Firm Counsel Jennifer Roselle and Brigette N. Eagan presented a program entitled “Leaves of Absence in New Jersey – A Look at the FMLA, FLA, and ADA” for a sold out crowd yesterday at a New Jersey State League of Municipalities Professional Development Seminar. The presentation addressed how to manage employee “leaves” in New Jersey in order to help attendees understand and administer the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the New Jersey Family Leave Act, New Jersey Family Leave Insurance, New Jersey Temporary Disability Insurance and New Jersey Workers Compensation Act.
Counsel Keith A. Krauss will participate as a panelist for the New Jersey City University School of Business’ Institute for Dispute Resolution this afternoon in a program entitled “Redefining Risk for Family Businesses: Global Growth in the 21st Century”. Mr. Krauss will join esteemed panelists, Professor/Mediator David Weiss, Esq., Founder & Director of The Institute for Dispute Resolution (IDR) at New Jersey City University, Anja von Rosenstiel, Elder Law Mediator and Co-Editor of Perspektive Mediation Journal and Jennifer Brandt, Esq., Founder Brandt Law & Mediation for a discussion moderated by Honorable Barbara Byrd Wecker, (Retired Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division) on dispute resolution – mediation vs. litigation, conflict within and between family members (intergenerational, gender, cross cultural), dispute resolution mechanisms, family councils and constitutions, decision-making.
Opening remarks will be made by the Honorable Steven Fulop, Mayor of Jersey City; Dr. Sue Henderson, President of NJCU and Michele Brown of Choose New Jersey, and will conclude with remarks from Senator Sandra Cunningham and a keynote discussion with Senator Thomas Kean.
On March 1, 2017, Genova Burns LLC secured an important victory for its important and long-standing client Monmouth Ocean Hospital Services Corporation (“MONOC”) before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in a hard fought four-year relatively rare type of traditional labor litigation against the Professional Emergency Medical Services Association of New Jersey, IAFF Local 4610, PFANJ, AFL-CIO (”PEMSA”). MONOC is a non-profit company comprised of fifteen acute care hospitals throughout New Jersey. Together this shared services consortium acts as a healthcare co-operative for these acute care hospitals and the over 2.8 million residents that they serve living in more than 1,800 square miles along New Jersey’s northern, central and southern shore. The Third Circuit’s recent decision affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of PEMSA’s claims and grant of summary judgment to MONOC, which resulted in a complete and total victory for MONOC in this litigation. The Genova Burns LLC team was led by Partner John R. Vreeland, Esq. of the Labor Law Practice Group and Chair of the Transportation, Trucking & Logistics Law Practice Group, and Partner Harris S. Freier, Esq. of the Employment Law and Appellate Practice Groups. This marked Mr. Freier’s second Third Circuit victory for the 2017 year. Mr. Vreeland and Mr. Freier work closely on various matters in the transportation, trucking , security, facility management, and hospitality industries. Associate David A. Tango, Esq. who specializes in federal court litigation and is a member of the Labor Law practice group, was the lead associate on the case. This case concerned claims by PEMSA under Section 301 Labor Management Relations Act (“Section 301”) alleging that MONOC improperly disciplined a number of employees in violation of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement. The collective bargaining agreement, of which Mr. Vreeland was the lead negotiator for MONOC, is unique in that it does not contain a binding grievance arbitration provision, which lead to these claims being litigated in federal court under Section 301. This is an important victory for MONOC as it affirms MONOC’s clear and unambiguous discretion in imposing discipline under the collective bargaining agreement, including the discretion to make just cause determinations.
Counsel Joseph M. Hannon will present a panel discussion on building effective Labor/Management Relations from a Legal Perspective at the upcoming New Jersey Career Fire Chief’s Association(NJCFCA) 2017 Leadership Seminar on March 7th. Presenting with Mr. Hannon, who has extensive experience handling arbitrations on behalf of management, both in the public and private sector, will be Craig S. Gumpel, Esq. who represents the New Jersey State FMBA and specializes in Labor & Employment Law.
Partner Jennifer Mazawey is featured on an episode of The Stoler Report entitled “Newark: A Place to Live, Work, Shop, Visit & Get Educated” airing on CUNY TV today, February 21st. Ms. Mazawey joined her esteemed panelists Mayor Ras Baraka (Mayor, Newark, New Jersey Government), Ben Korman (Founder & CEO, Lotus Equity Group LLC) and Marc Berson (Chairman, The Fidelco Group), for a discussion on Newark’s transportation, infrastructure, The Art Center, medical services, education and more.
The Stoler Report, Real Estate Trends in the Tri-State Region, New York’s only television broadcast featuring real estate and business leaders, began its first season on television and on CUNY TV in September, 2003 Hosted by Michael R. Stoler, the weekly program features lively round-table discussions of topical issues in the world of real estate.
Partner Rebecca Moll Freed will present a webinar entitled “Corporate Political Activity Compliance – Effectiveness, Ethics, and The Law” for Clear Law Institute happening now at 1 pm. Ms. Freed is discussing how to manage corporate political activity in an ethical and effective manner and determine the best compliance approach for your company. Among other things, participants will learn:
How to know if your company complies with campaign finance and pay-to-play laws
Which campaign finance and pay-to-play laws apply to your company
Common HR pitfalls that often get companies in trouble
The role of accountants and in-house attorneys in ensuring political activity compliance
How to implement an ethical and effective political activity compliance policy
How to make political activity compliance a key aspect of your Code of Conduct
Partner Jennifer Mazawey will moderate the opening Panel on New Jersey’s Live/Work/Play Dynamic for Bisnow’s New Jersey State of the Market which will take place on February 14 in Jersey City. This is Bisnow’s biggest New Jersey event of the year with discussion focused on the future of New Jersey’s retail centers, office complexes, and residential hotspots and panelists forecasting:
Which NJ submarket will explode next?
How are retail centers adapting to E-Commerce and a movement from traditional malls?
Who will be the next major tenant to move to the Garden State?
For more information and to register, please click here.
On January 27, 2017 President Trump signed an Executive Order barring entry into the U.S. for the next 90 days by aliens from seven countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen — including persons holding immigrant and non-immigrant visas issued by the U.S. Entry by refugees attempting relocation is suspended for the next 120 days and entry by all Syrian refugees is suspended until further notice. Beginning in late May 2017 the State Department may allow entry into the U.S. of nationals of countries that State, Homeland Security and the Director of National Intelligence jointly determine pose no danger to the U.S. The Order makes special provisions for entry by members of religious minorities from these countries. This provision is especially controversial since it prioritizes the processing of refugee claims based on the refugee’s religion. U.S. citizens — whether natural-born or naturalized — are unaffected by the Order.
Immediately the ACLU filed an emergency application in federal court in Brooklyn on behalf of two Iraqi individuals detained at JFK Airport based on the new Executive Order. On January 28 U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly granted the ACLU’s emergency request and entered a Stay barring deportation of individuals with refugee applications, holders of valid U.S. visas and other individuals from the seven named countries who are legally authorized to enter the U.S., pending a full hearing. Judge Donnelly concluded that imminent danger faced these individuals if sent back to their countries of origin. Judge Donnelly’s Order affects only travelers who arrived in the U.S. after Trump signed the Order and these individuals may remain in detention while the Stay is in effect.