The New Jersey Pension/Health Benefits Reform and its Impact on Public Employers

Publication: GB LAW

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The New Jersey Legislature recently passed a series of bills, collectively known as the “Pension/Health Benefits Reform Legislation,” which will significantly impact public employers and employees alike.  The Pension/Health Benefits Reform Legislation was introduced to address the rising cost of taxpayer funded pension and healthcare benefit costs.  Our firm’s labor attorneys have reviewed the legislation and have prepared this summary to keep our clients and colleagues informed of the new developments. Please take note that these changes will take affect on or about May 21, 2010.

Game Changer: Citizens United Alters the Constitutional and Regulatory Landscape

Publication: GB LAW

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On January 21, 2010, in Citizens United vs. FEC, the U.S. Supreme Court changed the Constitutional landscape for campaign finance reform. In a 5-4 decision, the Court overruled two prior decisions in holding unconstitutional under the First Amendment the 63-year-old Taft-Hartley prohibition on independent express advocacy expenditures by corporations in federal elections and the 2002 McCain-Feingold prohibition against broadcast electioneering communications by…

Social Media: Legal Risks and Practical Remedies

Publication: GB LAW

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Whether your employees are blogging reviews on Google, posting endorsement videos on YouTube, getting your company on wiki sites, or branding your company on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, social media is clearly the wave of the future.  Online media and marketing tools provide a variety of benefits to organizations including collecting industry-based knowledge, widespread sales and branding capabilities, and accessing boundless platforms to publicize a company’s name and reputation.  However, these benefits come with their fair share of legal risks.  A comprehensive social media policy…

Pending Senate Bill Would Mandate Hospitals’ Adoption and Public Disclosure of Conflict of Interest Policy

Publication: GB LAW

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On February 4, 2010, the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee approved Senate Bill No. 369, sponsored by Senators Loretta Weinberg and Robert Gordon, which, if passed, would require all general hospital boards of trustees to adopt written policies and procedures governing conflicts of interest on the part of board members as a condition of hospital licensure.  According to its sponsors, the bill is intended to implement a recommendation of the January 24, 2008 Final Report by the New Jersey Commission on Rationalizing Healthcare (“Commission”) that hospitals adopt stronger measures to foster transparency, which the Commission found to be essential to a hospital’s successful governance and service to the community.

Is It Time to Appeal Your Property Tax Assessment and Start Saving Money?

Publication: GB LAW

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If you are like most property owners, one of the biggest complaints you have with regard to your property is that your property taxes are too high.  This is why it is of vital importance that you review the assessment of your property each and every year to ensure that you are not paying more taxes than you should be.

Patrick McGovern and Kristina Chubenko Discuss GINA’s New Prohibitions on Misuse of Genetic Information

Author:  Patrick W. McGovern and Kristina Chubenko

Publication: HR Specialist

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Patrick McGovern and Kristina Chubenko discuss GINA’s new prohibitions on misuse of genetic information for group health care insurers and what employers should be doing to comply with the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act in their article, “Understand GINA’s new prohibitions on misuse of genetic info” published in the February 2010 issue of HR Specialist.

This article was reprinted with permission from HR Specialist.

Laurence D. Laufer Discusses Pay-to-Play for Labor Unions

Author: Laurence D. Laufer

Publication: Corporate Political Activity Law Blog

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Governor Christie’s Executive Order No. 7 modifies prior executive orders (implicitly Executive Orders 117 and 118 signed by Governor Corzine in 2008) by amending the term “business entity” to include labor unions and labor organizations, and political committees formed by such organizations. The Governor explained that EO 7 would bring unions within the “pay-to-play” regulatory regime in order “to level the playing field.”

Proposed Public Campaign Financing for Federal Elections

Publication: GBV LAW

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We have frequently highlighted “pay-to-play” restrictions on political giving that have been adopted by states and localities over the past several years. Often one hears contributors suggest that adoption of a generous public financing program would be a welcome relief, reducing the pressure on contributors to respond to funding appeals and perhaps even eliminating the need for restricting government contracting opportunities for large campaign contributors.

Recession and Diminished Asset Values Offer Opportunities for Family Limited Liability Companies and Family Limited Partnerships

Publication: GBV LAW

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Family Limited Liability Companies (FLLCs) and Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs), have long been considered a method to protect and manage a family’s assets more effectively.  However, in addition to those benefits, an FLLC or FLP offers several tax advantages, some of which are actually enhanced in the current economy while real estate and other personal property are at their lowest values in years.

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