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New Pennsylvania Bill Makes Spousal Abuse Victims’ Divorce Process Easier

Recently, Governor Wolf signed a bill into law giving spousal abuse victims in Pennsylvania additional rights when pursuing a divorce. This law will become effective in the middle of June 2016. It has been said that, “this…more
| Criminal Law, Elections & Politics, Family Law

Uber Drivers to Remain Independent Contractors…For Now

Uber, the independent taxi service where you can “drive your car and be your own boss,” has long attracted controversy for classifying its drivers as independent contractors and not employees. Class-action lawsuits claiming that…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law

Spring Showers Bring HIPAA Breaches

OCR has announced several recent settlement agreements to resolve violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). These settlement amounts range from $25,000 to $3.9 million dollars and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

What’s in a Name?

As Juliet stated to Romeo in Shakespeare’s tale of star crossed lovers, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet.” Her statement emphasizes her love for Romeo as an individual, not as…more
| Civil Procedure, Family Law

“Up in Smoke – Are Employers Required to Accommodate Medical Marijuana Use?”

For reasons that are subject to debate, 4/20 has become known as a holiday for those who enjoy marijuana. However, over the course of many years, the face of “pot culture” has changed to include not only those lighting up for…more
| Civil Rights, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

Custody Modification: Courts Can Do It Without A Petition To Modify If Proper Notice Is Given

A lot of times when parents file petitions with the court regarding enforcing a custody order or contempt, they also want the court to adjust the custody order. Some think that the court can only change the custody order if a…more
| Civil Procedure, Family Law

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
| Elections & Politics, Finance & Banking, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

H-1B Visa Lottery Completed

According to a recent study, the odds of winning a Powerball jackpot is 1 in 175,223,510. The odds of an amateur golfer making a hole in one on a par-3 hole are 1 in 12,500. Compared to these extremely unlikely events, the…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

Decision 2016: Do Employees Get Time Off to Vote?

With the 2016 Presidential primary elections in full swing, employers should be informed about their obligations as to when an employee requests time off to visit the polls. An employer’s obligation varies by state law and there…more
| Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law

SOS Answered: New Guidance on HIPAA for App Developers

Amidst criticism that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) lags behind technological innovation, the Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) released new guidance to aid app developers in determining how…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Health, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

Help, Domestic Violence Restraints were Filed Against Me—and I didn’t do it!

The New Jersey Prevention of Domestic Violence Act serves an enormously important function to protect abused individuals. However, the protections of the Act can be misused in a divorce or custody litigation to evict someone…more
| Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Family Law

FY 2017 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reached the congressionally mandated H-1B cap for fiscal year (FY) 2017. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under…more
| Immigration Law, Labor & Employment Law

U.S. Women’s Soccer Scores Visibility for Pay Discrimination

As our readers may have heard, the star members of the U.S. women’s soccer team filed a wage discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In the…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Civil Rights, Government Contracting, Labor & Employment Law

You are not alone: The importance of assembling a team of divorce professionals to guide you through your divorce

Ending a marriage is never an easy process. It most likely will be emotionally draining, financially difficult and extremely stressful. It is important to know that you are not alone and there are countless professionals who can…more
| Family Law

DOL Publishes Final Rule Requiring Employers to Disclose Persuader Agreements

For many years, employers have been able to lawfully avoid certain reporting requirements under the Labor Management and Reporting Disclosure Act which compels the disclosure of agreements with outside consultants/“persuaders” –…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law
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