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Planning for the Future in HOAs: Start with Knowing the Past

Planning for the Future in HOAs: Start with Knowing the Past

Feb 02, 2024
The new year is a great time to plan for the future. There are many useful articles and resources discussing planning for an HOA community’s physical and financial future needs, and it’s great to see that reserve studies and professional property inspections are now common.
Top 10 Reasons Employers Need an Employee Handbook

Top 10 Reasons Employers Need an Employee Handbook

Jan 05, 2024
Top 10 Reasons Employers Need an Employee Handbook. Make it Your New Year’s Resolution to Adopt an Employee Handbook or Update Your Existing Handbook for Workplace Success
The U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Meaning of “Undue Hardship” For Religious Accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Meaning of “Undue Hardship” For Religious Accommodations under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Jul 28, 2023
In short, the Groff decision changed the legal landscape, making it more difficult for employers to deny requests religious accommodations. A de minimis increase in costs no longer constitutes an undue hardship and employers will need to accommodate requests unless there are “substantial increased costs in relation to the conduct of its particular business.”
The Bears Are Bulking Up:  A Lesson on Framing and Enforcing Community Rules

The Bears Are Bulking Up: A Lesson on Framing and Enforcing Community Rules

Jul 21, 2023
According to the Fish and Wildlife Department, the past several years have seen an increase in bear incidents, with high numbers of bear home break-ins, and two bear attacks in 2022, apparently due to a “healthy black bear population learning to associate people and food over multiple generations.”
Primmer Attorney Named as One of the Most Influential Corporate Lawyers Shaping Vermont’s Commercial Scene

Primmer Attorney Named as One of the Most Influential Corporate Lawyers Shaping Vermont’s Commercial Scene

Jul 18, 2023
Mark Scribner, an attorney with Burlington-based firm, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer has been recognized as a top corporate law attorney with Business Today.
VT & NH Litigation During COVID-19

VT & NH Litigation During COVID-19

Aug 27, 2020
Like most businesses relying on in-person interaction, the coronavirus has also disrupted both the state and federal court systems. In March, a series of orders closed the courts for most hearings and extended deadlines or statutes of limitations.
Vermont Estate Tax Update

Vermont Estate Tax Update

Jun 27, 2019
Vermont Department of Taxes imposes an estate tax on the transfer of Vermont estates of decedents dying while a resident of Vermont. Currently, Vermont law provides for a $2,750,000 exemption from an estate tax.
Microsoft: What it means for captives

Microsoft: What it means for captives

Apr 25, 2019
By now, most in the captive insurance industry know about the Cease and Desist Order issued last year by the elected Washington Insurance Commissioner (the “Commissioner”) to Cypress, Microsoft’s Arizona-domiciled captive. The Commissioner ordered Cypress to stop transacting insurance and to pay Washington tax on its premiums, as well as interest and penalties. The dispute settled for $876,820, and Cypress issues its policies through a surplus lines broker.
New Standards for Determining Joint-Employer Status

New Standards for Determining Joint-Employer Status

Oct 08, 2018
On September 14, 2018, The National Labor Relations Board (the Board) issued a proposed regulation to establish the standard for determining whether two “employers” are joint employers of a group of employees under the National Labor Relations Act. The Rule can be found on the Federal Register website.
2018 Vermont Energy Legislative Updates

2018 Vermont Energy Legislative Updates

Jan 10, 2018
New Year, new energy bills to review. On January 3rd, the legislature returned for the 2018 session, presenting several new energy bills that may impact you and your business.