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October 2015 Archives

Same-sex marriages recognized by IRS

New Jersey residents may be interested in learning that same-sex marriages are now recognized nationwide by the Internal Revenue Service, following the June 2015 Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. In that case, the plaintiff who was in a same-relationship with his dying partner in Ohio, which did not recognized same-sex marriages, flew with his partner to Maryland, a state that did, to get married in order to become eligible for survivors' benefits.

What are the odds of dying in a car crash?

Even though car crash fatalities have been on a steady decline in recent years, drivers in New Jersey and nationwide still face considerable risk when they get behind the wheel. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are one of the highest probability causes of death in the U.S.

Companies opting out of workers' compensation

When workers in New Jersey are injured on the job, they can usually apply for medical coverage through their employer's workers' compensation plan. However, many employers are now opting out of workers' compensation and developing their own rules for compensating injured workers. Opting out of workers' compensation has become most popular in Texas, where a lawyer first pioneered the idea.

Liability for self-driving car accidents in New Jersey

Self-driving cars have become more common in the last few years, and many people are aware of Google's fleet of vehicles that have been seen on California roadways. However, several other car manufacturers have gotten on the autonomous vehicle bandwagon, including Volvo, Tesla and Mercedes-Benz.

New Jersey workers and wireless safety stations

New Jersey workers who have been injured in a work-related accident may find interest in OSHA-recommended wireless safety systems. These systems are designed to combat the issues that often arise from a lack of monitoring at workplace safety stations. Safety showers and eye baths are common examples of safety stations that often go unused in industrial workplaces.

First offshore wind farm has welding, safety issues

Welding and safety issues have been detected with the construction of the first U.S. offshore wind farm, and regulators are monitoring its construction. Meanwhile, the government has issued leases for more wind farms, one or two of which could be built off the coast of New Jersey.

Divorce and financial fraud

Financial fraud in New Jersey divorces is rare, but it does happen. If an individual suspects that their spouse is intentionally withholding information about marital assets, they might want to enlist the expertise of a forensic accountant. A forensic accountant may be able to compare tax returns, bank statements and other financial documents to look for fraud.

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