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What Alternatives Do Business Clients Have to “Hourly Rate” Billing for Legal Fees?

Law firms operate in an aggressive marketplace, just like all other companies and professionals. However, lawyers understand business clients are continually challenged to manage their legal fees and costs. While acknowledging that legal costs, for litigation or otherwise, can be viewed as a necessary “cost of doing business,” it is an expense that companies constantly...
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Making Performance Reviews Beneficial

I like to think of performance reviews or evaluations as an employee's "report card" at work. Performance reviews are important tools, that if executed properly, can be beneficial to the employee, their manager, the Human Resources (HR) department and of course, the organization as a whole. Performance reviews are generally written by the employee's direct...
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New Jersey Continues to Chip Away at Mandatory Arbitration Provisions

What Employers Must Consider When Drafting Agreements On August 11, 2017, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court decided Dugan v. Best Buy Company Incorporated. In that case, as in a series of recent cases, the Appellate Division struck down an arbitration policy instituted by the Defendant to be used by its employees. In...
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NJ Supreme Court Addresses Application of Open Public Records Act to Electronically Stored Information

Decision Allows for Easier Access to Data Earlier this week, the New Jersey Supreme Court issued a decision which will require public agencies, including municipalities, throughout New Jersey to respond to requests for, and potentially to compile lists or reports containing, electronic information stored by the public agency.  On June 20, 2017, the New Jersey Supreme...
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Supreme Court Rules on ‘Forum Shopping’ for Jurisdictions

Court Continues Trend of Restricting Venues Available to Plaintiffs On June 19, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) v. Superior Court of California San, Francisco County, et al. The Court’s decision in BMS represents another in a string of decisions limiting the concepts of general and specific jurisdiction...
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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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