New Jersey Employers: The Potential Criminal in Your Midst

By Timothy J. Ford, Esq.  On August 11, 2014, Governor Christie signed legislation known as “The Opportunity to Compete Act” barring employers from making criminal background inquiries during the initial employment application process.  This sweeping legislation transforms the hiring process for many employers.  Many employers are asking questions about the legislation.  If you are not,

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What Happens Between Spouses, Stays Between Spouses – Even If It’s A Crime

By Michael R. Ascher, Esq.   The New Jersey Rules of Evidence contain a strong privilege protecting communications between married couples.  The Rule provides that “no person shall disclose any communication made in confidence between such person and his or her spouse.” The privilege is based upon the strong societal policy encouraging spouses to share confidences and

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Traffic Accidents and Weather Immunity

By Thomas F. Dorn Jr., Esq. Any driver who has driven in conditions like rain, fog, ice or snow knows that it is a risk to drive in bad weather.  Sometimes it is a driver going too fast for weather conditions that causes an accident and sometimes the road conditions cause the vehicle to lose

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Are Lawsuit Settlements Taxable?

By Timothy J. Ford, Esq. & Christopher J. Roman, Esq. Do I have to pay taxes on money I receive in settling my claim?  Is any of the settlement non-taxable?  Plaintiffs frequently asked these questions when settling a personal injury, contract or employment case.  Unfortunately, these questions are asked at the time the plaintiff is

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