Lethal Prescriptions Now Available For New Jersey’s Terminally Ill

Elderly-Patient

On July 9, 2019, New Jersey adopted a “Right to Die” Law.  It gives terminally ill adults the right to request a fatal prescription for themselves, specifically to enable them to medically own their own life.  The new law, whose formal name is the “Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act”, becomes effective August 19. 2019.  In addition to those who are gravely ill and their families, the law will impact physicians, health care facilities, other medical professionals, insurers, and estate planners. Continue reading “Lethal Prescriptions Now Available For New Jersey’s Terminally Ill”


New Jersey Extends Prevailing Wage Requirements

Construction Workers

The New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act (N.J.S.A. 34:11-56.25 et seq.) has long required contractors and subcontractors to pay a minimum “prevailing wage” to laborers, craftsmen and apprentices employed on public works projects. The New Jersey Department of Labor sets the prevailing wage for a specific New Jersey region based on the collective bargaining agreements established for a particular craft or trade in the locality in which the public work is performed. Continue reading “New Jersey Extends Prevailing Wage Requirements”


New Reporting of Employee Statistics With Prevailing Wage Payrolls

Employees at Whiteboard

In 2018, New Jersey enacted the “Diane B. Allen Equal Pay Act, P.L. 2018, c. 9 (Act).” Section 5 of the Act, which is codified at N.J.S.A. 34:11-56.14, imposes a reporting requirement upon each employer who enters into a contract with the State and State instrumentalities to provide services or perform public work. Continue reading “New Reporting of Employee Statistics With Prevailing Wage Payrolls”


Cap and Trade and State Planning for Carbon Reduction Grants

Powerm Plant

On June 17, 2019, New Jersey adopted rules to rejoin a regional alliance of states with a mutual carbon use reduction plan and to establish “cap and trade” auctions for carbon use in the state. At the same time, the state outlined priorities for public grants and loans to local governments and private businesses for carbon reduction projects. Continue reading “Cap and Trade and State Planning for Carbon Reduction Grants”


Apprenticeships Now Mandatory for Public Construction Workers

Construction Worker

On January 31, 2019, Governor Murphy signed a new law (P.L.2019, c.21.) which now requires public work contractors to certify that its workers  on the public projects have completed apprentice- ships or enrolled in a registered apprenticeship pro- gram for their specific trades. (Alternately the con- tractor may confirm that each employee is paid at least the journeymen rate for that work, but it is unlikely that a firm could submit a competitive bid if doing so.) Continue reading “Apprenticeships Now Mandatory for Public Construction Workers”


New Jersey’s New Law For Pool and Spa Contractors

Swimming Pool

New Jersey has established new licensing require- ments for the pool and spa industry. The Act requires special licenses for installing, repairing and maintain- ing pools. “Pool construction” is defined as “ excava- tion and grading, construction and installation of pools, tiling and coping, and installation of all circulation equipment including pumps, filters, heaters, sanitizers and chemical feeders. It does not include direct con- nections to a sanitary sewer system or potable water lines, nor the grounding and bonding of any metal sur- faces or the making of any electrical connections, or  the direct connection to any natural gas or propane gas source. Continue reading “New Jersey’s New Law For Pool and Spa Contractors”


Avoiding Tax Return Shock

Avoiding Tax Return Shock

Now that the April 15 the federal tax filing date has passed most of us (reluctantly) turn at least some of our thoughts to the Internal Revenue Service and the tax code. The IRS has done the same thing; on April 15, 2019, it announced that its withholding forms for 2019 will remain the same as 2018, but expects to revise the form and guidance for 2019. Continue reading “Avoiding Tax Return Shock”