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Well, That's a Surprise: Common Governance Pitfalls

Well, That's a Surprise: Common Governance Pitfalls

May 13, 2024
I regularly advise community association executive boards (often called boards of directors) and property managers that the governing documents – the declaration, bylaws and rules - should be regularly reviewed to ensure that they conform to current law. Here are some little known facts that HOA Boards should know.
Be Careful Not To Discriminate When Requiring An Employee To Transfer To A New Department

Be Careful Not To Discriminate When Requiring An Employee To Transfer To A New Department

Apr 23, 2024
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that a job transfer could serve as the basis of a discrimination claim under Title VII, without a showing of “significant” harm. In Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, Missouri, the Court rejected a significant harm requirement to bring such a claim, indicating that the claimant need only show some injury in their employment.
Corporate Transparency Act: Information for All Corporations, LLCs & Partnerships

Corporate Transparency Act: Information for All Corporations, LLCs & Partnerships

Mar 20, 2024
The Corporate Transparency Act went into effect on January 1, 2024. Are you wondering how this affects you? Use this helpful guide to navigate the act--whether you are part of a corporation, LLC or a partnership.
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.