Buyer Beware: Know The Difference Between Outside General Counsel vs. Outside General Counsel ™ Solutions In the market for outside general counsel? You’re not alone. Many small- and mid-size businesses opt for outside general counsel, rather than in-house attorneys, to manage their legal needs. But not all law firms that provide outside general counsel services…

Marijuana In the Workplace: Managing Risk Amidst The Changing Landscape Feeling confused about how to create and enforce policies against marijuana use among employees? “Welcome to the club,” says Christopher Santomassimo, a partner at Santomassimo Davis LLP Outside General Counsel™ Solutions, a New Jersey-based firm with offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York. “A lot of employers have been so…

Employers May Be Obligated To Pay 100% Of COBRA Premiums Pursuant To Stimulus Bill The newly enacted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “ARP”) requires certain employers to offer free COBRA between April 1, 2021, and September 30, 2021, to eligible employees who lost their jobs and for their covered relatives that will allow…

7 Elements Of A Legally Effective Compliance Program A compliance program has never been more crucial to a company’s success and management of risk.  Compliance programs, comprised of internal policies and procedures created in order to meet standards set by laws and regulations and to assure that a company is following the rules, were once…

Prepare for an OFCCP audit Santomassimo Davis LLP can help you and your business prepare for an OFCCP audit. The OFCCP (Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs) is a U.S. Department of Labor agency tasked to prevent federal contractors and subcontractors from using discriminatory employment practices when hiring, firing, promoting, transferring, or compensating employees.   If…

NYC Prohibits Enforcement Of Personal Guarantees in Commercial Leases Impacted By COVID-19 On May 26, 2020, New York City enacted Administrative Code Section 22-1005 prohibiting the enforcement of personal guarantees in commercial leases or rental agreements involving tenants impacted by COVID-19. Specifically, the new law applies to businesses in New York City that were forced…

Prevent Wrongful Termination Claims With Progressive Discipline Terminating an employee may be necessary, but if your company does not have policies and procedures in place describing the methods you took to end an employment relationship, it could open you up to wrongful termination litigation.  At Santomassimo Davis LLP, we help clients develop progressive discipline policies…

When Do Unfavorable Business Practices Become Illegal Successful business management requires a keen eye for detail, a focus on innovation and a drive to succeed, but it’s also imperative to keep unfavorable business practices in mind. You likely understand the necessity of providing a safe, secure environment for employees. Yet, you should familiarize yourself with some…

More Workers Eligible For Overtime Pay The Labor Department is expanding the group of workers eligible for overtime pay. This expansion is estimated to include about 1.3 million workers. Starting January 1, 2020, the minimum yearly salary threshold will be raised from $23,660 to $35,568. Thus, any employee who makes $35,568 or less per year…

How To Conduct A Workplace Investigation New Jersey’s HR professionals have several tasks to manage, such as welcoming new employees and helping them personalize their 401(k) package. Unfortunately, HR workers may have to carry out some duties they could do without, such as how to conduct a workplace investigation. If you work in HR, Chron provides suggestions…

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