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Changes to Federal Overtime Rules are Still Taking Shape

Changes to Federal Overtime Rules are Still Taking Shape

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) had finalized a proposed rule for refreshing the existing federal overtime rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The proposed changes that were set to go into effect in December of 2016, however, were challenged and then stalled in court. With the new presidential administration, the DOL has scrapped…(read more)

When HIPAA Inhibits

When HIPAA Inhibits

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) was enacted to protect our personal rights to health information privacy. Only you or a designated recipient is authorized to obtain your health records. HIPAA enacts important privacy measures that matter, but it can also throw out roadblocks for court-appointed Guardians and designated Agents of…(read more)

Criminal History and Hiring Decisions

Criminal History and Hiring Decisions

Your employees are the backbone of your business, and the strength of your team is elemental to the success of your company. Finding the right employees, as every employer knows, is one of the most complicated aspects of running a business. The issue of using job applicants’ criminal histories in making hiring decisions has been…(read more)

Clearing Up Contract Confusion

Clearing Up Contract Confusion

Contracts instill trepidation in the hearts of many. They are notorious for being confusing, poorly or oddly worded, and seemingly unknowable. Never fear! Experienced legal counsel can clarify a contract’s terms and conditions, point out ambiguities and issues, and effectively guide you through the process of accepting, declining, or addressing a contract. Contracts are confusing;…(read more)

Who’s the Boss? You Are!

Who’s the Boss? You Are!

When it comes to the American dream, entrepreneurship tops the list. Starting a successful small business, however, is far from a straight-forward process. America has 28 million small businesses (of under 500 employees), and most of these are run by individuals who employ no additional employees. People go into business for themselves for a variety…(read more)

What Is a Quiet Title Action

What Is a Quiet Title Action?

A quiet title action can arise when real estate ownership is in dispute. Such actions can spring from survey description errors. Pre-twentieth century deeds were usually handwritten and they typically implemented a narrative description of the property in question. Such descriptions tend to be more like stories than like modern descriptions. For example, a deed…(read more)

Estate Planning – Important Documents to Have Handy

Estate Planning – Important Documents to Have Handy

As you age, you want to make sure that your estate and finances are well organized and accessible for your family and loved ones. The process can be daunting, but there are things that you can do to get your important documentation organized and to aid your estate planning. Bringing this documentation together in one…(read more)

Understanding Anti-Poaching Agreements

Understanding Anti-Poaching Agreements

There are antitrust laws on both the federal and New Jersey state levels that prohibit companies from engaging in behaviors or agreements that restrain the flow of commerce. These laws encourage competition within specific industries to help keep competitive wages and pricing. Companies who collude to engage in anti-competitive practices may be in violation of…(read more)

The Ins and Outs of Commercial Lease Negotiation

The Ins and Outs of Commercial Lease Negotiation

When a business receives a contract to sign, owners should always carefully review the terms of the contract and engage in negotiations until the terms are fair and favorable. However, too many business owners fail to do the same when it comes time to sign a commercial lease. Commercial leases are legally binding like any…(read more)

The Importance of having a Back-Up Plan

The Importance of having a Back-Up Plan

Some people believe they have taken adequate steps toward planning for the future and only realize that they should have had a back-up plan when it is too late. One 90-year-old man in New Jersey has learned this the hard way after his long-term care insurance policy was canceled and the company is refusing to…(read more)