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Philadelphia, PA 19102, United States
Phone: (215) 665-3000
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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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Restoring the Power of Persuasion – The DOL Takes Another Step Toward Ending the Persuader Rule

The Department of Labor (“DOL” or “Department”) has continued its efforts towards eliminating the “Persuader Rule”, a controversial Obama-era regulation which requires employers to report arrangements made with third parties for…more

Barack Obama, Collective Bargaining, DOL, LMRDA, Persuader Rules

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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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ERISA Religious Exemption Expanded: SCOTUS Says Church Affiliation is Enough

In a sigh of relief for faith-based healthcare providers, on Monday, June 5th, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a decision authored by Justice Elena Kagan, that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s religious exemption…more

Advocate Health Care v Stapleton, Church Plans, Churches, Class Action, Employee Benefits

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Secretary of Labor Withdraws Previous Guidance on Joint Employment and Independent Contractors

In a Department of Labor news release yesterday, new U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced the withdrawal of two Obama-era Administrator Interpretations, effectively rolling back the scope of the Fair Labor…more

DOL, Economic Realities Test, FLSA, Independent Contractors, IRS

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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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What are my Custodial Rights and Financial Responsibilities Toward my Eighteen Year Old Child?

In a few short weeks, many children will be graduating from high school and will embark upon the next chapter of their lives. Whether that choice includes college, trade school, or the work force, as a divorced parent, how does…more

Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce

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Beware Hugging at Work

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal published on April 17, 2017, “Embraceable You: When the CEO Is a Hugger,” describes a trend in which some executives greet employees and business associates with hugs in lieu of the…more

Employer Liability Issues, Harassment, Hostile Environment, Sexual Harassment

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[Event] How Diversity Drives Business Success - June 8th, Philadelphia, PA

A diverse workforce is essential to success in today’s marketplace. We are pleased to announce an important and timely panel discussion and networking event: How Diversity Drives Business Success. We have an impressive panel of…more

Diversity, Events, Strategic Planning

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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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Custody: Relocation and School Changes-plan Ahead

School placement for children during and after a divorce can be a very contentious topic between spouses. Addressing educational opportunities and placements for the children is a vital step in resolving custody and parenting…more

Child Custody, Child Support Modification, Custody Modification, Divorce

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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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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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Beware Hugging at Work

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal published on April 17, 2017, “Embraceable You: When the CEO Is a Hugger,” describes a trend in which some executives greet employees and business associates with hugs in lieu of the…more

Employer Liability Issues, Harassment, Hostile Environment, Sexual Harassment

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Equal Pay Protections Upset by Recent Ninth Circuit Ruling

On April 27, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employer was allowed to base “a pay differential on prior salary so long as it showed that its use of prior salary effectuated some business policy and that the…more

EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Equal Pay Act, Hiring & Firing, Salary/Wage History

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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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Where is my Loved One’s Will?

A simple gift you can give to your family is letting them know where to find your original will. While it is possible to probate a copy, it is much more difficult and time-consuming…more

Estate Planning, Wills

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Anchors Away! Physical Therapists Rejoice (and Book a Tropical Getaway) as CMS Extends Locum Tenens Arrangements

Even doctors get sick sometimes, or need to take a vacation, and when they do, patients are not seen and billing does not happen. Cue locum tenens – a system used by providers to ensure continuity of care and revenue when…more

CMS, Continuity of Care, Health Care Providers, Physical Therapists, Provider Payments

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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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2017 Pennsylvania Tax Amnesty Program

Pennsylvania’s 2017 tax amnesty program (“Amnesty Program”) is currently underway. Through June 19, 2017, qualifying taxpayers who satisfy their delinquent tax liabilities will receive abatement of all penalties and one-half of…more

Business Taxes, Department of Revenue, Income Taxes, Sales & Use Tax, State Taxes

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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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[Event] How Diversity Drives Business Success - June 8th, Philadelphia, PA

A diverse workforce is essential to success in today’s marketplace. We are pleased to announce an important and timely panel discussion and networking event: How Diversity Drives Business Success. We have an impressive panel of…more

Diversity, Events, Strategic Planning

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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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Anchors Away! Physical Therapists Rejoice (and Book a Tropical Getaway) as CMS Extends Locum Tenens Arrangements

Even doctors get sick sometimes, or need to take a vacation, and when they do, patients are not seen and billing does not happen. Cue locum tenens – a system used by providers to ensure continuity of care and revenue when…more

CMS, Continuity of Care, Health Care Providers, Physical Therapists, Provider Payments

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Is Distress Over Your Assigned Gender a Disability?

District Court Narrowly Construes the ADA to Allow a Transgender Employee to Pursue Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Pennsylvania District Court Judge Joseph F. Leeson recently ruled that the Americans with Disabilities…more

ADA, Employer Liability Issues, Equal Protection, Gender Discrimination, Gender Identity

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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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Anchors Away! Physical Therapists Rejoice (and Book a Tropical Getaway) as CMS Extends Locum Tenens Arrangements

Even doctors get sick sometimes, or need to take a vacation, and when they do, patients are not seen and billing does not happen. Cue locum tenens – a system used by providers to ensure continuity of care and revenue when…more

CMS, Continuity of Care, Health Care Providers, Physical Therapists, Provider Payments

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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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If You Have Plans to Travel with Your Children This Summer Here Are 5 Things You Need To Know

Does your custody agreement or order provide for exchange of information – most custody orders require parents to exchange information regarding travel with the children. Generally you will need to provide, in writing, the…more

Custody Agreements, International Travel, Minor Children, Passports

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Anchors Away! Physical Therapists Rejoice (and Book a Tropical Getaway) as CMS Extends Locum Tenens Arrangements

Even doctors get sick sometimes, or need to take a vacation, and when they do, patients are not seen and billing does not happen. Cue locum tenens – a system used by providers to ensure continuity of care and revenue when…more

CMS, Continuity of Care, Health Care Providers, Physical Therapists, Provider Payments

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