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By Andrew W. Li on January 17, 2018

On his last full day in office, Governor Christie signed a number of bills into law, including A-493.  With a final swipe of the outgoing governor’s pen, this Act makes official New Jersey’s public policy of banning the use of “smokeless tobacco,” a term which includes “snuff, chewing tobacco, or any other matter or substance which contains tobacco,” in public schools. 

By Kevin D. Sheehan, Jeffrey D. Winitsky on January 16, 2018

On January 15, 2018, Governor Chris Christie signed into law certain amendments (2016-17 S3305) to the Grow New Jersey Assistance Act ("GrowNJ") and the New Jersey Corporate Business Tax Act that should have a positive impact for participants in the GrowNJ program. 

By Irving G. Finkel on January 16, 2018

Pub. L. 115-97, informally known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") was recently signed into law. The Act makes numerous far-reaching changes to the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (as amended, the “Code”). The changes affecting individuals are generally effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017 and before January 1, 2026.

By Andrew W. Li on January 10, 2018

Now that the excitement of the New Year, with the tumult of annual organization meetings and new members taking office, has passed, a Board’s attention should turn to the more prosaic and procedural aspects of public life.

All school officials – which includes Board members -- are required by New Jersey School Ethics Act to annually file what are known as “Disclosure Statements," in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:12-25 and 18A:12-26.

By Mariel J. Giletto, Kathleen T. O'Brien on January 9, 2018

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) was signed into law. The impact of the Act will be immediate and far-reaching on all sectors of the economy.

By Andrew W. Li on December 13, 2017

With school elections firmly behind us, Boards of Education are now looking forward to their January re-organization meetings and, in some cases, new Board members taking office. But as everyone knows, December can be a hectic rush, with more and more competing demands for our increasingly limited time and attention.  As a result, sometimes the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:12-1.2(a), that every newly elected or appointed member of a Board of Education must complete a criminal history background investigation “within 30 days of election or appointment,” can be overlooked in all the holiday hubbub.

By Christopher W. Sexton on December 6, 2017

In the wake of recent high-profile excessive force incidents, police departments are being pressured by the public for greater accountability and transparency in law enforcement. Police departments, cities, towns, and other municipalities have become subject to seemingly endless scrutiny, and they have seen a sharp rise in law enforcement watchdog groups, media coverage, investigations by the Department of Justice, and protests. Police Departments have responded with police-worn body-cameras, but they have still seen an increase in cases of citizens using cell phones and other devices to record police encounters. But, is that legal?

By Susan S. Hodges on November 28, 2017

With school budgets as constrained as they are, public schools are always looking for ways to be more efficient in their operations. However, according to a recent decision by the Commissioner of Education,  filing “consolidated” tenure charges against multiple staff members – even when those staff members all allegedly engaged in a common course of misconduct -- is not the way to do it.

By Elizabeth M. Garcia on November 10, 2017

With recent media coverage creating a renewed awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace, allegations are on the rise. In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, employers may be liable for sexual harassment that takes place inside or outside of the workplace between employees. There is also exposure if harassment occurs between an employee and a third party who interacts with the company. 

By Andrew W. Li on November 2, 2017

As Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, fire departments across New Jersey are reminding residents to check their home smoke detectors.

That’s a good idea, and it’s also a good time for New Jersey school districts to check and maintain their automated external defibrillators (AEDs), which have been required by Janet’s Law, N.J.S.A. 18A:40-41a, to be present in every school since September 1, 2014.

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