New Jersey Minimum Wage Increased to $8.25 per Hour, with Automatic Future Increases Tied to the Consumer Price Index

by Michael D. Thompson

New Jersey voters have approved a ballot question that will raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour, and to provide for future increases based on changes in the consumer price index.

After Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the minimum wage increase earlier this year, both houses of the New Jersey Legislature approved a referendum on the issue.  Accordingly, voters were asked: 

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Woman of Power 2013 Leadership & Networking Conference (Anne Owings Ford)

This is it! A national conference that embraces the complete woman, one that helps us be bolder players in business and stronger in our overall lives. McDonald Hopkins attorney Anne Owings Ford will be a speaker at the upcoming Woman of Power Leadership & Networking Conference.

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Multistate Tax Update — November 7, 2013

Ohio: Another state with a constitutional prohibition on same-sex marriage issues special form for same-sex couples

Last week, the Ohio Department of Taxation (the “Department”) issued Schedule IT S, entitled Federal AGI To Be Reported by Same-Gender Taxpayers Filing a Joint Federal Return. This form is used to separate various line items that would be reported together on a same-sex married couple’s federal tax return. The only filing status options available for such couples who are legally married in another state are single, or if qualified, head of household. 

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Woman of Power 2013 Leadership & Networking Conference (Anne Owings Ford)

This is it! A national conference that embraces the complete woman, one that helps us be bolder players in business and stronger in our overall lives. McDonald Hopkins attorney Anne Owings Ford will be a speaker at the upcoming Woman of Power Leadership & Networking Conference.

When:
Thursday, November 7, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m.

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Elderly couple’s double suicide raises the issue of physician-assisted death

A news item was posted on CBC news on October 30, 2013 after an elderly couple plunged 18 stories from their penthouse apartment to their death in Toronto.  The article quoted mental health experts who say that suicide rates are climbing among the elderly. Given the increasing demographic bulge of aging baby boomers, that is an alarming fact.  An increasing number of lawyers are developing an elder law practice to address the many challenges faced by elderly adults.

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Wind Energy Development in British Columbia Lags Rest of Canada

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) released a map showing 7,051 MW of installed wind energy capacity across Canada. According to CanWEA, the top three wind generating provinces are: Ontario (2,366 MW), Quebec (1,866 MW) and Alberta (1,117 MW).

British Columbia lags the rest of Canada with only 3 operating wind projects (Bear Mountain, Dokie Ridge, and Quality) comprising a paltry 390 MW.  More are on the way however. Cape Scott (100 MW) is expected to come online soon and Tumbler Ridge and Meikle were awarded EPA’s with BC Hydro under the 2008 clean power call.

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Robert E. McKenzie has active month of speaking engagements

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Robert E. McKenzie

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Robert E. McKenzie once again had a busy speaking schedule during October. He presented multiple classes on tax representation in California, Hawaii, Nevada and Illinois and also participated in a national webinar. Organizations he presented at included the Illinois CPA society, the William Blair & Co., the Hawaii Society of Enrolled Agents, UCLA, the IRS Symposium, the National Society of Accountants, the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers, and the Chicago Bar Association.

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Michael Gesas contributes to Law360 article on new bankruptcy fee guidelines

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Michael Gesas

Arnstein & Lehr Chicago Partner Michael L. Gesas contributed to a recent Law360 article titled, “New Bankruptcy Fee Guidelines Won’t Hurt Attys’ Paydays,” that was published on October 28. The article discusses new, stricter attorney fee guidelines that have recently been implemented for the first time in 17 years.

To read the article in full, please click here.

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Ronald Fieldstone travels to China, meets with migration agents on EB-5 initiatives

Ronald Fieldstone

Arnstein & Lehr Miami Partner Ronald R. Fieldstone recently returned from Beijing and Shenzhen, China, where he presented to one of the countries three largest migration agents on securities compliance, securities due diligence and pre-immigration tax planning. Migration agents are middle persons that promote EB-5 regional centers’ offerings abroad and assist prospective EB-5 investors with their personal and financial paperwork for a fee. They must be licensed to work with applicants in the United States.

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Rainmaking Recommendation from Jaimie Field: What to Expect When They’re Expecting

It’s the first Wednesday of the month (how is it already November?) and that means it’s time for a rainmaking recommendation from expert Jaimie Field, Esq!

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Great client service is about the client.

I know, how trite. But so true!

However, you need to understand that each client is truly different from each other. There will be some clients who will want to talk to you every hour on the hour. There will be others who don’t want to hear from you unless you have something to say. There are some who will want to nickel and dime you for every bill and others who will not even look at the total when they send the check.

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