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News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of June 15th, 2014

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. AMA Releases Policy on Telemedicine—Last week, the American Medical Association (“AMA”) released a policy on the pro...

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News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of June 8th, 2014

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. Burwell Confirmed as HHS Secretary—Last week, the Senate approved of the Obama Administration’s nominee for Secretary of D...

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Common Law Marriage – Fact or Fiction?

Obermayer family law attorney Stephanie Winegrad answers questions about common law marriage in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. In Pennsylvania you can no longer enter into a common law marriage? FACT:  In 2005, Pennsylvania abolished common law marriages prospectively.  Common law marriages entered prior to 2005 are still valid. &n...

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Hiring an Unpaid Intern for the Summer? Five Legal Guidelines to Avoid a FLSA Violation

With summer vacation around the corner, many companies are looking to hire unpaid interns. If your company is considering an unpaid internship, be sure to carefully structure the internship to avoid running afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). A few general principles may be gleaned from recent court decisions in which cour...

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Obermayer’s David Ladov Discusses Same-Sex Marriage in Pennsylvania with LXBN TV

Following up on our recent coverage here on a federal judge’s ruling striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage, Obermayer’s David Ladov had the opportunity to discuss the case with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN. In the brief interview, he explains the background on the ruling and its immediate impact. Cl...

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Child Custody: Do Grandparents Have Any Visitation Rights in Pennsylvania?

A life changing event like a divorce or death may adversely affect the relationship between a child and a person who isn’t the child’s biological parent such as a grandparent. Various states have different laws that govern the ability of grandparents and other adults seeking custody or visitation. Pennsylvania courts recognize the rig...

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Managing Employee Medical Leave: How Much Leave Is Reasonable?

To date, there are few bright line rules to guide employers in determining how much leave is reasonable under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Further, employers sometimes mistakenly assume that if an employee has exhausted Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave, then the employee is not entitled to additional leave under the ADA. Howeve...

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News from the Health Law Gurus™: Week of May 18th, 2014

News from the Health Law Gurus™ is a weekly summary of notable health law news from around the country with helpful links to related content. Check back every Friday for the latest health law news stories. Former Chief Exec of HMO Company Sentenced to Three Years—The Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced on Monday that ...

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Marriage Equality: Federal Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Pennsylvania

The movement for marriage equality made significant headway in Pennsylvania this week, when the Honorable John E. Jones, issued an opinion striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage for constitutional reasons. The federal lawsuit brought by 11 gay and lesbian couples, one widow and two teenage children of a same-sex couple was origina...

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Could Einstein Get a Green Card? Proposed DHS Changes Signal New Opportunities for American Colleges and Universities

  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing to expand the current list of evidentiary criteria for employment-based first preference (EB-1) outstanding professors and researchers to include a “comparable evidence provision.” The “comparable evidence provision” is significant, especially in more current or less establis...

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