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Lois Gives back: Challenged Athletes Foundation

Thanks to all who helped us raise more than $11,000 during our fun run/walk fundraiser event on September 25, 2021!

Together we raised $11,618 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

Over the years the Challenged Athletes Foundation has supported over sixty thousand disabled athletes. Sixty thousand individuals who define perseverance, who define dedication, and who define hard work. As we have gotten to know their journeys the LOIS Firm has come alongside to partner with this great Foundation to help those with a disability pursue their goals in sport.

At LOIS, we believe that our work encouraging disabled employees to return to the dignity and purpose of work is just one of the ways that supports that recovery from traumatic injury. We know that people with physical challenges live full, active lives and part of that is through participation in sports and an active lifestyle.

Often times the expensive cost of adaptive sports equipment can be an obstacle that keeps those with physical disabilities on the sidelines. Most medical insurance does not cover adaptive sports equipment; they deem these “luxury” items. LOIS believes that sport is a right and works to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation in its work to overcome this economic barrier.

How the Challenged Athletes Foundation Serves People with Physical Challenges

  • Grants to individuals for sport related expenses not covered by insurance – adaptive sports equipment like prosthetic running feet, handcycles and sport wheelchairs. Travel, training and competition expenses.
  • Camps & clinics – running & mobility, para-triathlon, swimming, adaptive cycling, wheelchair basketball, sit volleyball and more.
  • Support for wounded veterans and first responders through Operation Rebound.
  • Mentorship & community to empower individuals, strengthen communities and create new opportunities for all.

What It All Costs

$30,000 = a set of prosthetic running legs for a growing child
$15,000 = outdoor chair for cycling on trails
$5,000 = a custom track chair
$3,000 = a racing chair
$2,500 = a basketball wheelchair
$2,000 = a Hockey Sled + equipment

New Jersey Creates “Preference” For Rehiring Permanently Disabled Employees

New Statute Creating “Hiring Preference”

On September 30, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law Assembly Bill A2617, which provides as follows:

Following a work-related injury, an employer shall provide a hiring preference to an employee who has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) and is unable to return to the position at which the employee was previously employed for any existing, unfilled position offered by the employer for which the employee can perform the essential functions of the position.

Who The New Law Applies to

The law creating preference only applies to employers with more than 50 (fifty) employees.

Read on for all the exemptions (below). 

Who Is Exempted From the New Law

1) The Preference Does Not Apply to Employers with Less Than Fifty (50) Employees.

Employers with less than 50 employees are exempted b the clear terms of the new law.

2) The Preference Does Not Apply to Contractors Subject to Prevailing Wage Law

The law states that it “shall not include a contractor as defined in section 3 of P.L.1999, c.238 (C.34:11-56.50).” The referenced law,  N.J.S.A. 34:11-56.50, defines “contractor” as

a person, partnership, association, joint stock company, trust, corporation, or other legal business entity or successor thereof who enters into a contract which is subject to the provisions of the “New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act,” P.L.1963, c.150 (C.34:11-56.25 et seq.), and includes any subcontractor or lower tier subcontractor of a contractor as defined herein.

The New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act (N.J.S.A. 34:11-56.25 et seq.) establishes a prevailing wage level for workers engaged in public works. It applies to public projects which are defined as follows: 

3) The Preference Does Not apply to Athletes Employed by Professional Sports Teams.

The law states that employers of athletes of professional sports teams are exempted from the preference. 

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Join LOIS in Supporting Challenged Athletes

Over the years the Challenged Athletes Foundation has supported over sixty thousand disabled athletes. Sixty thousand individuals who define perseverance, who define dedication, and who define hard work. As we have gotten to know their journeys the LOIS Firm has come alongside to partner with this great Foundation to help those with a disability pursue their goals in sport.

At LOIS, we believe that our work encouraging disabled employees to return to the dignity and purpose of work is just one of the ways that supports that recovery from traumatic injury. We know that people with physical challenges live full, active lives and part of that is through participation in sports and an active lifestyle.

Often times the expensive cost of adaptive sports equipment can be an obstacle that keeps those with physical disabilities on the sidelines. Most medical insurance does not cover adaptive sports equipment; they deem these “luxury” items. LOIS believes that sport is a right and works to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation in its work to overcome this economic barrier.

How the Challenged Athletes Foundation Serves People with Physical Challenges

  • Grants to individuals for sport related expenses not covered by insurance – adaptive sports equipment like prosthetic running feet, handcycles and sport wheelchairs. Travel, training and competition expenses.
  • Camps & clinics – running & mobility, para-triathlon, swimming, adaptive cycling, wheelchair basketball, sit volleyball and more.
  • Support for wounded veterans and first responders through Operation Rebound.
  • Mentorship & community to empower individuals, strengthen communities and create new opportunities for all.

What It All Costs

$30,000 = a set of prosthetic running legs for a growing child
$15,000 = outdoor chair for cycling on trails
$5,000 = a custom track chair
$3,000 = a racing chair
$2,500 = a basketball wheelchair
$2,000 = a Hockey Sled + equipment

What LOIS is Doing to Support Challenged Athletes

LOIS is sponsoring a 5k Walk for the Challenged Athletes Foundation on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. in Dunkerhook Park, Paramus, New Jersey.

LOIS is matching all donations made through the date of the event! This means that all donations made are doubled and will have an even greater impact in improving the lives of disabled athletes.

How You Can Get Involved!

Please join us in empowering individuals with physical disabilities around the world through sports. Individuals are welcomed to join us on our walk/run fundraiser and to make individual donations (matched by LOIS through September 25, 2021!)

If your company or employer would like to co-sponsor this event, please contact Greg Lois.

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Tashia Rasul on Best Practices in Dual Jurisdiction Claims at CLM Annual Meeting

LOIS Partner Tashia Rasul will participate in a panel “Best Practices for Dual Jurisdiction Claims” at the CLM Annual Conference in Orlando Florida on March 14, 2019. This is one of the largest professional conferences of its kind in the country, with more than 2,000 participants and the presentation explores the role of workers’ compensation defense counsel in coordinated multiple-jurisdiction cases. These types of cases are common in the New York construction litigation arena, where project owners and construction entities are often defending civil actions brought under New York’s Labor Law and a workers’ compensation claim prosecuted before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board.

Rasul leads the construction practice at the firm and represents a wide array of clients in the defense of workers’ compensation claims before the New York Workers’ Compensation Board, including construction contractors, general contractors, project owners, developers, architects, engineers and other professionals in all aspects of construction litigation.

LOIS is consistently regarded as a Firm that fights for construction clients with an unmatched track record. The Firm’s lawyers use their expertise and years of experience handling construction cases to fully defend construction injury claims. “I make a difference for my clients because I am hands-on with my cases,” says Rasul. “Sitting behind a desk and appearing in court comprise only a fraction of what I do for my clients. I visit constructions sites so I can learn about the projects and what is important to my clients. I also visit the sites so I can meet with the key players face-to-face, observe the accident location, and develop defense strategies.”

With six attorney partners and more than 17 associate attorneys, LOIS prides itself on giving each case the complete attention it deserves and requires at every step of the legal process. “Our promise to clients is that we will aggressively defend their case. We begin envisioning how the trial plays out the first day we take on a new matter from the client, ” says managing partner Greg Lois. “That has always been our recipe for success and my partner Tashia Rasul exemplifies the type of strong, dedicated advocate that we think best represents our clients.”

“I believe this approach makes a difference for my clients because it allows me to obtain first-hand knowledge of the job-site and where the accident occurred, as well as the parties that were involved, resulting in a well-rounded understanding of the underlying details of the case,” says Rasul “This in turn helps me to determine the evidence I need so I can piece a defense strategy together.”

Congratulations to 2018 Mock Trial Winners!

The 2018 Mock Trial Program

At LOIS we encourage and foster an atmosphere of career-long learning and training. Our workplace encourages collaboration between attorneys in an informal sense – discussing cases and clients and trading “best practices” among colleagues. The Firm also facilitates formal training programs such as our Mock Trial Program. This Program, chaired by Partner Christian Sison, took place over six month, beginning in February 2018 and culminating in a awards ceremony on September 21, 2018.

Each team and attorney prepared six trial-related events and presented to their peers and the partners. This included cross-examination of hostile witnesses and preparation of trial briefs. The events were graded on several factors, such as issue spotting, knowledge of the issue(s), persuasiveness, tone, grammar, and professionalism. While teams rotated during the competition, individual scores were tallied from month to month.

Our 2018 Winners are:

TOP LEFT: The 2018 Mock Trial overall attorney winner, Associate Attorney Joseph Melchionne (left) pictured with Program Chair Christian Sison.

TOP RIGHT: The 2018 Mock Trial first runner up (attorney) Christopher Major, pictured with Program Chair Christian Sison.

BOTTOM LEFT: The 2018 Mock Trial overall paralegal winner, Ashlee Allgayer (left) pictured with Program Chair Christian Sison.

BOTTOM RIGHT: The 2018 Mock Trial first runner up (paralegal) Amy Figueroa.

Congratulations to the winners and all who participated in this year’s program!

Training on 2018 New York Impairment Guidelines

2018 Impairment GuidelinesThe Board has adopted New Guidelines for Determining Impairment. These are the same Guidelines which were proposed in November 2017. The new Guidelines replace the prior methods of determining Scheduled Loss of Use for all claims where an impairment report was not submitted before January 1, 2018. For cases where an impairment rating report was submitted before January 1, 2018, the 2012 Guidelines will apply. The new Guidelines are here.

Training on the New Guidelines.

We will be running training on the new Guidelines, led by LOIS partner Christian Sison, on January 8, 2017 in multiple sessions. Register here:
Register for 12PM EST January 8 – New Guidelines Training
Register for 3PM EST January 8 – New Guidelines Training

Both webinars are LIVE and Questions-and-Answer sessions will be held.