School Boards Must Have A Social Media Policy By August 22, 2014

On April 24, 2014 Governor Christie signed the legislation, S-441, which requires local school boards to have policies governing the use of social media communication between school employees and students. At a minimum, the policy must include provisions governing communication between school employees and students via email, cell phones, social networking websites and other Internet-based … Continue reading “School Boards Must Have A Social Media Policy By August 22, 2014”

Are Funds In An Inherited Ira Protected In Bankruptcy? The Answer Was A Unanimous, “no.”

On June 12, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a key question that has lingered for nearly a decade: Are funds in an inherited IRA protected in bankruptcy? The answer was a unanimous, “No.” One of the most important, and commonly used, exemptions from the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 is … Continue reading “Are Funds In An Inherited Ira Protected In Bankruptcy? The Answer Was A Unanimous, “no.””

Cms Issue Final Rules Affecting Medical Staff Membership, Hospital Governing Bodies, And Hospital Outpatient Orders

On May 7, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that brings important revisions and clarifications to the Conditions of Participation (CoP) affecting hospitals and other healthcare providers. Some of the most important changes, which will take effect July 11, 2014, are highlighted below. It is expected that the … Continue reading “Cms Issue Final Rules Affecting Medical Staff Membership, Hospital Governing Bodies, And Hospital Outpatient Orders”

Faulty Workmanship Versus Defective Products In Construction Cases; Are They Covered By Insurance?

On December 3, 2013, a Pennsylvania Appellate Court revisited insurance coverage claims under Pennsylvania Law and determined that there could be an insurance covered “occurrence” in the construction setting perhaps loosening the previous case law precluding such coverage. In Indalex v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, a Pennsylvania Appellate Court limited the faulty … Continue reading “Faulty Workmanship Versus Defective Products In Construction Cases; Are They Covered By Insurance?”

The Fast Food And Self-service Industry: The Mode Of Operation Doctrine

On March 3, 2014, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court ruled that the “mode of operation” rule does not automatically apply to every accident occurring in a fast food or self-service business. In a two to one decision, the Court overturned the plaintiff’s verdict in Prioleau v Kentucky Fried Chicken, Inc. et … Continue reading “The Fast Food And Self-service Industry: The Mode Of Operation Doctrine”

Compimentary Breakfast Seminar The Changing Landscape Of Health Care Reform: What You Need To Know To Avoid Penalties And Create Cost-efficient, Compliant Benefit Strategies

Recent changes to the Affordable Care Act have triggered a wave of uncertainty about the efficacy of the law — and have given employers some wiggle room to plan accordingly. Taking time to thoughtfully understand the updated provisions will enable you to properly assess your existing benefits program, review potential options and strategies and make … Continue reading “Compimentary Breakfast Seminar The Changing Landscape Of Health Care Reform: What You Need To Know To Avoid Penalties And Create Cost-efficient, Compliant Benefit Strategies”

Join Us As We Congratulate Our Partner Russell L. Lichtenstein Named Super Lawyer 10 Years In A Row

2014 marks the 10th consecutive year that our partner, Russell L. Lichtenstein, Esq., has been selected to the New Jersey Super Lawyer list. Russell, Chairman of the firm’s Employment & Labor and Casino Defense Litigation practice groups, has also earned the distinction of being recognized by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Civil … Continue reading “Join Us As We Congratulate Our Partner Russell L. Lichtenstein Named Super Lawyer 10 Years In A Row”

Eight Cooper Levenson Attorneys Named As New Jersey Super Lawyers Or Rising Stars

Four Cooper Levenson partners – Lewis B. April, Randolph C. Lafferty, Russell L. Lichtenstein and Jill T. Ojserkis – were named to the 2014 New Jersey Super Lawyers list, a designation awarded to just 5 percent of the lawyers in New Jersey. The 2014 Rising Star list also includes four Cooper Levenson attorneys – Michael … Continue reading “Eight Cooper Levenson Attorneys Named As New Jersey Super Lawyers Or Rising Stars”

Accessibility V. Accessories: Distinguishing Between Service Animals And Pets

New Jersey’s Law Against Discrimination and the Americans With Disabilities Act both permit the use of service dogs anywhere an individual with a disability is permitted. Beyond the familiar harnessed seeing eye dog, these animals can be trained to pull a wheelchair, retrieve dropped items, alert of an impending seizure or calm a person with … Continue reading “Accessibility V. Accessories: Distinguishing Between Service Animals And Pets”