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Gary Samms Quoted in Law360

GarySamms was quoted in, "Hospital, Doctors Can't Shake Claims In Negligence Action," in Law360. Click here to view the full article.

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Former Congressman Joins Obermayer

Former U.S. Congressman Michael G. Fitzpatrick joined the law firm of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP as a partner in the firm’s Litigation Department. He will reside in the firm’s Philadelphia office.Mr. Fitzpatrick was elected four times to the U.S. House of Representatives in Pennsylvania’s Eighth Congressional District (109th, ...

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Closing the Salary Gap: Mayor Kenney Signs Philadelphia’s First Pay Equity Bill

Last month, Philadelphia’s City Council unanimously approved a pay equity bill — priming Philadelphia to become the first city in the nation to adopt comprehensive “wage-gap” legislation. Continue Reading

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January Tax Tidbits

Tax Tips for January 2017 are listed below. Rev Rul 2017-02, 2017-3 IRB January 2017 Rates:  Section 7520 Rate: 2.4% Annual Short Term AFR (0‐3 years): 0.96% Annual Mid Term AFR  (3‐9 years): 1.97% Annual Long Term AFR (over 9 years): 2.75% Continue Reading

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Department of Labor Refuses to Let the Clock Run Out on the Persuader Rule…How about Overtime?

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Labor filed a notice of appeal of District Judge Sam R. Cummings’ November order that blocked the Department of Labor’s controversial “persuader rule.” The rule, discussed by HRLegalist when it was announced in March 2016, required employers to disclose their agreements with outside consultants hir...

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Family Law Attorney Shari Veisblatt featured in 2017 edition of Suburban Family Life, "A New Start for a New Year"

Obermayer’s Family Law Practice attorney Shari B. Veisblatt is profiled in Suburban Family Magazine/2017 Health & Wellness Guide’s (Volume 7, Issue 10) cover and in the article, “A New Start for a New Year.”  Click here to read the article.

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Changes to Section 3301(D) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code

For many, many years, the plaintiff to a unilateral, no-fault divorce proceeding, as set forth under Section 3301(d) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, had to wait no less than two years before he or she could request the entry of a final decree in divorce from his or her estranged spouse. Under such grounds, the plaintiff had to file a divorce ...

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Time is of the Essence When Reporting a Breach of PHI

 The failure to timely report a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) has cost Presence Health (one of the largest health systems in Illinois) almost half of a million dollars. Earlier this month, Presence Health agreed to pay $475,000 and enter into a corrective action plan (CAP) with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) based ...

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The Party's Over: Changes to the Philadelphia Realty Transfer Tax Obligations

An ordinance amending the Philadelphia realty transfer tax (RTT) chapter of the Philadelphia Code was enacted on December 8, 2016, and will come into effect on July 1, 2017.  The ordinance makes two primary changes to the city RTT.  (The 1% state RTT is not affected.)  (1)  Goodbye 89/11, hello 74/26.  Under current law, a "real estate compan...

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Nina Stryker Receives 2016 Distinguished Estate Planner Award

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP partner Nina B. Stryker received the “2016 Distinguished Estate Planner Award,” which is presented annually by the Philadelphia Estate Planning Council.  The award honors an individual for outstanding contributions in the field of estate planning. Chair of the firm’s Trusts & Estates Department...

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