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Involved Versus Committed: Does My Community Associations Need a Social Media Policy?

Across the green from Becker’s Morristown office is a delightful restaurant named “The Committed Pig.” When you walk in the door, a sign on the wall explains the restaurant’s interesting moniker: the best way to describe the difference between involvement and commitment is “bacon & eggs” the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed […]

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John S. Prisco Named CAI NJ’s “Speaker of the Year”

We are thrilled to announce Becker shareholder John S. Prisco has been named “Speaker of the Year” by the Community Association Institute’s New Jersey Chapter. John earned this recognition for leading a November 2023 webinar, “Preparing for the Future—Continuity Planning for Community Associations.”  In his discussion, John shared his insights on disaster preparedness and the […]

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The Impact of the New Department of Labor Rule on Worker Classification and Ensuring Proper Classification of Workers

In the early 2000s, employers and established businesses rarely sought out the work of independent contractors. Now decades later this has changed significantly as employers are relying more and more on independent contractors instead of employees. While using independent contractors can have certain benefits, there can also be certain risks especially when it comes to […]

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Addressing Burdensome Records Requests via the Rule-Making Power of Condominium Associations

Records requests can become quite daunting when a board of directors is faced with a high volume of demands from unit owners asserting their right of inspection of the association’s official records. Section 718.111(12)(c)(1) of the Florida Condominium Act (“Act”) permits condominium associations to “adopt reasonable rules regarding the frequency, time, location, notice, and manner […]

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So, You Received a Written Inquiry

Your community association has just received, by certified mail, a letter from a unit owner with several questions about the operation of the Association. What do you do next? First and foremost, you should always ensure that your community association’s legal counsel is promptly notified of such inquiries because receipt alone may trigger time sensitive […]

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Not In My Backyard! Regulating Short-Term Vacation Rentals with Texas Attorney David Schwarte

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! It’s a complex issue that is reshaping neighborhoods and communities across the country. We are talking about Airbnb, a homestay rental experience that has quickly become a major disruptor in the global hospitality industry. It’s also become a major security concern in many private […]

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From Developer to Homeowners: A Brief Overview of Transition in New Jersey Community Associations

Congratulations on becoming homeowners in your new community! As you settle in and start to personalize your spaces, an important milestone awaits: the transfer of control from the developer to the unit owners. This process, known as “transition,” marks the moment when you and your fellow residents take the reins of your community, shaping its […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 26

Shutdown Showdown House and Senate lawmakers return to Washington this week, cutting short their President’s Day recess in an attempt to pass a full appropriations bill ahead of a partial government shutdown this Friday (and a full shutdown next Friday).  The leadership of both parties will meet with President Joe Biden this week at the […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 7, February 19 – February 23, 2024

“Where Are We in the Process?” As the legislative session approaches its conclusion, it’s a critical time for many bills that are still in the pipeline. The 50th Day, a significant milestone in the legislative calendar, is on Tuesday, February 27th. This day marks a period when the focus sharpens on advancing bills through the […]

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“Term Limit Law Still 2 Years Away” – News-Press

Q: My condominium association will be having its annual meeting soon, which will include an election for members to the board of directors. Some of our board members have served for numerous years, and I understood that there are now term limits on the number of years a board member could serve. What is the […]

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Becker Spotlight: Martin Cabalar on Developer Transition, Construction Defects, & New Jersey’s Structural Integrity and Reserve Funding Law

Recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers as a ‘Rising Star,’ if you spend a few minutes with Martin Cabalar, you’ll realize it’s true. Cabalar, a shareholder in Becker’s New Jersey office, is part of the firm’s community association and construction litigation practice groups. He wears several hats, from serving as General Counsel for community associations […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 6, February 12 – February 16, 2024

40-Day Count Down We have now completed 40 days of the 60-day 2024 Legislative Session. The focus is now shifting to bills being heard on the floor as opposed to committee meetings. For those bills that have been assigned to committees but have not been heard, the likelihood of them passing this session is minimal. […]

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Mental Health and Wellness Committee: 2023 Year-In-Review

 Becker’s Mental Health and Wellness Committee would like to share our 2023 Year-in-Review video and thank everyone who participated in our many events, including our Speaker Series, Hydration Challenge, Nutrition Challenge, Meditation Challenge, and Gratitude Challenge. At Becker, we’re not just about legal expertise – we prioritize mental health education. From insightful guest speakers […]

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Navigating Defamation Lawsuits and Non-Compete Clauses with Keith Grumer, of Grumer Law

For more episodes of Take It To The Board, click here! The topic of defamation has become more prevalent as civil discourse has eroded. Unfortunately, sometimes it is the rare board member and/or manager who has not been subject to some form of potential slander or libel throughout their course of community association service. Host Donna […]

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 5, February 5 – February 9, 2024

Halfway Mark The legislative session reached its “halfway” mark, Day 30, on Wednesday, February 7th.  Legislators are now heading into the second half of the 2024 session with both chambers having passed only 12 bills thus far.  Many of those bills are technical statutory revision bills required each year to make updates and delete provisions […]

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Becker’s Washington Weekly: Week of February 12

Congress Back in Town The House and Senate return to Washington this week with a packed legislative agenda before leaving town for their Presidents Day week-long recess. The majority of House bills set for the week will be taken up on expedited procedures and deal with international issues, including human rights abuses in China, Indo-Pacific […]

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“Statute Of Limitations Apply to Associations” – News-Press

Q: My homeowners’ association recently sent me a notice stating that I had to remove a number of tree stumps in my back yard. The stumps are from trees that were removed following Hurricane Irma. Nothing has changed since those trees were cut down over five years ago. I don’t understand why my association is […]

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Becker Advises the Quick Group on Yachting Marine Service Acquisition

New York, NY, February 9, 2024 – Becker & Poliakoff’s Corporate and International Practice Group acted as U.S. counsel to Quick S.p.A., and its wholly-owned subsidiary Quick USA, Inc., on its acquisition of Yachting Marine Service.  Gatti Pavesi Bianchi Ludovici Studio Legale, led by corporate partner Andrea Giardino and associate Gianmarco Melillo, represented Quick S.p.A. […]

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“A ‘CliffsNotes’ Guide for New Condominium Board Members” – FCAP Managers Report

The election is over, and you have earned a coveted seat on your condominium association’s board of directors. Now what? This helpful guide will provide you with a “CliffsNotes” version of important things to remember as you embark on your journey as a director. What exactly does a member of the board of directors do? […]

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Michael Gongora Recognized in Florida Legal Awards by the Daily Business Review

Becker is proud to announce Michael Gongora, a community association Shareholder at our Miami office, has been named as a finalist in The Daily Business Review’s 2024 Florida Legal Awards. Michael is an honoree in the diversity and inclusion category. Michael is a political trailblazer as the first openly gay Hispanic to win elected office […]

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Take It To The Board Podcast Ranks in the Top 10% of Most Popular Podcasts by

Becker is thrilled to announce our Take It To The Board podcast ranks in the top 10% of most popular podcasts globally by podcast search engine and database,  Additionally, the podcast’s listen score, a metric that shows the estimated popularity compared to all public podcasts in the world, ranks 28. There are more than […]

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CALL ALERT: Strike-All Amendment to HB 1021

Representative Lopez’s HB 1021 just passed the Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee with a strike-all amendment without objection and will be heard next in the State Administration & Technology Appropriations Subcommittee. The Senate counterpart to this bill, Senator Bradley’s SB 1178, does not currently match up.

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Becker’s State Lobbying Update: Week 4, January 29 – February 2, 2024

Budget HB 5001- General Appropriations Act by House Appropriations Committee and Chair Leek SB 2500- Appropriations by Senate Appropriations Committee The budgets proposed by the House and Senate were heard in the Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, January 31. Lawmakers discussed the spending plan for the upcoming year with the House proposing a spending package of […]

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