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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
| Family Law

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
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

CMS Grants Eleventh Hour Extension for Attesting to Meaningful Use

Providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program now have an additional thirteen days to register and attest to meeting the meaningful use requirements for 2016. The Centers for Medicare &…more
| Government Contracting, Health

Wage and Hour Update – Federal and Local Laws on the Chopping Block

During the Obama administration, federal agencies enacted wage and hour regulations that tended to favor employees, even while the federal minimum wage remained unchanged. State and local governments also played a role, moving…more
| Elections & Politics, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

Recent Changes in Pet Custody

It is estimated that 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats are owned in the United States. That equates to approximately 37-47% of all households in the United States own a dog, while approximately 30-37% of all households…more
| Family Law

January Tax Tidbits

Tax Tips for January 2017 are listed below. Rev Rul 2017-02, 2017-3 IRB January 2017 Rates: ..Section 7520 Rate: 2.4% ..Annual Short Term AFR (0-3 years): 0.96% ..Annual Mid Term AFR (3-9 years):…more
| Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

President Trump Orders a Wall and Other Major Immigration Measures in His First Week in Office

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued three Executive Orders related to our immigration system and national security. Broadly speaking, the President’s orders focus on the following: border security, removal of…more
| Elections & Politics, Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Closing the Salary Gap: Mayor Kenney Signs Philadelphia’s First Pay Equity Bill

Last month, Philadelphia’s City Council unanimously approved a pay equity bill—priming Philadelphia to become the first city in the nation to adopt comprehensive “wage-gap” legislation. On January 23, 2017, three days…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law

Department of Labor Refuses to Let the Clock Run Out on the Persuader Rule…How about Overtime?

On January 12, 2017, the Department of Labor filed a notice of appeal of District Judge Sam R. Cummings’ November order that blocked the Department of Labor’s controversial “persuader rule.” The rule, discussed by HRLegalist…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Changes to Section 3301(D) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code

For many, many years, the plaintiff to a unilateral, no-fault divorce proceeding, as set forth under Section 3301(d) of the Pennsylvania Divorce Code, had to wait no less than two years before he or she could request the entry…more
| Family Law

Now is the Time for Employers to Update Harassment Prevention Procedures and Get in Compliance with New EEOC Guidelines

On January 10, 2017, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that it is seeking public input on proposed “Enforcement Guidance” designed to address harassment in the workplace. The proposed…more
| Labor & Employment Law

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
| Real Estate - Commercial, Real Estate - Residential, Taxation

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
| Health, Privacy

The Gig Economy: Employee or Independent Contractor?

The gig economy is a domain where companies hire workers for specific projects or “gigs.” Generally these workers retain control over the manner and the means of performing their work and are classified as independent…more
| Labor & Employment Law

NLRB Sets Aside Union Election on Technical Violation of Quickie Election Rule

As our readers may recall, last year HRLegalist previously reported how the National Labor Relation Board’s (“Board”) quickie election rules would impact an employer’s ability to counter a union’s organizing efforts by…more
| Labor & Employment Law
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