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Senate Kills Federal Contractor Work Safety Rule

On March 6, 2017, the Senate voted 49-48 to eliminate President Barack Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule was finalized in August 2016 by the U.S. Department of Labor, but subsequently blocked by court order in October 2016. Continue Reading  

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Getting Your House in Order: Estate Planning is for Everyone

A recent survey found that nearly 50% of individuals with children do not have a Will and over 40% of individuals over the age of 55 do not have one.  Whether a person is 18 or 98 with net assets of $200,000 or $20 million, an estate plan is one of the best gifts we can give to our families.  I like to think of an estate plan in terms simil...

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Circuit Court Is Asked To Overturn NLRB’s Decision Allowing Surreptitious Workplace Recordings

Can employees record conversations at the workplace without the consent of the speakers? Or, can an employer enforce a policy that prohibits employees from recording conversations at work unless they have the consent of all the parties being recorded?  Employers are up in the air over this issue.  The reality of the modern workplace is that...

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Tax Tips

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has announced that for the calendar year beginning January 1, 2017, the interest rate for the underpayment of tax is 4% per annum.  The interest rate for the overpayment of personal income tax is 4% per annum.  Overpayment of other taxes will be subject to an interest rate of 2% per annum.  The notice c...

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Nesting

Everyone knows what “nesting” means in the context of being pregnant, but what does it mean in the context of custody?  By definition, a bird’s nest custody arrangement is a shared physical custody schedule, whereby, children reside in one residence instead of being transferred between the two separate residences’ of the parents.  F...

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Of Public Schools and Private Employers: Trump Reverses Direction on Male, Female and Gender Neutral Restrooms

Overview Employers are caught, once again, between agency pronouncements and White House actions. While President Trump commented on the campaign trail that transgender people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,” he appears to have rethought this position as commander-in-chief. Continue Reading  

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POLST Form: Do I need one?

  You may have heard of something called the POLST Form (“POLST”) and wondered if you need one. The POLST (Physicians Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) is a relatively unknown and certainly underutilized document which can assist with advance care planning for seriously ill individuals.  Continue Reading

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Employees Bound by Non-Compete Agreement When They Clicked “Accept” to a Bonus on Intranet

Two employees who clicked “accept” on an online form in order to receive a bonus were bound by additional language that included an agreement to not compete in the future.  Messrs. Lynch and Halpin worked in sales for ADP, and every year to collect their annual bonuses, they had to “accept” a non-compete agreement through a “clickwra...

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Medical Marijuana Act Clouds the Rights of Employers to Establish and Enforce Marijuana Policies

Pennsylvania’s recently passed Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) has left employers dazed and confused about whether they may continue to enforce zero tolerance drug policies. The MMA, which provides qualifying patients with access to medical marijuana through a safe and effective delivery method, is intended to balance patient need for access wi...

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Medical Marijuana Act Clouds the Rights of Employers to Establish and Enforce Marijuana Policies

  Pennsylvania’s recently passed Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) has left employers dazed and confused about whether they may continue to enforce zero tolerance drug policies. The MMA, which provides qualifying patients with access to medical marijuana through a safe and effective delivery method, is intended to balance patient need for access ...

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