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On Wednesday, March 14, 2018, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia’s Real Estate affinity group (JFRE) hosted Mayor Kenney and Seth Shapiro, COO of The Goldenberg Group and Chairman of the Board of Philadelphia Gas Works, to discuss the City of Philadelphia’s 2019 fiscal Budget and its impacts on the City’s businesses and real estate industry. The event took place at the brand new luxury apartment building located at 1213 Walnut Street. Shapiro and Kenney discussed the following:

  • Improving educational outcomes and workforce readiness
  • Improving the Philadelphia school system and increasing wages
  • Increasing Philadelphia property taxes
  • Increasing Philadelphia’s realty transfer tax

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On February 20, 2018 Kang Haggerty and Fetbroyt LLC published a memorandum on the New Municipal Land Use Law.

JG-head-shot-200x300On January 15, 2018, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed into law Senate Bill No. 3233, effective immediately, which reforms requirements under N.J.S.A. 40:55D-1 et seq., also referred to as the Municipal Land Use Law (MLUL). The amendments under the MLUL modify the requirements for performance and maintenance guarantees required for developers. Under the new, more developer-friendly law, “the developer shall furnish a performance guarantee in favor of the municipality in an amount not to exceed 120% of the cost of installation of only those improvements required by an approval or developer’s agreement, ordinance, or regulation to be dedicated to a public entity, and that have not yet been installed.”

In the past, the municipality had expansive authority to require performance guarantees for improvements deemed “necessary or appropriate.” N.J.S.A. 40:55D-53. Additionally, the list of improvements subject to performance guarantees from developers (and in favor of the municipality) are now limited to the following: streets, pavement, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, street trees, surveyor’s monuments, water mains, community septic systems, drainage structures, public improvements of open space, and any grading necessitated by the preceding improvements.

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By Jason Guss

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Restrictive covenants are contractual clauses that limit an employee’s post-employment activities for a specified length of time and geographic area.  Their enforceability varies by state and by profession.  For example, restrictive covenants are unenforceable in the legal profession but are enforceable in the medical profession. The American Medical Association, however, discourages restrictive covenants between physicians. Yet it deems them ethical unless they are excessive in geographic scope or duration, or fail to reasonably accommodate patients’ choice of physician.

The determination of whether a restrictive covenant is reasonable is a factual one that is assessed on a case-by-case basis: courts weigh the competing interests of the employee versus the employer, and typically the burden is on the employer to demonstrate that the restrictive covenant protects the employer’s interests without posing an undue hardship on the employee.