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In an article published by Forbes Advisor on August 31, 2021, Partner Mariel Smith is quoted discussing whether employees who refuse to get vaccinated for COVID-19 as per their employer's policies might find themselves ineligible for unemployment benefits if they get fired. Employees have long understood that if they are fired, they can get unemployment benefits to tide them over until they find their next paycheck. But COVID-19 has

“To avoid suit over patient violence, assess and improve security – and document it,” Part B News In an article published by Part B News on July 19, 2021, Partner Mariel Smith is quoted discussing considerations for physician practices to limit liability related to patient violence. Recent news that a psychiatry resident at Penn Hospital in Philadelphia is suing the facility after a patient stabbed her brought questions of physician

Written by: Jacqueline Voronov, Esq and Robert Romeo It has been well over a year since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and the Department of Labor ("DOL") has finally issued its highly anticipated COVID workplace safety rules.  In January 2021, President Joe Biden issued an Executive Order ordering the DOL to consider issuing an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) addressing COVID-19. After numerous delays, the final ETS was issued

In an article published online and in print in the Tampa Bay Business Journal on April 16, 2021, Partners Ryan Rivas and Jacqueline Voronov discuss unionization efforts in the COVID-19 era. “The challenges faced by employers due to COVID-19 have emerged as fresh opportunities for unions to galvanize employees more easily than ever before,” the authors write. “Statistics suggest that, for many private employers, a union-organizing campaign could be

Written by: Mariel E. Smith, Esq. In a recent decision, Gil v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., the Eleventh Circuit held that websites are not "places of public accommodation" under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages or accommodations of any place of public accommodation.

In the 2021 edition of the New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine, the law firm of Hall Booth Smith (HBS) has once again been recognized for its outstanding legal work. Partners Jeffrey M. Daitz, Harry D. Norton, Jr. and Brian M. Murphy have all been named as Super Lawyers, and Attorney Brooke E. Reddin has been selected as a Rising Star. Jeffrey M. Daitz was recognized for his work in

Written by: Jacqueline Voronov, Esq. and Joseph A. Keane, Esq. A recent New Jersey Superior Court decision held that the Federal Arbitration Act ("FAA") trumps the 2019 Amendment to the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination ("NJLAD") that purported to ban mandatory pre-dispute employment arbitration agreements. Back on March 18, 2019, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed a law that amended the NJLAD in several irritating important ways.  You can read

In an article published by the Society for Human Resource Management on February 12, 2021, Partner Jacqueline Voronov is quoted discussing employees’ rights to refuse unsafe work and still receive unemployment compensation under a proposal in the Biden administration’s January 22 Executive Order. But legal experts have expressed concern that the guidance could lead to administrative complications as employers decipher whether employees appropriately refused unsafe working conditions, and also

SADDLE BROOK, N.J. – February 17, 2021 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) is delighted to welcome Attorney Joseph A. Keane to its growing office in Saddle Brook, New Jersey, as the firm expands in the greater New York region. Joseph focuses his practice on all aspects of labor and employment matters. He defends employment discrimination claims—including sexual harassment, hostile work environment, whistle-blowing, retaliation, wrongful discharge, defamation and misappropriation

In an article published by the Society for Human Resource Management on February 12, 2021, Partner Jacqueline Voronov is quoted discussing employees’ rights to refuse unsafe work and still receive unemployment compensation under a proposal in the Biden administration’s January 22 Executive Order. But legal experts have expressed concern that the guidance could lead to administrative complications as employers decipher whether employees appropriately refused unsafe working conditions, and also