Important Information about the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Posted on March 20th, 2020

Summary:  The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) has made substantial changes to employee rights and employer responsibilities, including the creation of emergency paid sick leave and the expansion of the FMLA to include paid leave in certain circumstances.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, the president signed the FFCRA into law.  The FFCRA contains several significant changes to federal law in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including the creation of emergency paid sick leave and an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”).  The FFCRA goes into effect no later than fifteen (15) days after it became law.  We have provided a brief synopsis of two sections of the FFCRA that are most relevant to employers and employees. [ Read More → ]

COVID-19 Update

Posted on March 19th, 2020

As we all face the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, we want to assure you that Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC has implemented our remote work business continuity plan and we remain operating and ready to serve you.

Where possible, we will continue to make greater use of teleconferencing, and other distance communication technologies to make certain that we can serve our clients during this challenging time.

We will continue to monitor the ever-changing landscape and remain fluid to adjust our operations to conform with best practices to safeguard the health and safety of our clients, our team members and their families, the many professionals with whom we work and the greater community.

Our attorneys and staff are in constant communication with all courts, jurisdictions and regulatory bodies and boards to ensure that we are apprised of any changes in scheduling or availability going forward.

We are ready to implement any additional measures as required and look forward to continuing to meet your needs.

Together, we will get through this.

Thank you.

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Information for NJ employers about pay during COVID-19 closures

Posted on March 18th, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, many business owners have questions about New Jersey law. Many are asking whether they are required to pay employees under certain circumstances in a pandemic. Our Labor and Employment attorneys share the following information.

Under New Jersey law, do we have to pay our employees if our business slows down or is forced to close as a result of COVID-19?

It depends on the circumstances. The following employees must be allowed to use earned sick leave in relation to COVID-19: [ Read More → ]

NJ Cannabis Insider reports on recent event, highlighting speakers including Joshua Bauchner

Posted on March 18th, 2020

NJ Cannabis Insider reported on its largest panel and networking event, NJ Cannabis Insider Live: The Road to Legalization held on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center in Edison. The event featured regulators, industry power players, entrepreneurs and professionals.

Among the speakers highlighted were Joshua Bauchner of Ansell, Grimm & Aaron. Other speakers included Jeff Brown, assistant commissioner in charge of the Department of Health’s Medicinal Marijuana Program; Joseph Zoltowski, plant industry director for the state Department of Agriculture; Scott Rudder, president of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association; Janice Kovach, mayor of Clinton and the first vice president of the New Jersey League of Municipalities; and South Orange Mayor Sheena Collum.

Read the full article on NJCannabisInsider.nj.com  (subscription required)

Ansell Grimm & Aaron Client Sues NJ Cannabis Dispensary Harmony Partners Over Ouster and Age Discrimination

Posted on March 11th, 2020

Leslie Hoffman, the former communications director of New Jersey cannabis dispensary Harmony, has filed suit against her former business partners, Shaya Brodchandel and Yehuda Meer. Hoffman is seeking a fair market buyout and purchase of her interest in the partnership, an accounting of Harmony’s books, an injunction barring her former partners from expelling her, and damages.

New Jersey cannabis law attorney Josh Bauchner of Ansell Grimm & Aaron represents Hoffman. He told NJ Cannabis Insider that his client has decades of experience in the cannabis space and contributed extensively to Harmony’s success. Bauchner said, “She is seeking nothing more than her rightful interest in the operation.”

Read the full article on NJCannabisInsider.nj.com  (subscription required)

Jessica Zolotorofe discussed alternative financing arrangements for commercial real estate properties

Posted on March 4th, 2020

LoopNet reported on owner-financing (also called seller-financing), a complex alternative to the traditional financing, and some of the factors to consider before exploring owner-financed deals including terms, due diligence, tax advantages and income.

Ansell Grimm & Aaron attorney Jessica T. Zolotorofe shared why it’s essential to consult a lawyer before finalizing any owner-financed deal and the importance of having good contract terms for both buyers and sellers. Zolotorofe devotes her practice to real estate transactions, including buying, selling, leasing and financing commercial properties.

Read the LoopNet article here.

Ansell Grimm & Aaron Welcomes Attorney Craig D. Gottilla

Posted on March 3rd, 2020

Real estate and insurance attorney joins New Jersey practice to focus on community association law

OCEAN, N.J. (March 2020)Ansell Grimm & Aaron is pleased to announce that attorney Craig D. Gottilla has joined the firm as a partner in its Community Association Practice Group. Based out of the firm’s Princeton, New Jersey office, Gottilla focuses his practice on representing condominiums, community associations, cooperatives and homeowners’ associations.

Gottilla counsels community associations on a wide range of legal matters, including collections, construction defect litigation, delinquent assessments and common charges, the drafting and negotiation of service contracts, fair housing compliance, governance, municipal services and relations, restrictive covenant enforcement and interpretation, rules and regulations, transition negotiations with developers and/or sponsors, and the fiduciary duties of board members.

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Ansell Grimm & Aaron Wins Criminal Defense Appeal Filed by State of New Jersey in Case Against Dr. Howard Katz of Colts Neck

Posted on February 26th, 2020

Ocean, New Jersey (February 25, 2020) —The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division yesterday released its decision in the matter of State of New Jersey v. Frank Campione and Howard Katz. Robert A. Honecker, Jr., a partner in Ansell Grimm & Aaron’s Criminal Defense Department, who represented Dr. Howard Katz, announced that the State’s appeal against his client has been dismissed with prejudice.

The State had appealed the dismissal of an indictment charging Frank Campione, a physician’s assistant, and Doctor Katz with conspiracy to unlawfully practice medicine and three counts of the unlawful practice of medicine. Judge Dennis O’Brien dismissed the indictment in November 2018.

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Stacey Patterson to Present at Community Association Institute Educational Seminar

Posted on February 25th, 2020

UPDATE: This conference is being rescheduled to a later date. Stay Tuned.

Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Location: Crowne Plaza Suffern, 3 Executive Blvd, Suffern NY 10901

Details: Ansell Grimm & Aaron attorney Stacey R. Patterson will present at the Follow the Water Educational Seminar hosted by the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Community Associations Institute. The institute is an international membership organization dedicated to building better communities by providing information, education and resources to those who govern communities and the professionals who support them.

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