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Diversity & Inclusion at Work

Anti-harassment and anti-discrimination laws guide employers on the minimum legal standards that they must follow in the workplace. In 2017, culturally competent employers should want more than the legal minimum. They must aim to create, and to cultivate, a diverse and inclusive workplace. In 2017, it is not just a question of SHOULD we have...
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Puerto Rico Municipal Bonds: Investor Risk or Compensable Broker Malfeasance?

As widely reported for the Puerto Rico municipal bond crisis, the Island of Puerto Rico has indicated that it will file for bankruptcy protection. The initial attraction of municipal bonds to investors is the tax-free income. States that issue bonds also exempt their bonds from state income tax for residents of their state (unless otherwise stated)....
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Crossing the Line: When Does Competition in Business Become “Unfair”?

In the business arena it is readily understood that open competition is healthy where it is unrestricted and subject to free rein. It is theoretically anticipated to stimulate macro and micro-economic growth.  Competition in a laissez-faire marketplace is expected to increase supply and lower price points, consequently affording consumers and purchasers with option variety for...
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When The Marriage is Over: Disassociation and Expulsion of a Member From a Limited Liability Company

Business “partnerships,” like marriages, always begin with dreams of a long, happy life together. Unfortunately, they too often end in acrimony, in-fighting and ultimately dissolution. In the business context, specific to closely held entities and smaller limited liability companies, New Jersey law provides for resolution of such disputes without ringing a death knell for the...
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Smoking Cessation Programs and Other Unusual Tax Deductions

10 Tax Items That Often Get Overlooked Blake R. Laurence, a partner in the firm’s Tax and Estate Planning department, uncovers some tax deductions you might not have considered before. The tax code is filled with various nuances that allow a taxpayer certain deductions. However, they are not well publicized and many people miss those deductions...
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New Decision: Failure to Pay Arbitration Fees Voids Arbitration Agreement

On March 9, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision holding that the failure to advance arbitration fees, as required in an arbitration agreement, voids the arbitration agreement and renders it unenforceable. The case Roach and Jackson v. BM Motoring, LLC at al. is the first time the Supreme Court has taken...
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The Wisdom of Internal Insurance Reviews for Your Business

Most people make the effort to schedule or conduct regular “audits” of aspects of their life whether it be personal finances, physical fitness, estate planning or otherwise. That discipline should also be adopted for an individual’s insurance needs. All too often people, whether in their personal life or for their business or company, obtain insurance...
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Ha Ha Ha Harassment During the Holiday Party Season

Is your company hosting a holiday Party? Be prepared! There are numerous issues and liabilities that your company, management and employees can be subject to, including harassment and negligence claims. Here is a list of Best Practices to help you avoid liability during this season of merriment! [clear] 1. Make sure that your policies, including your anti-harassment...
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