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Worth Another Look: Upcoming Special Elections

Next Tuesday, August 4, special elections will be held to fill the seats vacated by Rep. Glen Grell (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Joe Hackett (R-Delaware). Grell resigned from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in order to take…more
| Elections & Politics

News from Second and State

On the legislative front, the Senate was not in session this week, and the House of Representatives only held voting session on Tuesday and Wednesday. Committee meetings were few and far between; however, on Tuesday the House…more
| Elections & Politics, Energy & Utilities, Transportation

…But Coal Bed Gas Is Not The Same As Natural Gas

In a PA Superior Court opinion handed down after the Sissons v. Stanley case (109 A.3d 265, described in the previous blog posting), the court ruled that a reservation of gas rights in a 1932 deed, reserving to the grantor, “the…more
| Energy & Utilities

OCAHO Imposes $605,250 Fine for I-9 Violations

On July 8, 2015, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), the administrative court with jurisdiction to review penalties for I-9 violations, issued a decision in the matter of United States v. Hartmann…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

$10,000 in Cash Receipts? Heightened Penalties for Failure to File Form 8300 Within 15 Days

Any person who, in its trade or business, receives cash in the amount of more than $10,000 in a single transaction or a series of related transactions must file Form 8300, Report of Cash Payments Over $10,000, Received in a…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Criminal Law, Finance & Banking, Taxation

BALCA Applies Recent Legal Decision to PERM Case Denied Five Years Ago

The permanent labor certification process (PERM) allows employers to hire foreign nationals to work permanently in the United States. Prior to filing a PERM application for a foreign worker with the U.S. Department of Labor…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law

News from Second and State

Week two of the budget stalemate is behind us, and there’s very little news to report. While news of a potential stop-gap budget and possible agreement on the imposition of a natural gas extraction tax might seem encouraging,…more
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Taxation, Transportation

Corporation Pleads Guilty and Forfeits $1 Million for Hiring Unauthorized Workers

On July 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office, announced that a corporation domiciled in Pennsylvania pled guilty to a one-count Bill of Information charging the company with harboring unauthorized…more
| Criminal Law, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions

As previously reported, in order for USCIS to timely implement the Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses final rule, on May 26, 2015 it suspended premium processing service for Form I-129 H-1B extension of…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Modifies Pregnancy Bias Guidance to Reflect the Supreme Court’s Ruling in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.

On March 25, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Peggy Young, a UPS driver who claimed she was discriminated against on the basis of pregnancy when she was denied a workplace accommodation that was made…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

News from Second and State

As of our July 1 post, the legislature had sent a number of budget related bills—including the General Appropriations Bill—to the governor for action. Ten days later (the exact number of days the governor has to sign or veto a…more
| Elections & Politics

DOL Issues Proposed Changes to Overtime Exemption Rules

On Tuesday, June 30, the Department of Labor (DOL) released the long anticipated proposed rule updating its regulations implementing the Fair Labor Standards Act’s Executive, Administrative and Professional exemptions (Proposed…more
| Labor & Employment Law

Gas Means Gas, Says PA Superior Court

Mr. & Mrs. Sissons owned property in Susquehanna County, and wanted to lease the subsurface Marcellus Shale gas on the property to a gas production company. The problem was that they owned the land subject to a reservation of…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities

DOS Announces Changes to E Visa Application Processing in Mexico

The U.S. Department of State (DOS) announced changes to the application process to obtain E-1 and E-2 visas, due to recent increases in overall visa applications made through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. The E-1 visa is for…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Cross-Border Activities: Benefits of Filing “Protective” Returns

With the increasing focus by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on offshore activities, it is important to understand the tax return and information return filing obligations that may be associated with such activities. Because…more
| Business Organizations, International Law & Trade, Taxation
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