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The Party's Over: Changes to the Philadelphia Realty Transfer Tax Obligations

An ordinance amending the Philadelphia realty transfer tax (RTT) chapter of the Philadelphia Code was enacted on December 8, 2016, and will come into effect on July 1, 2017.  The ordinance makes two primary changes to the city…more

Fair Market Value, Local Ordinance, Transfer Taxes

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One Bite, Two Apples: Third Circuit Confirms That Requests For Leave Under the FMLA Can Simultaneously Qualify As A Request For A Reasonable Accommodation

The interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is an area of confusion for most employers. This confusion is understandable as both statutes serve distinct…more

ADA, Burden of Proof, Corporate Counsel, Covered Employer, Employer Liability Issues

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Judicial Foreclosure Sales are Immune to Preference Challenges

The Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania has recently held that a pre-petition foreclosure of a debtor’s real property, conducted in accordance with state law, is not subject to attack as a preference under…more

Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Judicial Foreclosure Process, Mortgage Lenders

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Every Manager and Their Mother: Second Circuit Shields Social Media Insults against Supervisor and His Entire Family

On Friday, April 21, 2017 a Second Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed a National Labor Relations Board ruling that a catering company server was wrongfully terminated for making an obscene and vicious Facebook post that…more

Facebook, NLRA, Offensive Language, Protected Activity, Social Networks

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Transgender Restroom Dispute Continues, Despite North Carolina “Deal” To Overturn Controversial “Bathroom Bill”

On Thursday March 30, 2017, Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 142, which repealed North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2. As previously reported by HR Legalist, House Bill 2 was signed into law on March 23, 2016, and…more

Deutsche Bank, Equal Access, Governor Cooper, New Regulations, Repeal

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Hague Convention Only Considers One Habitual Residence of a Child

When a child is removed from or retained in a country that is not a child's habitual ­residence a parent can seek to have the child ­returned to their habitual residence country under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of…more

Appeals, Child Abduction, Child Custody, First Impression, Hague Convention

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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…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Decriminalization of Marijuana, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Medical Marijuana

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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…more

Child Custody, Divorce, Parenting Plans

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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…more

ADA, Disability, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues, Employer Mandates

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Avoiding Office Holiday Party Headaches

It’s the holiday season again and while the office holiday party is a wonderful time to show appreciation to your employees and create camaraderie among coworkers, it can also be a time of legal headaches that can last through…more

Best Management Practices, Employer Liability Issues, Holiday Parties, Human Resources Professionals

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As the Northeast Prepares for a Major, Late Season Snow Storm, HR Legalist Reminds our Readers of the Importance of Employer Responsibility to Employees in a Time of Inclement Weather

In January 2015, HR Legalist contributor, Teleicia D’Amberville, wrote about employer responsibilities towards employees when a serious weather event occurs. As a major snow storm is set to hit the Northeast of the United States…more

Best Management Practices, OSHA, Severe Weather, Workplace Safety

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Buy American, Hire American: President Trump’s Executive Order Hints at Possible H-1B Visa Reform

On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, President Trump signed his “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order during a visit to the Snap On Tools headquarters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Lauded by the administration as a sign of the…more

America First Trade Policy, Domestic Hiring Policy, H-1B, I-9, Proposed Regulation

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Divorce Settlement Meetings – Tips for Success

Clients often think that once attorneys are involved in a divorce case it automatically means that they will not be able to settle their case without court intervention. However, even when attorneys are involved, cases settle…more

Divorce, Marital Settlement Agreements, Settlement Conferences, Settlement Negotiations

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Can I Sue My Former Spouse For Destroying My Relationship With My Children?

Sometimes in custody disputes, one parent attempts to get a leg up in the custody case by bad-mouthing the other parent to the children. Additionally, in more extreme cases, a parent in a litigation may even try to persuade a…more

Child Custody, Divorce, Emotional Distress Damages, False Accusations, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

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Obama Signs Law Giving Trade Secrets Federal Protection

A company’s confidential trade secrets are their most coveted assets and give a company a competitive edge over its competitors. Such trade secrets may include product specifications and formulas, recipes, computer algorithms,…more

Asset Seizure, Confidential Information, Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), Employment Contract, Ex Parte

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New Jersey Supreme Court questions enforceability of contractual time limits on employees’ rights to sue

On December 1, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court held argument in Sergio Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Co. Inc. The primary issue in this appeal is whether a contractual provision contained in an employment application that…more

Contract Terms, Discrimination, Employment Contract, Enforceability, Statute of Limitations

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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…more

Appeals, Audio Recording, Consent, Employer Liability Issues, NLRB

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Observer Estate Planning - Spring 2016

Pennsylvania’s Revised Power of Attorney Act: Major Changes May Not Necessitate Revising Your Power of Attorney - You may have read about the overhaul of the Pennsylvania laws governing Powers of Attorney used for…more

Banks, Estate Planning, Financial Institutions, New Legislation, Notary Certificates

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Update: The Consequences of Modifying Pennsylvania's Powers of Attorney Statute Potential Impacts on Commercial Loans & Leases

On April 14, 2015, pending legislation was passed by the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee to resolve the current state of flux of confession of judgment provisions and the bill was sent to the Pennsylvania House of…more

Commercial Leases, Commercial Loans, Lenders, Pending Legislation, Power of Attorney

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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…more

Bonuses, Clickwrap Agreements, Corporate Counsel, Former Employee, Non-Compete Agreements

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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…more

Blacklist, Congressional Review Act, DOL, Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces, Federal Contractors

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Transgender Restroom Dispute Continues, Despite North Carolina “Deal” To Overturn Controversial “Bathroom Bill”

On Thursday March 30, 2017, Gov. Roy Cooper signed House Bill 142, which repealed North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2. As previously reported by HR Legalist, House Bill 2 was signed into law on March 23, 2016, and…more

Deutsche Bank, Equal Access, Governor Cooper, New Regulations, Repeal

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Sharing The Holidays

As we approach the holiday season, clients often wonder how the first Christmas that the parties are separated will be handled, especially what will happen with the children. Will Santa Claus really visit both Mom and Dad’s…more

Child Visitation, Divorce, Holidays

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Net Neutrality: Will The Internet Still Be Open for Business As Usual?

New changes supposedly designed to foster a more “Open Internet” have resulted in something of a national backlash. Although not unexpected, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) announced approval, on a partisan…more

Broadband, FCC, Internet, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Net Neutrality

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Proper Estate Planning May Prevent a Will Contest

Will contests are a sad reality and while there is no guarantee, with proper planning a contest may be avoided. A will contest occurs when a disgruntled potential beneficiary of an estate challenges the validity of a Will…more

Beneficiaries, Estate Planning, Will Contest, Wills

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New Mandate: If you like your water heater you can keep it; but replacing it will be expensive.

Effective April 16, 2015, there will be significant changes to water heater energy factor requirements as the result of updates to the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (“NAECA”). The new requirements call for higher…more

Commercial Property Owners, Construction Industry, Contractors, Energy Efficiency, General Contractors

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News from the Health Law Gurus™

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 week for the latest health law news stories. HIPAA in the Time…more

Affordable Care Act, Ebola, Health Insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare.gov

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Net Neutrality: Will The Internet Still Be Open for Business As Usual?

New changes supposedly designed to foster a more “Open Internet” have resulted in something of a national backlash. Although not unexpected, the Federal Communications Commission (the “FCC”) announced approval, on a partisan…more

Broadband, FCC, Internet, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Net Neutrality

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Bankers Beware: A Term Sheet Might Be a Contract

A recent decision by the Pennsylvania Superior Court has lenders concerned that the common practice of exchanging term sheets with potential borrowers could saddle them with unintended contractual obligations. In County…more

Lenders, Purchase Agreement, Term Sheets

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Firm Leadership: Learn to Love Marketing Your Legal Practice

Successful professionals take time out of their busy schedules to develop some form of personal marketing plans. Then they do an amazing thing ... they actually implement them…more

Business Development, Firm Leadership, Legal Perspectives, Professional Networking

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Every Manager and Their Mother: Second Circuit Shields Social Media Insults against Supervisor and His Entire Family

On Friday, April 21, 2017 a Second Circuit Court of Appeals panel affirmed a National Labor Relations Board ruling that a catering company server was wrongfully terminated for making an obscene and vicious Facebook post that…more

Facebook, NLRA, Offensive Language, Protected Activity, Social Networks

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National Healthcare Decision Day: Have you had the conversation?

April 16, 2017 marks the start of National Healthcare Decision Day (NHDD) (www.nhdd.org), a week-long, nation-wide event which exists to inspire, educate and empower the public and providers about the importance of advance…more

Advance Directives, Estate Planning, Power of Attorney

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Talented child, higher child support obligation?

The rise of social media such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Vine and Tumblr has undoubtedly put a spotlight on talent. Today, more children than ever are getting their “big break” within minutes of parents posting a video of…more

Child Support, Social Media

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New Jersey’s “New” Termination of Child Support Statute

On February 1, 2017, New Jersey’s “new” Termination of Child Support Statute went into effect. The new statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:17-56.67, which was signed into law on January 19, 2016 by Governor Christie, has potential to…more

Child Support, Governor Christie, New Regulations, Rebuttable Presumptions

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Is it Possible to Undo My Divorce?

You and your spouse signed the settlement agreement, the court entered your divorce, a few weeks or months have gone by, but now you regret some or all of the terms of your divorce. Maybe you think you could have gotten more…more

Divorce, Evidence, Misrepresentation, Settlement Agreements

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Real Estate Tax Liens Attach to Persons, Not Just Property

In 2013, the Pennsylvania legislature passed an amendment to the Municipal Claim and Tax Lien Law (Act No. 93 of 2013, the “Amendment”), designed to give municipalities and school districts improved means of collecting tax…more

Property Tax, State Taxes, Tax Liens

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Time is of the Essence When Reporting a Breach of PHI

The failure to timely report a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI) has cost Presence Health (one of the largest health systems in Illinois) almost half of a million dollars. Earlier this month, Presence…more

Breach Notification Rule, Corrective Actions, Covered Entities, Data Breach, HHS

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Observer Estate Planning - Spring 2016

Pennsylvania’s Revised Power of Attorney Act: Major Changes May Not Necessitate Revising Your Power of Attorney - You may have read about the overhaul of the Pennsylvania laws governing Powers of Attorney used for…more

Banks, Estate Planning, Financial Institutions, New Legislation, Notary Certificates

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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…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Decriminalization of Marijuana, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Medical Marijuana

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Beware of the Man-In-The-Middle: Malicious Eavesdroppers on the Internet

Imagine this: Dr. Primary is treating Patty Patient for substance abuse and emails Patty Patient’s protected health information (PHI) to a treatment clinic. Before the email arrives at the clinic, it is intercepted by a third…more

Cyber Attacks, Email, Healthcare Facilities, OCR, Patient Confidentiality Breaches

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Be Careful With That! – Second Circuit Dismisses Failure to Accommodate Claim Brought by “Needle Phobic” Pharmacist

On March 21, 2017, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a former Rite Aid pharmacist’s claim against Rite Aid for refusing to accommodate his “needle phobia.” In 2011, Rite Aid altered the job description for its…more

ADA, Dismissals, Employer Liability Issues, Essential Functions, Failure to Accommodate

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How Can I Get A Quickie Divorce?

This is a question that I am often asked—and for good reason. The divorce process can be emotionally and economically draining. Simply put, no one wants to litigate for longer than he/she needs to. Many people that I talk to…more

Divorce

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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…more

Anti-Discrimination Policies, Decriminalization of Marijuana, Employer Liability Issues, Employment Policies, Medical Marijuana

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How Computer Forensics Can Affect Your Divorce Case

As people spend more and more time on digital and electronic devices (smartphones, laptops, ipads, and computers), digital information becomes more relevant in divorce cases. Social media, computers and cell phones become very…more

Divorce, Electronic Communications, Evidence, Mobile Devices, Social Networks

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How Computer Forensics Can Affect Your Divorce Case

As people spend more and more time on digital and electronic devices (smartphones, laptops, ipads, and computers), digital information becomes more relevant in divorce cases. Social media, computers and cell phones become very…more

Divorce, Electronic Communications, Evidence, Mobile Devices, Social Networks

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My Child is Turning 18. . . Do I Have an Obligation to Pay Child Support?

In Pennsylvania, once a child turns 18, he or she no longer is subject to the jurisdiction of family court and therefore the child can chose where he or she resides. However, if the child is attending high school a parent has a…more

Adult Children, Child Support, Disability, Gainful Employment, Support Orders

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Beware of the Man-In-The-Middle: Malicious Eavesdroppers on the Internet

Imagine this: Dr. Primary is treating Patty Patient for substance abuse and emails Patty Patient’s protected health information (PHI) to a treatment clinic. Before the email arrives at the clinic, it is intercepted by a third…more

Cyber Attacks, Email, Healthcare Facilities, OCR, Patient Confidentiality Breaches

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