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Obermayer’s Estate Planning newsletter - Summer 2014 - Snowbirds Beware: The Pennsylvania Tax Man Wants to Know Where Your Heart Is

In this issue: - Snowbirds Beware: The Pennsylvania tax man wants to know where your heart is - Some reminders about Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exclusions - . . . and about IRAs - A consumer tip:…more

Beneficiaries, Gift-Tax Exemption, Inherited IRA, IRA, Tax Planning

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Employment Retaliation Claims – Still Alive and Well (and Potentially Dangerous)

Federal law and most state laws protect employees who complain about discrimination and harassment from retaliatory adverse employment actions (such as demotion or termination). Because retaliation claims can succeed even when…more

Burden-Shifting, But For Causation, Discrimination, EEOC, Harassment

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Failure to Object to Court Procedure Waives Issue on Appeal

In the area of family law, there are many different types of proceedings that occur. However, when one of the proceedings is a record hearing, if an objection is not made to a particular issue, it is waived on appeal…more

Appeals, Deed of Trust, Divorce, Equitable Distribution, Failure to Object

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Reminder to Private Employers: EE0-1 Reports Due Soon!

If you are a private employer with 100 or more employees, you must file an EE0-1 Report with the federal Joint Reporting Committee no later than September 30, 2014. The EEOC uses this employment data to detect employment…more

Civil Rights Act, Deadlines, EEO-1, EEOC, Employee Rights

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Can I Be Legally Separated in Pennsylvania?

As the song goes, there may be “fifty ways to leave your lover,” but none of them will constitute a legal separation in Pennsylvania. A legal separation may only be decreed by a court, through a written order, which sets forth…more

Divorce, Separation

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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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How to Structure an Employee Severance Package Regarding COBRA and the ACA

Often, when parting ways with an employee, an employer may offer to pay for some months of COBRA continuation coverage so that the employee can remain covered without having to pay the substantial premiums associated with COBRA…more

Affordable Care Act, COBRA, Employee Benefits, Employee Rights, Employer Liability Issues

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The Trend Continues … Pittsburgh Passes Pregnancy Accommodation Legislation

Earlier this month, the Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed two city ordinances requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. The new legislation provides for temporary job restructuring and…more

Employee Rights, Pregnancy, Reasonable Accommodation

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Workplace Winter Safety: Protecting Employees from Winter Weather

Last year, temperatures throughout the United States dropped to record lows; and weather stations were abuzz with tips on preparing for the “polar vortex,” which brought with it arctic blasts and heavy snowfall. Meteorologists…more

Employer Liability Issues, OSHA, Workplace Safety

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Employment Authorization Soon to Extend to Certain Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders

As our readers are no doubt familiar, there has been much wrangling over the ruling of a federal judge in Texas who imposed an injunction on President Obama’s plan to expand employment authorization to an additional 300,000…more

DACA, Employment Authorization Document, H-1B, H-4 Spouses, USCIS

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When Can I Modify My Estate Documents During a Divorce?

Often clients ask when estate documents can be modified during a divorce. You should consider changing everything immediately. There are essential documents that everyone needs in his/her estate plan to be prepared to…more

Divorce, Estate Planning

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Child Custody – How Do I Get My Kid For The Holidays?

Tis the season for holiday parenting time disputes. Whether it is Chanukah, Christmas or New Years, there is plenty to fight about this time of year…more

Child Custody, Divorce, Holidays

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More than Just a TV Show: How Bruce Jenner’s Story Sheds Light on the Importance of Workplace Policies for Transgender Employees

Last month in a nationally televised interview, U.S. Olympic icon Bruce Jenner revealed to the world that he is a transgender woman. While the coming out process for the rest of the nearly 700,000 transgender Americans may not…more

Anti-Harassment Policies, Discrimination, EEOC, Gender Identity, Title VII

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Spring Cleaning: Out With the Old, In With the New Pennsylvania Withdraws Endorsement 1010 and Introduces Endorsement 1530

Effective April 1, 2015, the Pennsylvania Department of Insurance (DOI) approved the Title Insurance Rating Bureau of Pennsylvania’s (TIRBOP) filing of Pennsylvania Endorsement 1530, along with the withdrawal of Pennsylvania…more

Department of Insurance, Insurance Industry, Title Insurance

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Reminder: New Jersey “Ban the Box” is Now in Effect

On March 1, 2015, the Opportunity to Compete Act (the “Act”) went into effect in New Jersey. Governor Chris Christie signed the Act into law last year in an effort to preclude public and private employers with 15 or more…more

Ban the Box, Chris Christie, Criminal Background Checks, Employer Liability Issues, Hiring & Firing

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Restrictive Covenants in the Construction Industry: An Often Overlooked and Underutilized Source of Protection

Restrictive covenants come in many forms; they can be stand-alone agreements, such as a confidentiality agreement, or they can be included in various types of contracts, such as noncompete or nonsolicitation provisions in…more

AIA Construction Forms, Confidentiality Agreements, Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Non-Compete Agreements

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NLRB Hands Unions An Early Christmas Gift – Employees Given Right To Use Company E-Mails To Organize

Today, in an anxiously awaited decision, the National Labor Relations Board gave unions an early Christmas present by overturning a previous ruling and providing employees the right to use their employer’s email system to…more

Email, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity, Purple Communications, Unions

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Obermayer’s Estate Planning newsletter - Summer 2014 - Snowbirds Beware: The Pennsylvania Tax Man Wants to Know Where Your Heart Is

In this issue: - Snowbirds Beware: The Pennsylvania tax man wants to know where your heart is - Some reminders about Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exclusions - . . . and about IRAs - A consumer tip:…more

Beneficiaries, Gift-Tax Exemption, Inherited IRA, IRA, Tax Planning

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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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Child Custody: Determining Who Should be the Primary Custodial Parent

Many times the parent who is considered the primary caretaker assumes that he or she will automatically become the primary custodial parent. In Pennsylvania, this is no longer the case…more

Child Custody

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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, ISPs, Net Neutrality

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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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Dog Owners: Beware of Divorce

Divorce takes an emotional toll on all families. For over 60% of the households in the United States, that also includes their pets. While all courts are required to address custody matters involving children, most states are…more

Custody, Divorce, Pets

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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, 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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The NLRB “Steals” Christmas with New “Ambush” Election Rules

Feeling the holiday spirit, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) (i.e., management’s “Grinch”) has stolen any chance for employers to enjoy the holidays, while bestowing another significant Christmas gift on Big Labor—new…more

Ambush Election Rules, NLRB, Union Elections, Unions

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What the New Alimony Law in New Jersey Means for You

On September 10, 2014, Governor Chris Christie signed an alimony reform bill into law, which makes significant changes to the New Jersey alimony statute, N.J.S.A. 2A:34-23. While the new law does not create alimony guidelines,…more

Alimony, Divorce

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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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Revised Guidance for Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information Released by Government

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) has released a revised Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (the “Guide”), which is intended to be a resource for small…more

Business Associates, Cybersecurity, Electronic Medical Records, Guidance Update, Health Care Providers

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Obermayer’s Estate Planning newsletter - Summer 2014 - Snowbirds Beware: The Pennsylvania Tax Man Wants to Know Where Your Heart Is

In this issue: - Snowbirds Beware: The Pennsylvania tax man wants to know where your heart is - Some reminders about Federal Estate and Gift Tax Exclusions - . . . and about IRAs - A consumer tip:…more

Beneficiaries, Gift-Tax Exemption, Inherited IRA, IRA, Tax Planning

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Federal Judge Enjoins President’s Immigration Action

On Monday, February 16th, a federal judge in Texas ruled in favor of the state of Texas and 25 other states to halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which was announced in November 2014. HRLegalist previously…more

Administrative Procedure Act, DACA, Deferred Action, Obama Administration, USCIS

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Revised Guidance for Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information Released by Government

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) has released a revised Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (the “Guide”), which is intended to be a resource for small…more

Business Associates, Cybersecurity, Electronic Medical Records, Guidance Update, Health Care Providers

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Super Bowl or Bust: Can Employees Gamble on the Big Game?

It is estimated that the 100 million dollars in wagers that Nevada sports books accepted for the 2014 Super Bowl accounted for just 1% of all Super Bowl betting last year; and the total amount of money wagered on the upcoming…more

Best Practices, Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Football, PASPA

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Can I Remove My Spouse From Our Home During the Divorce Litigation?

We know how difficult it is to remain under the same roof with your spouse during a divorce. Generally, during an initial consultation, clients always ask us what is the quickest way to remove his/her spouse from the marital…more

Divorce, Primary Residence

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Playing Hide and Seek with Marital Assets

Hiding assets during a divorce is sneaky, unethical and illegal – but, unfortunately, it happens. Hiding assets can be easy to do, especially if one of the parties handles the finances and the other spouse is unaware,…more

Divorce, Marital Assets

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Playing Hide and Seek with Marital Assets

Hiding assets during a divorce is sneaky, unethical and illegal – but, unfortunately, it happens. Hiding assets can be easy to do, especially if one of the parties handles the finances and the other spouse is unaware,…more

Divorce, Marital Assets

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Will My Child Have to Change Schools?

In Pennsylvania, a child is entitled to attend the public school in the district where the child resides. When parents live in different districts due to separation or divorce, a child will attend school in the district of…more

Child Custody, Child Visitation, Public Schools

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