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Yet Another New Form I-9 in Effect

In November 2016, HR Legalist announced that United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The most significant change was to make the form easier to complete and print using a computer.  Today, July 17, 2017, USCIS has introduced yet another revised For...

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Trade Vendor Victory — The Third Circuit Refines Eligibility for Administrative Claims Under § 503(b)(9)

It is hardly news that the seismic shift in buying habits towards travel and experiences and to internet shopping has dealt a devastating blow to many traditional brick and mortar retailers.  Retailers are going bankrupt at a record pace, and 2017 is on track to post the highest number of retail bankruptcies since the Great Recession. Venera...

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Overtime Update: DOL Signals Changes to the FLSA and White Collar Exemptions may be Coming Soon

For the past few years, HR legalist has been following the Department of Labor’s proposed overtime rule, which would have roughly doubled the salary threshold under which employees are guaranteed overtime pay, and made millions of additional employees eligible for time-and-a-half overtime for hours worked over 40 per week.  Last fall, that rul...

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A Shifting Landscape – The Impact of Divorce & Other Litigation on Irrevocable Trusts

Previously published in Philadelphia Bar Association Probate and Trust Law Section Newsletter, June 2017 What parent wants their hard-earned money getting distributed to a former daughter/son-in-law or a creditor of their child? In our estate planning practice, we have yet to meet such a parent.  Thus, we often recommend our clients (parents ...

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Deadline Looms for Haitians as DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status

A recent announcement by Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, carries an important message for employers concerned with I-9 Compliance.  On May 24, 2017, Mr. Kelly, extended Haiti’s Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for six months, through January 22, 2018.   The deadline for current beneficiaries to re-register for Haiti’s TPS design...

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Registration of Out of State Custody Orders

Most states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). This Act requires one state court to recognize the custody order of another state court.  In order for an out of state custody order to be recognized and enforced by another state, it must first be “registered.”  This entails the filing of a Peti...

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The Doctor Is In – or Better Be to Satisfy PA’s New Informed Consent Requirements

With the increased presence of qualified staff members in a physician’s office and the constant time-pressure on physicians, many patients rely heavily on individuals other than the physician to answer questions about medications, procedures, and treatment plans. Physicians, in turn, lean heavily on qualified staff members to ensure patients ...

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Preparing for New York Paid Family Leave: Fast Facts and Best Practices for Empire State Employers

Overview While the U.S. is the only industrialized nation that does not require paid family and medical leave, New York’s incoming Paid Family Leave Program (“PFL”) will guarantee paid leave for nearly all private sector employees, joining programs in California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. Continue Reading  

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Coming Soon to Your State? Laws Banning Inquiries into Applicant Salary History Gaining Steam

As reported by HRLegalist earlier this year, Philadelphia’s City Council unanimously approved a pay equity bill making Philadelphia the first city in the nation to adopt comprehensive “wage-gap” legislation.  Under the Wage Equity Law, Philadelphia employers and employment agencies are prohibited from making any inquiry into a job appl...

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CUSTODY: RELOCATION AND SCHOOL CHANGES-PLAN AHEAD

School placement for children during and after a divorce can be a very contentious topic between spouses. Addressing educational opportunities and placements for the children is a vital step in resolving custody and parenting time issues.  During a custody case if you are contemplating changing schools or districts for your child it is imperat...

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