Social Media: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

William S. Donio presents Social Media – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. This learning session focuses on the legal implications of the use and misuse of social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Both staff and student rights are discussed as well as procedures for disciplining when social media is used inappropriately. Donio … Continue reading “Social Media: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”

Rick Walker Presentation: Thinking Outside the Solar Energy Box

Richard H. Walker, Jr. presented Thinking Outside the Solar Energy Box – Sustainable Energy Planning for your District. This seminar highlights ways for school districts to address the high costs of energy today that go beyond solar power. New Jersey offers several energy programs for school districts to consider and this session clarifies those options. … Continue reading “Rick Walker Presentation: Thinking Outside the Solar Energy Box”

Federal Gift Tax Exemption

The next two months may provide a unique opportunity for estate planning. The federal gift tax exemption had never exceeded $1 million until 2011. Currently, every individual is entitled to a $5.12 million gift tax exemption. A federal estate and gift tax rate of 35% is imposed on an estate exceeding $5.12 million. On January … Continue reading “Federal Gift Tax Exemption”

School Ethics Commission Narrows Scope Of Participation In Superintendent Search

The School Ethics Commission (SEC) recently determined that a board member who has an immediate family member or a relative employed in the district may not participate in the search, selection and/or vote for a new Superintendent or Chief School Administrator irrespective of whether there is an in-house candidate being considered for the position. In … Continue reading “School Ethics Commission Narrows Scope Of Participation In Superintendent Search”

Federal Gift Tax Exemption

The next four months may provide a unique opportunity for estate planning. The federal gift tax exemption had never exceeded $1 million until 2011. Currently, every individual is entitled to a $5.12 million gift tax exemption. A federal estate and gift tax rate of 35% is imposed on an estate exceeding $5.12 million. On January … Continue reading “Federal Gift Tax Exemption”

Please Join Us Friday Oct. 19, 2012 Breakfast Seminar

An Atlantic/Cape May Chapter of the NJSCPA Education FoundationEvent Presented ByThe Tax & Business Practice Group of Cooper Levenson Attorneys at Law This program will cover the following: Income, Estate and Gift Tax changes scheduled to take place on January 1, 2013. Income, Estate and Gift Tax Planning issues, including year end income tax planning, … Continue reading “Please Join Us Friday Oct. 19, 2012 Breakfast Seminar”

Governor Christie Signs New Tenure Law

On August 6, 2012, Governor Christie signed into law the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHNJ) Act. The intent of the new legislation, which takes effect in the 2012-2013 school year with the exception of one provision that takes effect immediately, is to raise student achievement and improve the quality … Continue reading “Governor Christie Signs New Tenure Law”

Commercial And Business Loan Availability

Given the commercial loan rates available at this time, it is worthwhile for everyone to take the time to review the terms of your commercial loan obligations. Commercial interest rates are now available to creditworthy borrowers at 3.8% to 4.75%, either fixed or variable, for terms of five to ten years. Most commercial banks are … Continue reading “Commercial And Business Loan Availability”

Social Media Policy

Implementing and enforcing social media policies has been a top priority for many employers within recent years, and with good reason. It is now crucial that employers take a careful look at their own social media policies. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued opinion memoranda which equate “comments” and “likes” on Facebook and … Continue reading “Social Media Policy”

Court Addresses Recoverability Of Medical Expenses Not Covered By Minimal Pip Policy

In the Law Division case of Wise v. Marienski, L-2741-09 a Union County New Jersey superior court judge was presented with the question of whether plaintiffs injured in a motor vehicle accident could recover as damages unpaid medical expenses which exceeded their minimal PIP policy, or whether their election of minimal limits barred them from … Continue reading “Court Addresses Recoverability Of Medical Expenses Not Covered By Minimal Pip Policy”