Outside General Counsel™ Solutions Legal Alert: 3 Tips On How To Protect Your Company From Ransomware Attacks At the beginning of July, software service provider Kaseya reported some shocking news that made headlines throughout the globe: It was attacked by hackers who embedded malware into the company’s network, allowing them to carry out ransomware attacks…

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…

Pro Bono Legal Assistance to Seton Hall’s ‘Pirates Pitch’ Finalists The client roster at Santomassimo Davis LLP, a New Jersey-based firm with offices in Philadelphia and New York, includes multi-national corporations that span all industries.  But four of the firm’s newest “clients” aren’t corporate juggernauts: They’re budding entrepreneurial students at Seton Hall University. Earlier this month, Santomassimo Davis was the…

Philadelphia COVID-19 Paid Leave Ordinance In response to the expiration of the 2020 Public Health Emergency Leave ordinance on December 31, 2020, on March 29, 2021, Philadelphia enacted Bill #210122-A (the “2021 PHEL”) on March 29, 2021, which immediately required certain employers to provide emergency health leave in connection with COVID-19. Under the new Philadelphia…

Preparing Influencer Contracts for Social Media Marketing The use of social media influencers or content creators as a major marketing tool has been growing remarkably with the increase in the use of apps such as Instagram and TikTok. Although companies may have previously relied on informal agreements prepared through an exchange of emails or direct…

Cara A. Murphy to Participate in Muhlenberg College’s Pre-Law Panel On April 6, 2021, Santomassimo Davis LLP attorney Cara A. Murphy will be appearing as an alumni panelist on Muhlenberg College’s Pre-Law Panel.    Cara will be talking to current students about her experience at Duquesne University School of Law and as a practicing attorney. In…

New Jersey Update On Evictions Related To COVID-19 The New Jersey Supreme Court recently expanded the grounds for commercial landlords to pursue eviction that includes nonpayment of rent in specific circumstances. At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, the Supreme Court postponed all commercial landlord/tenant trials and barred the issuance of Writs…

New York Employees Granted Paid Leave Per Covid-19 Injection What Amount of Leave Are Employees Entitled To? With vaccine eligibility expanding exponentially, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation (S.2588-A/A.3354-B) granting public and private employees paid time off to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.  The new law, which went into effect immediately upon signing on March 12, 2021,…

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