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Paycheck Protection Loan Program: Are Independent Contractors Included? How Do I Apply?

Paycheck Protection Loan Program: Are Independent Contractors Included? How Do I Apply?

April 6th, 2020

We have been getting a lot of questions regarding whether or not independent contractor payments are included in the PPP Loan Program.  The answer is NO.   This is a program for employees, not independent contractors.   If you are structured as a 1099 payer, you are NOT eligible for to obtain forgiveness under this program as…(read more)

How Do I Apply For A Small Business Exemption Under the FFCRA?

How Do I Apply For A Small Business Exemption Under the FFCRA?

April 3rd, 2020

The DOL is expected to issue guidance for small employers with less than 50 employees to obtain an exemption under the FFCRA.   Here is what the DOL has said on that exemption: “When does the small business exemption apply to exclude a small business from the provisions of the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act and…(read more)

Who Is A Health Care Provider Under the FFCRA?

Who Is A Health Care Provider Under the FFCRA?

April 3rd, 2020

The Department of Labor has issued guidelines in connection with the FFCRA.   The formal regulations will not be published until April 6, 2020.   We had expected the DOL to utilize the same definition of “health care provider” as in the previous FMLA.   Unfortunately, based on the FAQs that the DOL has published, there appears to…(read more)

New Jersey Laws Passed in Response to Coronavirus

New Jersey Laws Passed in Response to Coronavirus

March 25th, 2020

New Jersey recently passed several laws in response to the Coronavirus crisis. Two of those potentially impact mental health providers and their clients. New Jersey Assembly Bill A-3843Assembly Bill A-3843 would require health insurance companies (including health, hospital and medical service corporations, health maintenance organizations and insurers) authorized to do business in New Jersey; New Jersey…(read more)

Can I See My Client in My NJ Office During The COVID-19 Emergency?

Can I See My Client in My NJ Office During The COVID-19 Emergency?

March 24th, 2020

Many New Jersey psychotherapists have been conducting therapy sessions with their clients using remote technologies during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. But what about those clients for whom such remote therapy is clinically inappropriate or for whom the technology is inaccessible or too difficult for them to effectively use?  Can a New Jersey mental health clinician…(read more)

Mental Health Practice: Ethical Policies

Mental Health Practice: Ethical Policies

March 24th, 2020

Establishing an ethically strong practice is one of the most important factors as a reputable mental healthcare professional. Patient confidentiality is the law. Therefore, it establishes a sense of trust in the patient-to-health-provider relationship. In today’s digital world, sometimes it can be a bit difficult to navigate these mental health practice relationships. Read on for…(read more)

New Flexibility in the Provision of Telehealth During the Covid-19 National 						Public Health Emergency

New Flexibility in the Provision of Telehealth During the Covid-19 National Public Health Emergency

March 23rd, 2020

New Jersey mental health professionals should be aware of some recently announced guidance from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 national public health emergency.             OCR has announced that it is waiving penalties against covered health care…(read more)

Estate Planning in New Jersey

Estate Planning in New Jersey

March 10th, 2020

Estate planning is a way for people to plan what will happen to their assets after their death. While this topic may seem depressing, it is very important to have a solid plan. Even if you are currently healthy, it may be a good idea to go ahead and start to plan for the distribution…(read more)

New Jersey Licensing Board Investigation Do’s and Don’ts

New Jersey Licensing Board Investigation Do’s and Don’ts

February 25th, 2020

Worried about being investigated by your New Jersey professional licensing board (“Board”)?  If so, we’ve got good news and bad news for you.  The good news? Most professionals complete their careers without ever being investigated by their Board. The bad news? Board complaints, at least in New Jersey, are relatively easy to file. Thousands are…(read more)

A Beginner’s Guide to Being the Executor of an Estate

A Beginner’s Guide to Being the Executor of an Estate

February 11th, 2020

If you are appointed the executor of an estate in New Jersey, consulting a lawyer can make the process smoother. An executor is responsible for overseeing the management and distribution of a deceased individual’s estate. An estate includes savings, investments, real estate, and other valuables. If you’re new to being an executor, here are a…(read more)