CSG RSS Feedhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=39&format=xml&stylesheet=rss2&directive=0&records=20en-us18 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800firmwisehttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rssNJSBA: Arrivals, Departures, Transfers And Cancellations: Ethical Considerations As Lawyers 'Travel' From Firm To Firmhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116334&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/patricia-costello">Patricia K. Costello</a> will moderate a panel during the New Jersey State Bar Association's annual three-day meeting. The session, &quot;Arrivals, Departures, Transfers And Cancellations: Ethical Considerations As Lawyers 'Travel' From Firm To Firm,&quot; will take place on May 20, from 10:35 &ndash; 11:50 AM, and detail the ethical considerations that lawyers face when they find themselves on the move. CSG&rsquo;s General Counsel, <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/ronald-israel">Ronald L. Israel</a>, will join the panel along with judges and attorneys with backgrounds in Chancery, Civil, Family, Criminal and Employment Law.</p> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://tcms.njsba.com/PersonifyEbusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=12228">event website</a>.</p>Event20 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116334&format=xmlNJSBA: Guardians, Guardians Ad Litem, Law Guardians and Parenting Coordinators: What You Need to Knowhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116335&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/tremain-l-stanley">Tremain L. Stanley</a>, Practice Group Leader of CSG's Family Law Group, will participate in this year&rsquo;s virtual Annual Meeting hosted by the New Jersey State Bar Association. Join Tremain on Thursday, May 20, from 10:35 &ndash; 11:50 AM, where she will provide practitioners guidance as to the differences and nuances related to the respective roles of Guardians, Guardians Ad Litem, Law Guardians and Parenting Coordinators.</p> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://tcms.njsba.com/PersonifyEbusiness/Default.aspx?TabID=12228">event website</a>.</p>Event20 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116335&format=xmlSeton Hall University: AAPI Heritage Month Speakers Panelhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116336&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/jenny-chung">Jenny Chung</a>, who also serves as President of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ), will participate in Seton Hall University&rsquo;s AAPI Heritage Month Speakers Panel on Thursday, May 20, from 12:00 - 1:30 PM. Join Jenny, Dr. KC Choi of the Department of Religion and moderator, Hester Agudosi of the State of NJ, as they celebrate the AAPI community, its history and their journey ahead.</p> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://events.shu.edu/view/event/event_id/13508">event website</a>.</p>Event20 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116336&format=xmlCSG's Armen Shahinian Named NJBIZ Icon Honors Award Recipienthttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116317&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC (&ldquo;CSG&rdquo;) is proud to announce that <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18953&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Armen Shahinian</a>, Chair of the firm&rsquo;s Fidelity &amp; Surety Group and member of its Executive Committee, has been selected as a recipient of <em>NJBIZ</em>&rsquo;s Icon Honors award, which recognizes New Jersey business leaders over the age of 60 for their notable success and demonstration of strong leadership both within and outside of their chosen field.<br /> <br /> <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18952&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Daniel A. Schwartz</a>, CSG&rsquo;s Managing Member, notes, &ldquo;The CSG family warmly congratulates Armen, who has dedicated his career to serving the surety industry and contributing to our firm&rsquo;s prosperity. His pioneering vision and spirit have positively impacted so many &ndash; both within our firm and externally &ndash; and helped propel the legal practice and business of surety bonding.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Over the course of his more than 40-year career, Armen has established and developed one of the country&rsquo;s largest dedicated surety law practices; shared countless insights with sector participants in many distinctive forms; and earned the trust and business of a significant majority of the country&rsquo;s largest bonding companies, as well as many small and middle market sureties and fidelity insurers in the U.S. The industry veteran&rsquo;s ongoing commitment and contributions to the fidelity and surety legal community were recognized in 2018 when Armen was honored with the Martin J. Andrew Award, which is the highest award given by the American Bar Association&rsquo;s TIPS Fidelity and Surety Law Committee and widely considered the pinnacle of achievement for fidelity and surety law practitioners.<br /> <br /> Joining the firm only five years after its inception in 1977, Armen is also CSG&rsquo;s longest-tenured employee. He has witnessed firsthand &ndash; and, as a pillar of its Executive Committee, played a major role in shaping &ndash; the firm&rsquo;s remarkable growth trajectory from the less than 10-attorney firm he originally joined over 40 years ago into the more than 170-attorney regional powerhouse it is today. His long-standing internal leadership roles position Armen as a critical bridge between CSG&rsquo;s legacy roots and its enduring success.<br /> <br /> Notably, Armen joins <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18886&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Francis J. Giantomasi</a> (2017), Daniel A. Schwartz (2018) and <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18960&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Dennis M. Toft</a> (2019) among NJBIZ Icon alumni at CSG.<br /> <br /> Armen and his fellow Icon honorees will be celebrated during a virtual awards ceremony on June 22. For more information and registration, please <a href="https://njbiz.com/event/icon-honors-awards-program-2021/">click here</a>. <br /> <br /> To see the full list of Icon honorees, please visit <em>NJBIZ</em>&rsquo;s <a href="https://njbiz.com/2021s-njbiz-icon-awards-winners/">website</a>.</p>News14 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116317&format=xmlNew Jersey Law Journal: Has COVID-19 Pervaded Labor and Employment Litigation?http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116284&format=xml&p=7016<a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18970&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Catherine P. Wells</a> was featured in a <em>New Jersey Law Journal</em> article discussing the past, present and future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the volume and flow of employment litigation. The story specifically explores the source of claims pursuant to regulations and policies the pandemic has given rise to &ndash; including vaccination mandates, workplace safety measures and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.<br /> <br /> Catherine forecasts, &ldquo;If we&rsquo;re going to see a COVID-related employment law line of cases, it&rsquo;s going to be in two areas: mandatory vaccines and the alleged failure to accommodate those who don&rsquo;t wish to get them, and workplace safety-centered cases where plaintiffs allege a failure to take precautions such as masking, partitions and physical spacing.&quot;<br /> <br /> To read the full article, visit <em>New Jersey Law Journal</em>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/2021/05/06/has-covid-19-pervaded-labor-and-employment-litigation/">website</a>.Publication12 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116284&format=xmlCOMMERCE Magazine: Pro Bono Representation Assists Communities and Worthy Causeshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116234&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18952&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Daniel A. Schwartz</a> and <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18870&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Lindsay A. Dischley</a> were featured in a <em>COMMERCE Magazine</em> article detailing the importance of legal pro bono services for communities and causes lacking the financial resources to hire attorneys. Dan acknowledges the outstanding pro bono work Lindsay has spearheaded on behalf of the firm for Girls on the Run New Jersey East (&ldquo;GOTR NJE&rdquo;), a youth development program for third- to eighth-grade girls that uses running as a platform to instill life skills and promote holistic health outcomes. <br /> <br /> Dan notes, &ldquo;Lindsay Dischley, a Member with our Employment Group and a GOTR NJE Executive Board Member for the past six years, has led our involvement with the rapidly growing organization. GOTR NJE has doubled its employee infrastructure to serve more girls in New Jersey across its five-county footprint, and CSG&rsquo;s counsel has enabled this scale-up by ensuring that the organization is well-positioned to continuously attract and retain high-quality staff in a competitive hiring market for nonprofits. This past year in particular, CSG has helped GOTR navigate the pandemic in a variety of ways, including assisting with employee relations, honing cybersecurity policies and incident response plans, and advising on contractual issues as they arise. By providing legal counsel at no cost, CSG has empowered GOTR NJE to focus its resources on funding its critical programming and, thus, make an impact on the lives of more girls in our local communities.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> To read the full article, visit <em>COMMERCE Magazine</em>&rsquo;s <a href="https://viewer.joomag.com/commerce-21-05/0111963001619720987/p50?short&amp;">website</a>.</p>Publication07 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116234&format=xmlNJDEP Proposes Fumigation Rule with Potential Implications for Commercial Property Ownershttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116221&format=xml&p=7016<p>We call to your attention NJDEP&rsquo;s recently proposed amendments to its air regulations which raise questions as to whether fumigation and/or pesticide application operations, such as in office buildings, are to be subject to the detailed requirements of air permitting. Commercial building owners should review these proposed rules with their pesticide and fumigation contractors. If applicable, these rules may require building owners and/or commercial pesticide applicators to obtain an air permit, meet strict reporting requirements, and even install stacks to vent the fumigants. The comment period for this proposal has been extended to June 1, 2021.</p> <p>By way of background, on March 1, 2021, NJDEP published the proposed rule in the New Jersey Register. The impetus of this rule proposal appears to have been substances used in industrial fumigation operations, including warehouses and commodity storage facilities located in Newark, Elizabeth and Camden. Specifically, NJDEP proposes to add certain fumigants and other air contaminants to the list of hazardous air pollutants. Regarding fumigation, the proposed rule would require permitting for any fumigation of a commodity or industrial structure that has the potential to emit at a rate greater than 0.1 pounds per hour (45.4 grams per hour), with the exception of certain emergency fumigation operations.</p> <p>However, the proposed rule appears to apply more broadly, and can be read to apply even to commercial fumigation applications using any regulated pesticide or fumigant. Notwithstanding the listing of specific chemical compounds as toxic substances, the term &ldquo;fumigant&rdquo; is proposed to be generally defined as &ldquo;a chemical registered with the EPA as a pesticide under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide &amp; Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The proposed rule defines Group III toxics as &ldquo;fumigants, <u>including but not limited to</u>&rdquo; methyl bromide, sulfuryl fluoride and phosphine. This definition appears to include all fumigants, not just the three specific fumigants of concern, as regulated Group III toxics. As proposed, Group III toxics if emitted at a rate of 45.4 grams per hour, are subject to air permitting requirements. Further, the subchapter governing hazardous air pollutants and toxics would require that emissions to the outdoor atmosphere would be authorized only through a vertical stack that extends above the highest point of the container, roofline or structure. A health risk assessment for that operation would have to be performed in advance of any fumigation.</p> <p>The language of the rule raises significant enough questions that it should be reviewed with your commercial pesticide or fumigation professional. Questions such as the emission rate of the pesticide or fumigant used, and its potential to emit into the outdoor atmosphere, should be asked. If there are comments or concerns about the proposal, they should be addressed to the NJDEP by June 1st <a href="https://www.nj.gov/dep/rules/comments/">using this link</a> or via mail to:</p> <p>Alice A. Previte, Esq.<br /> ATTN: DEP Docket No. 02-21-01<br /> NJ Department of Environmental Protection<br /> Office of Legal Affairs<br /> Mail Code 401-04L; PO Box 402<br /> 401 East State Street, 7th Floor<br /> Trenton, NJ 08625-0402</p> <p>Interested or potentially impacted stakeholders are encouraged to participate in the comment period and should consider evaluating its implications, if enacted in current form, with their advisors and contractors.</p> <p>For more information, please contact your CSG attorney or the author listed below.</p>Client Alert06 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116221&format=xmlROI-NJ: Post-pandemic hiring: Ensuring compliance with Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act as COVID restrictions easehttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116201&format=xml&p=7016<p><font face="Arial, sans-serif"><a href="/?t=3&amp;a=18870&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Lindsay A. Dischley</a> and <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=22389&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Nicole C. Tracy</a> co-authored an article for <em>ROI-NJ</em>, &ldquo;Post-pandemic hiring: Ensuring compliance with Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act as COVID restrictions ease,&rdquo; bringing focus to key provisions of the Equal Pay Act that New Jersey employers should be mindful of as they reopen and restaff their operations. In the article, Lindsay and Nicole also shed light on the ancillary cultural benefits that the act helps usher into the workplace &ndash; noting, &ldquo;Compliance with the act makes for a better, more effective working environment. Equitable workplaces lead to an increase in morale, job satisfaction and productivity, which can improve organizational performance. Employees who feel respected as a result of knowing their employers promote workplace fairness and pay equity are also more likely to remain with a company and less likely to complain of discrimination.&rdquo;</font></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><font face="Arial, sans-serif">To read the full article please visit <em>ROI-NJ</em>&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.roi-nj.com/2021/05/05/sponsored-content/post-pandemic-hiring-ensuring-compliance-with-diane-b-allen-equal-pay-act-as-covid-restrictions-ease/">website</a>.</font><span style="font-size:12.0pt;font-family:&quot;Arial&quot;,sans-serif"><o:p></o:p></span></p>Publication05 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116201&format=xmlELFA Legal Forum Live!http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116278&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/robert-hornby">Robert L. Hornby</a>&nbsp;will serve as a panelist during the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association's 2021 Legal Forum on May 5, from 3:00 - 4:00 PM. Robert will discuss ethics along with panelists Melissa W. Kopit of Vedder Price P.C., Ryan Thompson of PNC Bank, and moderator, Rachel Brescoll of Kutak Rock LLP.</p> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://cvdata.elfaonline.org/cvweb/cgi-bin/documentdll.dll/view?DOCUMENTNUM=2967">event website</a>.</p>Event05 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116278&format=xmlQuBit Conference: Cyber extortion and ransomware: How to confront this challenge?http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116198&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/michelle-schaap">Michelle A. Schaap</a> will present, &quot;Cyber extortion and ransomware: How to confront this challenge?&quot; on Wednesday, May 5, from 1:45 - 2:35 PM EST. This QuBit Conference program will&nbsp;provide a step-by-step guide for listeners to prepare for ransomware attacks against businesses, which are known to happen every 11 seconds.</p> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://nyc.qubitconference.com/">event website</a>.</p>Event05 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116198&format=xmlWhat You Need to Know About Restaurant Revitalization Fund Grantshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116162&format=xml&p=7016<p>As more people receive the vaccine and warm weather teases us with promises of long summer nights, enjoying a meal at our favorite restaurant with friends and family and a sense of normalcy, hope for the restaurant and food service industry is on the rise.<o:p></o:p></p> <p>President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (&ldquo;ARPA&rdquo;) into law on March 11, 2021, which partially funds the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (&ldquo;RRF&rdquo;) with $28.6 billion for restaurants and bars with grants equal to their COVID-19 losses. The Small Business Administration (&ldquo;SBA&rdquo;) will administer the program and began receiving applications on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon ET.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">To qualify for funding, applicants must prove revenue losses attributed to the pandemic, which are calculated by subtracting 2020 gross receipts from 2019 gross receipts.&nbsp; The maximum grant size will be $5 million for restaurants and $10 million for restaurant groups. Grant funds will not be taxed like income. The SBA has issued guidance on how to calculate pandemic-related losses in revenue. It is advisable that food business operators work closely with their accountants and other advisors when gathering the information needed for these calculations. However, the calculation can be simplified to:<o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Grant Fund = Eligible Expenses Incurred &ndash; Gross Receipts &ndash; PPP Loans <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Businesses should have the following documents on hand:<o:p></o:p></p> <ul> <li>Business tax returns and bank statements<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Financial statements such as Income Statements or Profit and Loss Statements<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Point of sale report(s)<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Business organizational documents (articles of incorporation, operating agreements, etc.)<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Loan documents on Paycheck Protection Program (&ldquo;PPP&rdquo;) loans (RRF funding issued will be reduced by the total amount of PPP loans)<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Note that some businesses may need additional documents.<o:p></o:p></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal"><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p><b>Who can apply?<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Most American restaurants and bars that lost revenue in 2020 when compared to 2019 will be eligible to apply for RRF grants.&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The ARPA explicitly names &ldquo;eligible entities&rdquo; who have experienced COVID-19 related revenue losses:<o:p></o:p></p> <ul> <li>Restaurants, taverns, bars, food stands, food trucks, food carts, caterers, bakeries, saloons, and lounges. <o:p></o:p></li> <li>Brewpubs, tasting rooms, taprooms, &nbsp;breweries and/or microbreweries.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Licensed facilities or premises of a beverage alcohol producer where the public may taste, sample, or purchase products, or other similar places of business in which the public or patrons assemble for the primary purpose of being served food or drinks. <o:p></o:p></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">Most restaurants and bars will qualify as &ldquo;eligible entities&rdquo; if they don&rsquo;t have more than twenty locations and are not publicly traded. <o:p></o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b>What can the grant be used for?<o:p></o:p></b></p> <p>Funds may be used for the following expenses:<o:p></o:p></p> <ul> <li>Business food and beverage expenses (including raw materials)</li> <li>Business payroll costs.</li> <li>Business operating expenses.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Construction of outdoor seating.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Business debt service (both principal and interest)<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Payments of interest or principal towards any business mortgage obligation.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Supplies, including PPE and cleaning materials.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Business maintenance expenses.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Food and beverage inventory.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Covered supplier costs.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Rent payments, including rent under a lease agreement (not prepayment of rent)<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Operational expenses.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Business utility payments.<o:p></o:p></li> <li>Paid sick leave.</li> </ul> <p><strong>For more information and how to apply for the grant:</strong><br /> <br /> Details can be accessed at:<br /> <a href="https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund">https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/covid-19-relief-options/restaurant-revitalization-fund</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Sample RRF application:<br /> <a href="https://www.sba.gov/sites/default/files/2021-04/SBA Form 3172 RRF Application 4.20.21-508.pdf">SBA Form 3172 Restaurant Revitalization Funding Application (Sample only)</a><br /> <br /> Once the link goes live, the application will be available at:<br /> <a href="https://restaurants.sba.gov/">https://restaurants.sba.gov</a><br /> <br /> At this time, it is believed that the funding for the RRF is not enough to meet the demand of the industry. As a result, many eligible applicants may not receive the grant. <br /> <br /> <strong>Dates:</strong><br /> Registration for the SBA application portal began on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 9 am ET. The application window will open on Monday, May 3, 2021, at noon ET.</p>Client Alert03 May 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116162&format=xmlCSG's Ifedapo Benjamin Recognized with Garden State Bar Association's Top 25 Under 40 Awardhttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116125&format=xml&p=7016<p><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:&#10;Arial;color:#0E101A">CSG&rsquo;s <a href="/?t=3&amp;a=22101&amp;format=xml&amp;p=16431">Ifedapo (&ldquo;Ife&rdquo;) Benjamin</a> was acknowledged as part of the Garden State Bar Association's (&ldquo;GSBA&rdquo;) Young Lawyers&rsquo; Division inaugural Top 25 Lawyers Under 40 program. The recognition was announced during the GSBA&rsquo;s 2021 Lift As We Climb Convention on April 17, 2020. Notably, Ife was also named the GSBA&rsquo;s Member of the Month for November 2020 during the convention.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:&#10;Arial;color:#0E101A">Ife, an Associate with CSG's Litigation Group, conducts legal research and analysis, prepares legal documents, compiles case materials, communicates with clients, and develops reports supporting CSG&rsquo;s litigators. He graduated from Seton Hall Law School in 2020, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal and published &ldquo;Restructure the Structuring Law: The Need for a Restrictive Interpretation of the Minimum Cash Requirement Under the Structuring Statute.&rdquo; Ife was a Summer Associate with a New Jersey-based law firm, a Legal Extern for the United States Attorney&rsquo;s Office, and a Student Advocate for the Conflict Management Program: S.D.N.Y. Representation in Mediation Practicum. Before law school, Ife graduated with honors from Marist College, where he majored in Political Science and Government. Ife will be clerking for the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey for the 2021- 2022 term for the Hon. Zahid N. Quraishi.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:&#10;Arial;color:#0E101A">The GSBA is New Jersey's oldest and largest professional organization for African American judges, lawyers, and law students.&nbsp; Since 1975, the GSBA has continuously assisted African Americans and other ethnic minorities in becoming an effective part of the judicial and legal systems. The Association also seeks to advance the science of jurisprudence, improve the administration of justice, support initiatives designed to improve economic condition of all individuals, and eliminate discrimination and inequality based on racial, ethnic or sexual considerations. The GSBA began the formation of the Young Lawyers Division in 1996 to address the needs of recent law school graduates and practicing attorneys. The Association&rsquo;s membership is more diverse and has increased since its inception.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span style="mso-bidi-font-family:&#10;Arial;color:#0E101A">To learn more about the Garden State Bar Association, please visit their <a href="https://www.gardenstatebar.org/">website</a>.<o:p></o:p></span></p>News29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116125&format=xmlSeton Hall University School of Law: The Duty of Technological Competence and Other Ethical Issues Relating to Technology and Law Practicehttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115869&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/michelle-schaap">Michelle A. Schaap</a> will present, &quot;The Duty of Technological Competence and Other Ethical Issues Relating to Technology and Law Practice,&quot; on Thursday, April 29, at 4:00 PM EST. This&nbsp;Gibbons Institute of Law, Science &amp; Technology presentation will focus on the ethical obligation of attorneys being technologically competent and will also feature&nbsp;Ken Rashbaum, Esq., Partner, Barton and Dr. David Opderbeck, Professor of Law and Co-Director, Gibbons Institute of Law, Science &amp; Tecnology.</p> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="https://law.shu.edu/events/technology-and-law-practice.cfm">event website</a>.</p>Event29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115869&format=xmlAPALA-NJ: Fireside Chat: An Insider Perspective on Life In-Househttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115957&format=xml&p=7016<p>CSG's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/jenny-chung">Jenny Chung</a>, who also serves as President of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association of New Jersey (APALA-NJ), will host an enlightening discussion among a panel of leading in-house lawyers on topics including how to obtain an in-house position, tips for winning and securing work as outside counsel, how corporations are responding to the pandemic, and the rise of violence and discrimination against Asian Americans.This virtual program will take place on Thursday, April 29, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM EST.</p> <p>To register for this program, RSVP to <a href="mailto:events@csglaw.com?subject=RSVP%20-%20Fireside%20Chat%3A%20An%20Insider%20Perspective%20on%20Life%20In-House">CSG Events</a>.</p>Event29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115957&format=xmlMatrimonial Issues and Trust Planning: Practical Planning Tips for Practitionershttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115918&format=xml&p=7016<p><a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/susan-reach-winters">Susan Reach Winters</a>, Chair of CSG&rsquo;s Family Law Group, will be joined by other industry leaders on April 29, from 4:00 &ndash; 5:00 PM, to discuss the various tools, provisions and advice practitioners should consider when handling matrimonial and trust planning matters for clients. The panelists will address the following questions:</p> <ul> <li> <p>What provisions should you include in a revocable trust or DAPT?</p> </li> <li> <p>What schedules should be attached to each type of trust?</p> </li> <li> <p>When might it be appropriate to use each type of trust?</p> </li> <li> <p>What provisions might be included in a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement?</p> </li> <li> <p>What is the importance of keeping separate property separate?</p> </li> <li> <p>Why is it advisable to use an independent trustee for divorce protection?</p> </li> <li> <p>Is there potential for decanting and change of jurisdiction on existing trusts and how may that be used to bolster matrimonial planning?</p> </li> </ul> <p>To register for this program, please email <a href="mailto:events@csglaw.com?subject=RSVP%20-%20Matrimonial%20Issues%20and%20Trust%20Planning">CSG Events</a>.</p>Event29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115918&format=xmlIntellectual Property Litigation Associate (4-5 Years of Experience)http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116127&format=xml&p=7016<p>Chiesa Shahinian &amp; Giantomasi PC is seeking an Intellectual Property (&quot;IP&quot;) Litigation Associate with 4-5 years of experience to join its IP litigation team. This associate will have the opportunity to work on a variety of IP litigation matters, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigations. This associate will have the opportunity to work in all phases of litigation, from pleading through trial and appeal, for individual and corporate clients in a variety of industries.</p> <p>Qualifications:</p> <ul> <li> <p>A J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school</p> </li> <li> <p>Four to five years of IP litigation experience in a law firm setting</p> </li> <li> <p>Strong communication and writing skills</p> </li> </ul> <p>We are committed to your future and offer mentorship and professional development opportunities for lawyers at every level. CSG Members and senior attorneys provide on-going feedback in a supportive environment.</p> <p>Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by email to <a href="mailto:recruitment@csglaw.com">recruitment@csglaw.com</a>.</p> <p><em>At CSG, we are committed to the recruitment, development, and retention of diverse attorneys and staff. The firm&rsquo;s two programs &ndash; the Diversity &amp; Inclusion and Women&rsquo;s Initiatives &ndash; provide opportunities for attorneys and employees to enhance their legal careers through career development, mentoring and networking opportunities both within the firm and throughout the business and legal communities as a whole. CSG is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer. Women, Minorities &amp; Veterans are encouraged to apply.</em></p>Available Position - Attorneys29 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116127&format=xmlNew Jersey Supreme Court Compels Employer to Reimburse Employee for Medical Marijuana Expenseshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116029&format=xml&p=7016<p>On April 13, 2021, in <u>Vincent Hager v. M&amp;K Construction</u>, the New Jersey Supreme Court upheld an Appellate Division decision affirming a workers&rsquo; compensation order directing the plaintiff&rsquo;s former employer, M&amp;K Construction (&ldquo;M&amp;K&rdquo;), to reimburse him for the continuing costs of medical marijuana prescribed pursuant to New Jersey&rsquo;s Jake Honig Compassionate Use Medical Cannabis Act (&ldquo;CUMCA&rdquo;) to treat his chronic pain resulting from a work-related accident.</p> <p>On appeal, M&amp;K argued that CUMCA was preempted by the federal Controlled Substances Act (whereby marijuana remains illegal), and that, as a result, M&amp;K&rsquo;s compliance with the workers&rsquo; compensation order would expose it to possible federal criminal liability for aiding and abetting a violation of federal law. M&amp;K further asserted that medical marijuana could not be reimbursed as a &ldquo;reasonable and necessary treatment&rdquo; under the New Jersey Workers&rsquo; Compensation Act. Moreover, M&amp;K argued that, because M&amp;K was a workers&rsquo; compensation carrier, it fit within the limited reimbursement exemption to CUMCA whereby private health insurers or government medical assistance programs are not required to reimburse medical marijuana costs.</p> <p>The Court rejected M&amp;K&rsquo;s arguments in their entirety and upheld the order requiring payment of plaintiff&rsquo;s medical marijuana expenses, finding as follows: (1) federal law does not preempt CUMCA such that employers are prohibited from reimbursing their employees for medical marijuana costs or otherwise face a credible threat of federal criminal liability for doing so; (2) medical marijuana may be found to constitute a &ldquo;reasonable and necessary treatment&rdquo; under the Workers&rsquo; Compensation Act; and (3) M&amp;K was not exempt from the requirement to reimburse the plaintiff for medical marijuana costs under CUMCA&rsquo;s exemption because the exemption was expressly limited to private health insurers or government medical assistance programs and did not include workers&rsquo; compensation insurers.</p> <p>This decision is yet another reminder that employers must be familiar with CUMCA and their obligations under the law.</p> <p><em>If you have any questions about your obligations under CUMCA or ensuring that your workplace policies are compliant with CUMCA and the recent legislation legalizing marijuana for recreational use in New Jersey, please reach out to your CSG attorney or the authors listed here.</em></p>Client Alert23 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=116029&format=xmlIT4cannabis: Insights and Opportunities for Cannabis Entrepreneurshttp://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115790&format=xml&p=7016<p>Join CSG's <a href="https://www.csglaw.com/biographies/patrick-oreilly">Patrick O'Reilly</a> on Thursday, April 22, from 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT, as he shares insights and opportunities for cannabis entrepreneurs. This IT4cannabis webinar, featuring several esteemed industry leaders, will cover timely topics such as:</p> <ul> <li> <p>Compliance requirements for the cannabis industry</p> </li> <li> <p>Recent NJ legalization impacts on cannabusinesses</p> </li> <li> <p>How to build and communicate distinct cannabis brands</p> </li> <li> <p>Unique cyber risks that cannabusinesses face</p> </li> </ul> <p>For more information and registration, please visit the <a href="http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ehpuwnhg2ec255af&amp;llr=i5qpmitab">event website</a>.</p>Event22 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0800http://csglaw.wiseadmin.biz/?t=40&an=115790&format=xml