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ARPA Expands COBRA Coverage

What happened? The newly signed American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”) provides for 100% premium assistance to certain qualified beneficiaries for continuation coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) for periods of coverage beginning on or after April 1, 2021 and ending September 30, 2021.  The Department...

Hyland Levin Shapiro Partner Peter J. Boyer Reappointed to serve as a Member of the Disciplinary Review Board by the Supreme Court of New Jersey

Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP partner, Peter J. Boyer has been reappointed to serve a new three-year term as a member of the Disciplinary Review Board of the New Jersey Supreme Court.  The Disciplinary Review Board serves as the intermediate appellate level of the attorney disciplinary system in New Jersey, subject...

Florida Real Estate Deal Lawyer, Krista D. DeCastro Esquire Joins Hyland Levin Shapiro

Krista DeCastro has joined Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP, where she will continue to represent real estate developers and investors in the acquisition, disposition, financing and leasing of commercial real estate. Krista will practice in Key Biscayne, Florida, just outside of Miami, as Counsel with the firm. Krista has spent the...

The Brownfields Loan Program Application deadline is Near!

What’s Happened? Earlier this year, the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (“NJEDA”) launched a Brownfields Loan Program (“Loan Program”) which offers loans in amounts ranging from $100,000 to a maximum of $5 million to be used towards the remediation and development of brownfield sites across the state. The Loan Program...

Peter A. Chacanias, Esquire Joins Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP

Peter A. Chacanias has joined Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP as an associate continuing his concentration on land use and environmental matters.  Peter has experience representing commercial real estate developers and property owners on all aspects of the land development process and has appeared before planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment...

New Jersey Legalizes, Decriminalizes Recreational Cannabis

What's happened? On February 22, 2021, Governor Murphy signed recreational adult-use cannabis bills into law. The law establishes a five-member Cannabis Regulatory Commission (“CRC”) to regulate the industry.  The CRC must now adopt rules and regulations controlling licensing of new cannabis businesses, governing drug testing by employers and establishing funding...

Hyland Levin Shapiro Partner Megan Knowlton Balne Selected As A Woman to Watch By South Jersey Biz

Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP partner, Megan Knowlton Balne, has been selected as one of this year’s Women to Watch and is featured in this month’s issue of South Jersey Biz. South Jersey Biz has recognized 20 influential business leaders in the South Jersey area who “impress with their credentials and...

Get Plugged-In On Car Charging in NJ Community Associations – Legislature Goes Green!

What happened? In October 2020, Governor Murphy signed a law permitting the installation of electric vehicle charging stations in common interest communities. The law prohibits associations from unreasonably restricting the installation of an electric vehicle charging station in a designated parking space and declares any such restriction void and unenforceable....

Natalia P. Teekah, Esquire Joins Hyland Levin Shapiro

Natalia P. Teekah has joined Hyland Levin Shapiro LLP as an associate continuing her concentration on environmental and land use matters. Natalia has experience advising clients on regulatory compliance, transactional due diligence, contaminated site redevelopment, and solid and hazardous waste matters.  Natalia is also experienced with issues involving the Spill...

When is a COVID Case Work-Related? – OSHA Revised Reporting & Recording Rules

What happened? Towards the end of 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) updated its Frequently Asked Questions ("FAQ") regarding employers’ reporting obligations during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The update re-defined a “work related incident,” which requires the employer to report the incident to OSHA, as...

More Questions Than Answers – Congress Ends Mandatory Paid FFCRA Leave

What happened? Late Monday night, Congress passed its new COVID-19 relief package. The $900 Billion stimulus will assist households and businesses across the country that continue to grapple with the health and economic impact of the Coronavirus. However, the paid emergency sick leave and paid emergency family medical leave instituted...

Sticking Point: Should Employers Require Their Employees to be Vaccinated?

The first doses of the Coronavirus vaccines have been shipped across the country and Employers will soon have to decide whether they will require their employees to be vaccinated.  Employers choosing to require vaccinations will also have to enact and enforce quality policies and procedures to prevent opposition and avoid...

Burlington County Tax Assessment Calendar Change

What’s happened? Earlier this year, the Board of Chosen Freeholders of Burlington County adopted the Alternative Real Property Assessment Calendar. Under this new schedule, Property Assessment Notification Postcards are to be mailed by November 15 of each year. These green and white postcards were previously mailed on or before February...

Restaurant Owners: How to Succeed During the Next Set of COVID-19 Restrictions

Governor Murphy has once again limited restaurant hours and bar service, while the city officials in Philadelphia have eliminated indoor dining and limited outdoor seating. Be proactive to function within these restrictions during the next wave of COVID-19 restrictions. What you need to know. The New Jersey set of mandates...

Change and COVID In The Air – Philadelphia Enacts New and Significant COVID Restrictions

What happened? On Monday, November 16, the City of Philadelphia announced new COVID restrictions in the face of surging new cases.  The new restrictions include: The prohibition of indoor dining; New limitations on outdoor dining restricting groups to a maximum of four members of the same household; Employees must work...