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New Jersey’s “New” Termination of Child Support Statute

On February 1, 2017, New Jersey’s “new” Termination of Child Support Statute went into effect. The new statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.67, which was signed into law on January 19, 2016 by Governor Christie, has potential to dramatically impact the duration of child support obligations in New Jersey. The new statute applies to all orders issued...

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One Bite, Two Apples: Third Circuit Confirms That Requests For Leave Under the FMLA Can Simultaneously Qualify As A Request For A Reasonable Accommodation

  The interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is an area of confusion for most employers. This confusion is understandable as both statutes serve distinct purposes but require a covered employer to grant medical leave to employees in certain circumstances. Employees...

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Donations that Qualify for a Charitable Deduction

  An individual’s motivation for making a charitable donation is not necessarily the charitable deduction.  Nonetheless, taking advantage of the deduction is a nice benefit.  Not all charitable donations; however, qualify for a charitable deduction.  The following tips will help ensure the donation qualifies for the charitable deduction: C...

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CMS Grants Eleventh Hour Extension for Attesting to Meaningful Use

  Providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program now have an additional thirteen days to register and attest to meeting the meaningful use requirements for 2016. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has extended the reporting deadline until March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET. This extension ...

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Wage and Hour Update – Federal and Local Laws on the Chopping Block

  During the Obama administration, federal agencies enacted wage and hour regulations that tended to favor employees, even while the federal minimum wage remained unchanged. State and local governments also played a role, moving forward with laws and ordinances governing wages and paid leave.    Continue Reading

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The New New Jersey Uniform Trust Code: Creating Uniformity for Beneficiaries, Trustees and the Professionals that Advise Them

As an estate planning attorney, it is hard to contain my excitement that a version of the Uniform Trust Code (“NJUTC”) was enacted in New Jersey on January 19, 2016 with an effective date of July 17, 2016. With its passage, New Jersey joins at least 28 other states (including our neighbor, Pennsylvania) that have enacted legislation based on ...

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Recent Changes in Pet Custody

It is estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States.[1]  That equates to approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States own a dog, while approximately 30-37% of all households in the United States own a cat.  With these statistics, it is hard to believe that only one state has enacted l...

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President Trump Orders a Wall and Other Major Immigration Measures in His First Week in Office

  On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued three Executive Orders related to our immigration system and national security. Broadly speaking, the President’s orders focus on the following:  border security, removal of undocumented immigrants from the U.S., and the visa issuance by U.S. consular posts abroad.  Continue Reading  

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Closing the Salary Gap: Mayor Kenney Signs Philadelphia’s First Pay Equity Bill

Last month, Philadelphia’s City Council unanimously approved a pay equity bill — priming Philadelphia to become the first city in the nation to adopt comprehensive “wage-gap” legislation. Continue Reading

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January Tax Tidbits

Tax Tips for January 2017 are listed below. Rev Rul 2017-02, 2017-3 IRB January 2017 Rates:  Section 7520 Rate: 2.4% Annual Short Term AFR (0‐3 years): 0.96% Annual Mid Term AFR  (3‐9 years): 1.97% Annual Long Term AFR (over 9 years): 2.75% Continue Reading

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