Blocked by lobbyists for years, law puts more aides in N.J. nursing homes after 7,400 deaths

They feed, bathe and comfort residents of long-term care facilities, but the thousands of certified nursing aides who work in New Jersey’s nursing homes for little pay have said for years that their workload is often too much to handle.

On Friday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill that will require operators beginning in early 2021 to increase the number of aides in each facility and for the first time set a ratio for the number of residents an aide is asked to handle.

The legislation had been vigorously blocked by industry lobbyists and some lawmakers for five years, but there was a renewed urgency to get the bill passed after the coronavirus pandemic claimed the lives of an estimated 7,400 long-term care residents in New Jersey — more than any other state based on population size.

Compliance will cost the industry $30 million or $5 a day per resident,

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Queen’s University strips Sir John A Macdonald’s name from law school building

Queen’s University will remove the name of Canada’s first prime minister from the building that houses its law school, the university said Monday.

The university’s board of trustees approved the decision to strip Sir John A. Macdonald’s name from the building following a recommendation from law school dean Mark Walters and a report from a special committee.

In a statement posted on its website, the university said the decision to rename the building followed a two-month public consultation process that saw more than 3,000 members of the Queen’s community submit feedback.

“In particular, we now have a richer and better understanding of the hurtful views and policies (Macdonald) and his government advanced in relation to Indigenous peoples and racial minorities,” Walters said in the written statement.

Macdonald, also known as “Father of Confederation,” has been criticized for his role at the head of a government that created the Indian Act

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California Law Prioritizes People Over Corporate Home-Buyers | California News

By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tenants, affordable housing groups and local governments will get first crack at buying foreclosed homes under a measure approved Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The bill is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession. The issue drew national attention a year ago when several homeless mothers calling themselves Moms 4 Housing moved into a vacant, corporate-owned house in West Oakland.

It was among 15 bills Newsom signed into law as renters and home-buyers again struggle during mass layoffs prompted by the pandemic. The governor said the measures “will directly lead to more affordable opportunities for renters and homeowners.”

The law bars sellers of foreclosed homes from bundling them at auction for sale to a single buyer. In addition, it will allow tenants, families, local governments, affordable housing

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California Law Determines Who Has ‘First Dibs’ on Foreclosures

A new law in California will restrict anyone selling foreclosed homes from bundling them at auction for sale to a single buyer.

In addition, the law paves the way for tenants, families, local governments, affordable housing nonprofits, and community land trusts to beat the best auction bid to purchase the foreclosed land. Under the new rule, these entities will receive a 45-day head start, or “first dibs” on said property, according to a report in the Daily Bulletin. 

The bill, approved early this week by Gov. Gavin Newsom, “is designed to keep corporations from snapping up homes and letting some fall into disrepair as they did during the Great Recession,” the paper reported.

A report by Reveal suggests that the enactment “seeks to prevent a repeat of history.” And there is evidence, the organization reports, that it won’t work.

The bill’s author, Democratic state Sen. Nancy Skinner of Berkeley, told

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New Law Aims To Increase CA Home Ownership

CALIFORNIA — A bill prompted by the Moms 4 Housing occupation of a vacant West Oakland home late last year and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom this week aims to increase homeownership in the state.

Senate Bill 1079, introduced by state Senate Majority Whip Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, requires foreclosed homes to be sold individually at auction rather than bundled and sold to a single buyer.

Following the Great Recession, corporations snatched up large numbers of homes in bundled foreclosure sales.

Between 2006 and 2012, the number of owner-occupied single-family homes in California dropped by 320,000, while the number of renter-occupied single-family homes jumped by 720,000, according to the senator’s office.

“SB 1079 sends a clear message to Wall Street: California homes are not yours to gobble up; we won’t tolerate another corporate takeover of housing,” Skinner said in a statement.

Four homeless women in late 2019 moved themselves into a

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Proposed Regulations for Tax-Deferred Exchanges of Real Estate | Law Accounting

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) limited the ability of taxpayers to engage in a tax-deferred exchange (1031 exchange) in property held for investment or business use.  The TCJA removed the ability to engage in a 1031 exchange for any property other than real property.  Gone are the days of a tax-deferred trade of equipment, vehicles, or other tangible personal property used in a trade or business.  But now we need a better definition of what constitutes real estate for this purpose.

Prior regulations mainly focused on the determination of whether property was of “like-kind” instead of whether it was actually “real estate.”  Local law was also considered as a determining factor.  The authors of the TCJA made it clear that the ability of real estate to be exchanged in a 1031 exchange should be unchanged, so a clear definition of what constitutes “real estate” for this purpose is

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What is Intellectual Property Law?

Intellectual property very broadly indicates the legal rights which consequence from intellectual activity in the industrial, scientific, literary and artistic fields. Countries have laws to guard intellectual property for two main reasons. One is to provide statutory expression to the moral and economic rights of creators in their creations in addition to the rights of the public in access to those creations. The second is to encourage, as a deliberate act of Government policy, creativity as well as the dissemination and application of its results and to support fair trading which would contribute to economic in addition to social development.

Generally intellectual property law endeavors at safeguarding creators and other producers of intellectual goods and services by granting them assured time-limited rights to control the use made of those productions. Those rights do not affect to the physical object in which the creation may be embodied but instead to the … Read More

Real Estate Law 101

Real Estate 101: The Statute of Frauds is a really old law that originated in England in 1677. It requires that certain transactions must be in writing, signed by the party to be charged, basically the person being sued. Real estate purchases are one of the transactions covered by the statute of frauds. In real estate transactions, the SOF further requires that the writing contain a description of the property, a description of the parties, the price, and any agreed to conditions of price or payment.

There are a few exceptions to this rule. Part Performance is when someone has paid all or part of the purchase price, taken possession, and / or made substantial improvements to the land. For example, if Bob made an oral contract with Sue to buy property, paid her a down payment of 25% of the agreed purchase price, and built a house on the … Read More

Intellectual Property Law: What It Is

Many people have heard, read, spoken, written, or signed documents with the phrase "intellectual property". But do they always know what intellectual property, or IP, entails? When beginning with a new employer, there is often a confidentiality clause or document that includes an IP reference, usually to the effect that any creations of the mind resulting from employment or at employment are the property of the employer. Most sign these documents and aren't always sure what they are agreeing to.

Intellectual property law covers a wide spread of legal territory, from trademark and copyright, to inventions, to design, to creative aspects such as writing, music and art. The practice of IP law may be protecting those who are the creators of new ideas or designs or may defend the company with the IP clause in the contract. For example, an intellectual property attorney may help an inventor or entrepreneur file … Read More

What is Property Law

Property law falls into the common law legal system and concerns all aspects of ownership of 'real' property (land ownership as opposed to ownership of movable possessions) and personal property (movable possessions).

The concept of property law has been around since the days of ancient Rome and the emperor Justinian's Corpus Juris Civilis, which was concerned with dividing civil law into three categories: personal status, property and acquisition of property. The concept of property law as we know it today first evolved out of France's feudal system and was the first successful implementation of such a law, called the Napoleonic Code, based on Justinian's ideals.

Thus property has gone from lying in the hands of the monarchs and feudal systems of the middle ages to total rights of the individual property owner. However, civil law to this day still distinguishes between property laws surrounding immovable possessions, like land, and property … Read More