFB model can be expanded on a macro level.” Mr. Laufer comments, “It’s so much more complicated on the state level, because you have competitive primaries and generals, you have two viable political parties, a two-year election cycle, 213 [legislative] seats as opposed to 59 … The smart thing to do is to create a core program, administer it and work the bugs out, but no one’s talking in ‘phase-in terms,’ which is the obvious compromise.”

Before joining the firm, from 1988 to 2000, Mr. Laufer served as Counsel to the Executive Director and as General Counsel of the New York City Campaign Finance Board.

 

Counsel Rajiv Parikh, Panelist on “Why Every Vote Matters – The Legal Basis for and Implications of Your Right to Vote”

On Thursday, March 27, starting at 5:30 PM, firm Counsel Rajiv Parikh will join a distinguished panel at Essex County’s Veterans Courthouse discussing the subject, “Why Every Vote Matters- The Legal Basis and Implications for Your Right to Vote.” Other participants include County Clerk Christopher Durkin; Debra Dadic, Civil Division Manager, Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage; Michelle Bobrow, Board of Directors, League of Women Voters of Maplewood-South Orange; and Thomas Puryear, President, NAACP: Oranges & Maplewood. This voter education program is being held by the Essex Vicinage, in partnership with the Essex County Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, and the Essex County Clerk’s Office.

Against the backdrop of the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, this program will explore the history and evolution of voting rights, current limits on the right to vote, exercising and safeguarding that right, and the process for election challenges.

This program is open to attorneys, members of the public, Judiciary staff, and university and law students. The fee for attorney attendees, who will receive CLE credit through the Essex County Bar Association, is $15. The program is free for non-attorney attendees.

Registration for this program is required. Visit www.essexbar.com to register

Ten Firm Attorneys Named to 2014 New Jersey Super Lawyers, and 13 Named as Rising Stars; Angelo Genova and Kathleen Barnett Einhorn Receive Special Recognitions

The following Genova Burns attorneys were named to the 2014 Super Lawyers New Jersey list: Angelo J. Genova, Marc Z. Edell, Kathleen Barnett Einhorn, Francis J. Giantomasi, Brian W. Kronick, James J. McGovern III, Patrick W. McGovern,  John C. Petrella, Judson Stein and  Harvey Weissbard.

The following were named “Rising Stars:” Nicholas J. Repici , Eileen Fitzgerald Addison, Peter F. Berk, Kathryn E. Dugan, Rebecca Fink, Harris Freier, Gemma M. Giantomasi, Joseph M. Hannon , Matthew Kertz, Erica B. Lowenthal, Charles J. Messina , Rajiv Parikh, and Gina M. Schneider.

Angelo Genova was named in the 2014 New Jersey Super Lawyers overall list of Top 10 Lawyers, and also received distinction for having being included consistently for the past 10 years. Partner Kathleen Barnett Einhorn was named to the list of Top 50 Women Lawyers. These “Best of the Best” lists were compiled from names of lawyers who received the highest point totals in the New Jersey nomination, research and blue ribbon review process.

 

Social Media Policies for Summer Camps : Article by Brett Pugach

Brett Pugach, an Associate in the firm’s Labor Law Practice Group, has published an article in the trade magazine Camp Business. Entitled “Facebook Friends,” the piece outlines the importance of social media for camps for the purposes of fundraising and recruiting, in addition to the potential liabilities associated with social media in the forms of cyberbullying and inappropriate photos or comments. Mr. Pugach advises that each camp should develop a rational social media policy which fits its individual character and needs, balancing the important rewards of social media with the legal and practical risks. The full article may be found on pages 70-73 at this link (Article courtesy of Camp Business magazine).

 

 

Counsel Dina M. Mastellone to be a Panelist at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Atlantic City

Counsel Dina M. Mastellone will be a panelist at the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting being held in Atlantic City at the Borgata Hotel and Spa from May 14 – May 16, 2014.  Ms. Mastellone’s panel, “Did They Just Ask Me That? Employment Empowerment,” co-sponsored by the Lawyers in Transition Committee, Labor and Employment Law Section, Women in the Profession Section, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Rights Law Section and Young Lawyers Division, will provide empowering information for the first time job seeker, the experienced attorney seeking a change, and anyone seeking a satisfying employment experience. The program will detail the Fair Labor Standards Act and will feature experiences of NJSBA members with commentary from experienced employment attorneys and human resource professionals. The program will provide employees and employers alike with up to date guidance on what to expect when being hired and how to provide a professional, satisfying and compliant experience for employees. The program also will offer CLE credits to attendees. Ms. Mastellone is the Secretary and Vice Chair Elect for the Women in the Profession Section and is on the Executive Committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. For information on the NJSBA’s Annual Meeting, please visit www.njsba.com.

 

Brian Kronick Comments in Bergen Record on Case of Municipal Employee with Multiple Jobs

The firm’s Managing Partner Brian W. Kronick, who is also a member of the firm’s Labor Law Practice Group and who serves as labor counsel to the New Jersey League of Municipalities, was quoted in the Bergen Record on March 13, in an article about the full time employee of the Bergen County Executive who is also employed by several other municipalities. Mr. Kronick said, “Government entities should have policies that document the work arrangement and a monitoring mechanism, like a time sheet, to make sure the employee is doing what he is supposed to be doing and putting in the required hours… At the end of day, is the work that’s asked to be done getting done, and is there a supervisor and a monitoring of it?”

 

Newark Passes Paid Sick Time Ordinance

By: Patrick W. McGovern, Esq. and Rebecca Fink, Esq.

Beginning on May 29, 2014, all private sector employers must provide paid sick time to their employees who work in Newark, including part-time and temporary employees who work at least 80 hours in a calendar year, subject to the few exceptions described below. The following summarizes the answers to the most commonly asked questions we have received regarding the Ordinance.

How Much Sick Time Must I Provide To My Employees under the Ordinance?

Employers with 10 or more employees working in Newark must provide up to 40 hours of paid sick time each year to each Newark employee, including a part-time and temporary employee who works at least 80 hours in a year. Employers with fewer than 10 employees working in Newark must provide up to 24 hours of paid sick time to a Newark employee, including a part-time or temporary employee who works at least 80 hours in a year.

Persons employed as child care workers, home health care workers or food service workers can accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick time in a calendar year, regardless of how many employees the employer has in Newark.

At What Rate Does An Employee Accrue Sick Time?

Under the Ordinance, an employee accrues one hour of sick time for every 30 hours worked beginning on the first day of employment. However, an employee may not use sick time until after completing 90 days of employment. Beginning on the 91st day of employment, an employee may use only the sick time he or she has accrued; however an employer has the discretion to allow employees to use sick time prior to accrual.

When Can My Employees Start Using Accrued Sick Time?

An employee who works in Newark and has already worked for the employer for at least 90 days begins to accrue sick time on May 29, 2014. Upon an employee’s request, an employee may use accrued sick time for one of the following events: the employee’s health care, the care of a family member who either has a health condition, requires a diagnosis or preventive care for an illness, or is jeopardizing the health of others as a result of exposure to a communicable disease, the closure of the employee’s place of business due to a public health emergency, or the care of  the employee’s child whose school or place of care is closed due to a public health emergency.

Full article: Newark Passes Paid Sick Time Ordinance

How Can I Make Sure That I Am In Compliance?

The attorneys at Genova Burns are available to assist employers in their compliance efforts, including reviewing and revising current policies providing for paid sick leave to ensure that they satisfy Newark’s requirements and employers are not committing to more paid sick time than is legally required. For more information on the new Ordinance, or for information on paid sick time laws in other jurisdictions, please contact Patrick W. McGovern, pmcgovern@nullgenovaburns.com, or Rebecca Fink, rfink@nullgenovaburns.com, in the firm’s Labor Group.

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