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Divorcing During Your Senior Years

Although the law governs the divorce process in general, no two divorces will be the same. This is because all divorces come with their own unique set of factors that are specific to the couple seeking the divorce…more
| Family Law

The Equality Act: Federal Anti-LGBTQ Discrimination Law Introduced in Congress

Last month, in a historic case, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that same-sex couples—like their heterosexual counterparts— have the constitutional right to marry. On the heels of this decision, federal agencies and…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Misclassification in the Cross-Hairs: DOL Issues new Interpretive Guidance

The U.S. Department of Labor has been busy of late. Fresh off of issuing a new Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing major changes to overtime exemptions (as summarized by HRLegalist), DOL Administrator David Weil has issued a…more
| Labor & Employment Law

EEOC Rules Sexual Orientation a Protected Category Under Title VII

Jumping on the coattails of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage, the EEOC has found that discrimination based on sexual orientation is a form of sex discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Hospital Pays $218,400 to OCR for HIPAA Violations

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (“SEMC”), a tertiary care hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts, has agreed to pay $218,400 to the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) to settle alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and…more
| Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Jurisdiction, Counsel Fees in Child Custody Revisited by Court

In November 2014, the Pennsylvania Superior Court case of T.A.M. v. S.L.M., 104 A.3d 30 (Pa. Super. 2014), addressed modification of a child custody order under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA)…more
| Civil Procedure, Family Law

Fault Ground Divorces in Pennsylvania

Although most divorce complaints filed today allege either Section 3301(c), consensual grounds, or 3301(d), the expiration of a statutory two year separation period, as a reason for the parties’ marriage dissolution, a party to…more
| Family Law

Religious Workers Redeemed (Sort of) by New Immigration Policy

On July 14, 2015 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum stating that it will no longer deny Special Immigrant Religious Worker petitions due to the lawful status provisions found in federal…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

21st Century Cures Act Passes House: Could Usher In Broad Reforms to Drug Approval Process

On Friday, July 10th the U.S. House voted overwhelmingly to streamline the approval process of prescription drugs and medical devices by the FDA. If passed in the Senate and signed by President Obama, the “21st Century Cures…more
| Health, Science, Computers, & Technology

NLRB Gives Employers a Hangover: Longstanding Anheuser-Busch decision overruled

More than 35 years after its decision in Anheuser-Busch, Inc., 237 NLRB 982 (1978), the NLRB has reversed course and held that employers may no longer summarily reject union requests for witness statements obtained in connection…more
| Civil Procedure, Labor & Employment Law

Major Overtime Rule Changes are Coming – Are you Prepared?

Since 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) has set the federal minimum wage and mandated overtime pay (time and a half) for employees who work over 40 hours during a 7-day period. The FLSA exempts employees from the…more
| Labor & Employment Law

New Family Medical Leave Act Forms Now Available Online from the Department of Labor

Effective immediately, employers have new versions of the seven DOL-issued Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) forms to use. These new forms are identical to the prior forms, except that they contain some new Genetic…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in New Jersey?

When parents choose to separate, it is often a difficult decision that greatly affects not only the adults but also the children involved. All of the changes that will need to be made may prove to be traumatic, particularly for…more
| Family Law

CMS Issues Final Rule for Medicare Shared Savings Program

This month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a final rule (the “Final Rule”) regarding an update to the Medicare Shared Savings Program (the “Program”). The Final Rule will seek to enhance primary…more
| Health

Same Sex Marriage is the Law of the Land: What Next for FMLA Benefits

FMLA Rights: Earlier this year, HR Legalist announced the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Final Rule (29 C.F.R. § 825.102) that changed the regulatory definition of “spouse” under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)…more
| Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Labor & Employment Law, Family Law
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