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In March 2014, the NJ Supreme Court directed the NJ Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) to adopt rules and regulations for municipalities to address their obligations for the period 1999-2024. Rules and regulations were proposed and on October 20, 2014 COAH met to consider these for adoption. The deadline for adoption as required by the Court was October 22, 2014, but COAH was deadlocked 3-3 on the adoption of the rules and regulations and with a tie vote, the adoption failed. Without the rules and regulations being adopted, the matter of figuring out municipal affordable housing obligations could return to court. New Jersey Future, a non-profit organization which focuses on housing policy for New Jersey, is convening an Affordable Housing Roundtable on November 13, 2014 to discuss the direction or lack of direction that the state is providing for affordable housing. Edwin W. Schmierer, Esq., a firm Director, has been invited to participate in the roundtable. Mr. Schmierer and the firm represent approximately thirty-five municipalities (governing bodies, land use boards, special counsel for affordable housing) throughout the state and have been providing advice and direction in the area of affordable housing even befor the adoption of the NJ Fair Housing Act of 1985. It is hoped that from the roundtable discussions public policy relating to the delivery of affordable housing can be formulated and shared with the NJ State Legislature in an attempt to clarify and move forward on the municipal constitutional obligation to provide for the development of affordable housing.
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In a recent decision (Justin Wild v. Carriage Funeral Holdings, Inc.), the New Jersey Supreme Court determined that an employee who is fired for using medical marijuana outside the workplace may bring a claim for disability discrimination under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Mason, Griffin & Pierson Attorney, Elizabeth Zuckerman, who argued the cause for Amicus Curiae National Employment Lawyers Association of New Jersey, stated the "decision is a win for employees who test positive for marijuana due to their lawful use of medical marijuana outside the workplace."
Jeanne-Marie Scollo has become an Associate with Mason, Griffin & Pierson, P.C. She earned her J.D from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She is a member of the firm's Local Government Law and Litigation Practice Groups. Ms. Scollo brings over nine years of previous legal experience to the firm. She served as Deputy County Counsel for Middlesex County from 2014 to 2019 and was previously a solo practitioner in New Brunswick. Ms. Scollo is admitted in New Jersey and New York and is a member of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, Mercer County, Middlesex County, and New Jersey State Bar Associations.