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Do I Need a Lawyer to Represent Me in a Family Law Matter?

Few people, who are headed for divorce or custody litigation, can afford to spend substantial amounts of money on a family law attorney. Frequently, clients consider whether they can or should represent themselves in their divorce litigation or family law matter. This decision is difficult. For anyone considering self-representation, several import...

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Child Custody – What is the Best Interest of the Child?

You are considering separating from your spouse and/or your significant other, but down the hall there is a five year old child that loves both of you. What happens to him or her? The polestar in any custody litigation is “what is the best interest of the child?” So, if you are either a mom or a dad and are considering breaking up the c...

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Stick to Flowers on Valentine’s Day: Nurse Sends STD Diagnosis to Patient’s Girlfriend

John Doe is out-of-luck for a romantic Valentine’s Day this year. He recently discovered that his protected health information regarding treatment for a sexually transmitted disease (“STD”) was sent to his girlfriend. While being treated for an STD at a New York clinic, John Doe was recognized by one of the clinic’s nurses. ...

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Philadelphia Joins a Growing List of Jurisdictions Requiring Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnant Workers

Philadelphia now expressly requires employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations to pregnant employees and thus joins in a growing trend of jurisdictions expanding the rights of pregnant women in the workplace (including New York City and New Jersey). The requirement, which took effect on January 20, 2014, comes by way of an amendment t...

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Video Interview: Discussing Office Romances with LXBN TV

Following up on the recent post here discussing office romances, Tiffani McDonough had the opportunity to discuss the subject with Colin O’Keefe of LXBN. In the brief interview, she shares her thoughts on what proactive measures employers can take to protect themselves from the potential liability of office roman...

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Here We Go Again: The NLRB Resurrects “Quickie Election” Rule

On February 4, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) announced that it was issuing proposed amendments to the rules governing union representation elections. The proposed amendments are identical to the changes that were proposed by the Board back in June 2011. As proposed, the amendments contain several alarming and troubli...

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What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You: The Lack of Knowledge Defense in Employment Retaliation Claims

When it comes to minimizing the risk of employment retaliation claims, can ignorance be bliss? In today’s competitive business environment, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” may sound naïve. But in the employment retaliation context, a decisionmaker’s lack of knowledge of an employee’s complaint may...

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ACA Employer Mandate Delayed until 2016 for Mid-Sized Employers

Employers with 50 to 99 full-time employees will not be subject to penalties under the Employer Mandate of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) for failing to provide health insurance coverage to employees in 2015. On Monday, the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service announced finals rules (the “Final Rules”...

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Will Your New Gold, Silver, or Bronze Health Plan Cover Your Care if You Travel to Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games?

Snowboarders flying down halfpipes. Bobsledders careening down tracks. Goalies making glove saves. Those are just a few of the spectacles to be seen at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games. Despite all the pomp and circumstance surrounding the Games, there have been numerous reports of shoddy living conditions for travelers in Sochi, Russia. Windows have ...

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Judge’s Antitrust Decision Makes Hospitals Think Twice before Acquiring Physician Practices

A federal judge recently reversed a hospital system’s acquisition of a physician practice under antitrust laws. Judge B. Lynn Winmill of the United States District Court for Idaho ruled that St. Luke’s Health System, Ltd. (“St. Luke’s”) and Saltzer Medical Group, P.A. (“Saltzer”) would need to unwind their ...

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