When “The Easy Way Out” Isn’t So Easy – Beware of Litigation from Non-Tenured Teachers Who Are Non-Renewed

As a practitioner who has spent most of his legal career as a school board attorney serving as general or labor counsel to boards of education, I address a trend that seems to be on the rise – litigation brought for employment discrimination in the wake of a non-tenured teacher being non-renewed at the conclusion […]

First Aid Squad Responders Found to Be Immune from Liability for Injury Allegedly Caused by Negligent Transport of Patient

Plaintiff Rose Bengel was allegedly injured as a result of medical assistance provided by defendant Holiday City at Berkeley First Aid Squad, Inc. (“the Squad”). The Squad had responded to a 9-1-1 call for medical assistance and transported her to the hospital. The issue in Bengel v. Holiday City at Berkeley First Aid Squad Inc., […]

Ban Parents from School Campuses Only as Last Resort

Lauren E. Tedesco, Esq., a shareholder in the firm’s School Law Group, was recently interviewed by Special Ed Connection on the topic of banning parents from school campuses. To view the PDF version of the article, please click here.

Adult Use Cannabis to be Legal on January 1, 2021. What Happens Now?

On November 3, 2020, the voters of New Jersey approved a referendum legalizing adult/recreational cannabis on January 1st. The NJ Legislature passed S21/A21 yesterday which describes the initial regulatory structure for adult use cannabis licenses, state and municipal taxes on legal marijuana and employer and employee protections in maintaining a drug free work place, among […]

Jury Trials Again Suspended in New Jersey But May Restart on a Virtual Basis

Not surprisingly, due to the COVID-19 surge of cases, the New Jersey Supreme Court has once again suspended jury trials. They had resumed earlier in the fall on a limited basis as a hybrid with virtual jury selection and socially distanced trials. However, with this second wave of new COVID-19 cases, the Court deemed it […]

COVID-19 and the Holidays

With the holiday season now upon us, there are growing concerns about how the COVID-19 pandemic could worsen because of the expected social gathering activities associated with the holiday season, and how that could impact New Jersey workplaces. The Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) has already issued directives that persons should not travel during the […]

DACA’s Uncertain Future Following Recent United States Supreme Court Decision

In Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California, 140 S. Ct. 1891, 207 L. Ed. 2d 353 (2020) the United Supreme Court held that the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) violated the Administrative Procedure Act as arbitrary and capricious.  However, the case did […]

Bostock v. Clayton County and the Further Protection it Provides New Jersey Employees

On June 15, 2020, the Supreme Court of the United States held that in Bostock v. Clayton Cty., Georgia, 140 S. Ct. 1731, 2017 L. Ed. 2d (2020), an employer who fires an individual employee merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The majority opinion was […]