Tucker Arensberg, P.C.

Molek v. Molek and Parol Partitions

Oral agreements to partition lands are tricky situations that must be dealt with carefully when analyzing the title to a piece of property. Known legally as parol partitions, these agreements often arise in the context of family…more

Joint Tenancy with Right of Survivorship, Land Titles, Oral Contracts, Petition for Partition, Void and Unenforceable

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OCR to Increase Investigations Of Smaller PHI Breaches

Healthcare providers and other covered entities must report breaches of unsecured protected health information (“PHI”) to the Secretary of Health and Human Services in accordance with the Breach Notification Rule of the Health…more

Business Associates, Covered Entities, Data Breach, HIPAA, OCR

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Creditors Beware! Give the Trustee Time To Breathe Or Risk Violating The Automatic Stay

The Bankruptcy Code’s (the “Code”) automatic stay applies to all companies and individuals; it protects the debtor’s property, and the bankruptcy court’s jurisdiction, by barring any act to gain possession of property in the…more

Automatic Stay, Bankruptcy Code, Enforcement Actions, SEC, Trustees

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Pennsylvania Title Insurance Notice

Effective May 1, 2016, title insurance premiums and endorsement costs, as recommended by the Title Insurance Rating Bureau of Pennsylvania, will increase by 12% across the board. This increase applies to both the sale and…more

Due Diligence, Insurance Industry, Premiums, Property Owners, Real Estate Market

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Basic Contract Issues for New Physician Contracts

When physicians have finally completed the medical education journey, many are confronted with a “physician employment contract,” usually from a hospital or medical practice, which could define the essential terms of their…more

Employee Benefits, Employer-Owned Intellectual Property, Employment Contract, Hospitals, Malpractice Insurance

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Update to the Pennsylvania ABLE Act

As originally referenced in a January 2015 blog post (Link to post), the Pennsylvania ABLE Act was enacted in April to provide people with disabilities and their families with a way to plan for a financially secure future…more

ABLE Act, Disabled

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CMS Prohibits Long Term Care Facilities from Using Arbitration Agreements at Intake and Prior to Disputes

Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (“CMS”), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, issued a new Final Rule applicable to all long term care facilities that accept Medicare and Medicaid…more

Arbitration Agreements, CMS, Final Rules, Long Term Care Facilities, Medicare

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Severance Payments Can Be Taxed

It’s a common scenario for many employers. An employee who is terminated by the employer is offered a severance package. The employee would prefer that the severance payments are made under a 1099 (and therefore not subject to…more

FICA Taxes, Quality Stores, SCOTUS, Severance Pay

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Property Owners: Be Aware of Upcoming Washington Country Tax Reassessment

To culminate a process that has been years in the making, in February 2016, Washington County will be issuing notices to real estate owners showing their new property assessments. Because county, municipal and school district…more

Fair Market Value, Municipalities, Property Owners, School Districts, Tax Assessment

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“The ABC’S of ACB’S” – Arbitration Clauses in Bankruptcy Court

You’ve decided that your business will fare better if you put a mandatory arbitration clause into all of your contracts. You want to be fair to your counterparty, so you choose to arbitrate under the Federal Arbitration Act. …more

Arbitration Agreements, Automatic Stay, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Federal Arbitration Act

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A Signed Declaration Of Age Card Is Not The Only Defense To Prosecution For Selling Alcoholic Beverages To A Minor

The verification process of having purchasers complete a declaration of age card is overly burdensome on the licensee, especially at busy nightclubs, taverns, and restaurants. The licensee must weigh valid customer demands and…more

Good Faith, Hospitality Industry, Licensees, Licenses, Liquor

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When the Friendly Government Inspector Arrives

When I used to work in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, I would see it all the time. A government agency institutes an investigation. An investigator may have been provided information by a…more

Employer Liability Issues, Government Investigations

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Saving Time and Money when Selling a Small Business

Advance planning is crucial when you decide to sell your small business. You need to be at the center of that planning. Don’t abdicate your responsibility for selling your business to your lawyer, your accountant or your…more

Books & Records, Business Valuations, Buyers, Due Diligence, Exit Strategies

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FCC Rules that Informational Automated Messages Sent by Schools to Parent Cell Phones Do Not Violate the Federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act

In the Matter of Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (Petition of Blackboard, Inc.), CG Docket No. 02-278 (August 2016). The FCC confirms that schools may send informational messages…more

Auto-Dialed Calls, FCC, Prior Express Consent, Public Schools, TCPA

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Choosing Between Litigation And Arbitration – What’s At Stake?

The costs of litigation have risen dramatically in the past 10 to 20 years. Many factors contribute to that rise, including expanded discovery processes, the proliferation of electronic data storage, and the costs associated…more

Arbitration, Legal Costs

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Proposed 2704 Regulations: Significant Impact on Valuation Discounts for Family Businesses

Background: On August 4, 2016, the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service issued proposed regulations addressing the valuation of certain business interests for federal estate, gift and generation-skipping tax…more

Business Valuations, Closely Held Businesses, Estate Planning, Family Businesses, Proposed Regulation

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Overtime Rule

The Other Shoe has Dropped. The U.S. Department of Labor has just issued a long-awaited Final Rule that expands the right to overtime pay to over 4 million workers who are currently exempt. Under this Final Rule, which…more

DOL, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Over-Time

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The SEC Promulgates Long Awaited Rules on Investor Regulation Crowdfunding

Most of us are generally familiar with the concept of crowdfunding – the practice of a group of unrelated people financing a product with modest amounts of money online. Many recent crowdfunding efforts have involved charitable…more

Crowdfunding, Filing Requirements, Funding Portal, Popular, Regulation D

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Non-Discretionary Bonuses and Overtime Pay Calculations

More employees than ever may be categorized as non-exempt when the new Department of Labor (“DOL”) salary requirement for exempt employees becomes effective on December 1, 2016. Many formerly salaried, exempt employees will be…more

Bonuses, DOL, Non-Exempt Employees, Wage and Hour, White-Collar Exemptions

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Overtime Rule

The Other Shoe has Dropped. The U.S. Department of Labor has just issued a long-awaited Final Rule that expands the right to overtime pay to over 4 million workers who are currently exempt. Under this Final Rule, which…more

DOL, Final Rules, FLSA, Minimum Salary, Over-Time

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How Salable Is Your Business?

For most entrepreneurs, their retirement plan is to sell the business and use the proceeds to fund their retirement life style. They don’t want to hear that their business isn’t salable. …more

Entrepreneurs, Retirement Plan, Sales

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NLRB Says Employers Cannot Stop Employees From Recording Conversations In Meetings

On December 24, 2015, employees who want to make video and audio recordings of co-workers and company meetings received a holiday gift. In Whole Foods Inc. and United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 919, the National Labor…more

Audio Recording, NLRA, NLRB, Protected Concerted Activity, Section 7

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Courts Consider New Definition Of “Sex” Discrimination – What It Means For Pennsylvania Employers

Can employees in Western Pennsylvania sue their employer for sexual orientation discrimination under federal law? Right now, the answer is no – but that may be changing soon. In a landmark case called EEOC v. Scott…more

EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, LGBT, Policies and Procedures, Resignation

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Plan Sponsors – It’s That Time Of Year Again! Medicare Creditable Coverage Notices Must Be Sent By October 15th

If prescription drug coverage is offered under your group health plan, you must provide an annual notice by October 15th to plan participants (and their dependents) who are Medicare eligible, whether they are active employees,…more

CMS, COBRA, Deadlines, Employer Group Health Plans, Medicare

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Bad Teacher Reinstated Because District Did Not Follow Proper Termination Procedures

School Dist. of Philadelphia v. Jones, 139 A.3d 358 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2016). In order to terminate a teacher, a school district must strictly follow procedural requirements under the Pennsylvania School Code. In Jones, a teacher…more

Education Code, Hiring & Firing, Public Schools, Reinstatement, Teachers

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Here Is What Is Happening In Pennsylvania’s Legislature Regarding Trusts And Estates

Bill Ries has prepared a status report for the Pennsylvania Legislature’s current Trust & Estate matters. These tables summarize a number of bills that affect decedents’ estates laws and were introduced in the 2013-14…more

Estate Planning, Estate Tax, Inheritance, Inheritance Tax, Trusts

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City of Pittsburgh adopts Riverfront IPOD

On June 6, 2016, City of Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto signed legislation enacted by City Council amending the City of Pittsburgh Zoning Code by establishing a Riverfront Interim Planning Overlay District (“IPOD”). The…more

City Councils, Housing Developers, Land Developers, Local Ordinance, New Legislation

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House Bill 1800 – Ripple Effects on Medical Care for Injured Workers

While it seems the members of our state legislature have been busy doing nothing but arguing about the budget for the past year – one young state rep has proposed a bill that may have a positive effect on employers seeking…more

Health Care Providers, Independent Medical Review, Proposed Legislation, State Legislatures, Utilization Review

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Tucker Arensberg Vindicates Rights of Government Landlords In Bankruptcy Appeal

Attorneys Michael Shiner and Irving Firman obtained a successful decision on appeal confirming the right of a governmental landlord to evict tenants following rejection of leases in bankruptcy. The Housing Authority sought a…more

Appeals, Consumer Bankruptcy, Declaratory Judgments, Public Housing Authorities, Section 365

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New Safe Harbor Process for Transfer of Personal Data Between US and EU

If your company does business in Europe — including by selling products or services or by employing or collecting information about European residents — and transfers information or data to the US, you must comply with new EU…more

CJEU, EU, EU-US Privacy Shield, International Data Transfers, Registration Requirement

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Bankruptcy Blog Re: Debtor’s Funds When Case Is Converted From Chapter 13 To Chapter 7

The Supreme Court of the United States was recently asked whether, when a debtor in good faith converts a bankruptcy case to Chapter 7 after confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan, undistributed funds held by the Chapter 13 trustee…more

Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Plans, Chapter 13, Chapter 13 Conversions, Chapter 7

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Bankruptcy Blog Re: Debtor’s Funds When Case Is Converted From Chapter 13 To Chapter 7

The Supreme Court of the United States was recently asked whether, when a debtor in good faith converts a bankruptcy case to Chapter 7 after confirmation of a Chapter 13 plan, undistributed funds held by the Chapter 13 trustee…more

Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Plans, Chapter 13, Chapter 13 Conversions, Chapter 7

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Are Recorded Oil and Gas Leases Title Transactions Under Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act?

In a decision issued November 5, 2015 in the matter of Chesapeake Exploration, L.L.C. v. Buell, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled that a recorded oil and gas lease is a title transaction under Ohio’s Dormant Mineral Act (“ODMA”),…more

Mineral Leases, Oil & Gas, Transfer of Title

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Can covered entities run Windows XP and remain HIPAA compliant?

Microsoft recently announced that, after April 8, 2014, it will not longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP. Microsoft’s statement that “businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as…more

Compliance, Covered Entities, Data Protection, HIPAA

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EPA Endorses Upgraded All Appropriate Inquiry Standard

Buyers of real estate and their lenders are familiar with the Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. Originally developed in the 1980s in response to the CERCLA statute, the Phase I protocol has been refined over the years. …more

ASTM, CERCLA, Due Diligence, Environmental Policies, EPA

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Pennsylvania Court Confirms That School Districts May Target High Value Properties When Appealing Tax Assessments For The Purpose Of Increasing Revenue Without Violating The Uniformity Clause Of The Pennsylvania Constitution

Valley Forge Towers Apts. N, LP v. Upper Merion Area School District, 124 A.3d 363, 365 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2015). The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court holds that when a school district has reasonable and financial considerations of…more

Appeals, Arbitrary and Capricious, Discriminatory Effects Rule, Property Tax, School Districts

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Latest Legal Developments on Transgender Student Issues

Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., 136 S. Ct. 2442 (U.S. 2016): Supreme Court Stays Fourth Circuit Order allowing transgender student to use boys’ restroom; State of Texas, et al. v. United States of Amercia, et al., Case…more

Administrative Procedure Act, Educational Institutions, Gender Identity, Preliminary Injunctions, School Restrooms

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Lifting the Curtain on Union Organizing Campaigns

Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) Final Rule on Persuader Reporting Increases Transparency for Workers - The Persuader Final Rule realigns the Department’s regulations with the text of a law passed by Congress,…more

Collective Bargaining, Final Rules, LMRDA, OLMS, Persuader Rules

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Brought Down a Notch

Earlier lastweek the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued its 110 page opinion concerning the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) and CFPB enforcement action in PHH Corporation Et al vs Consumer…more

Abuse of Power, Administrative Proceedings, CFPB, Due Process, Enforcement Actions

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Phase II of HIPAA Audits Underway

The HHS Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) recently published an announcement describing the next phase of HIPAA audits of covered entities and business associates. As part of this second phase of the audit program, OCR will be…more

Business Associates, Covered Entities, HIPAA, HIPAA Audits, OCR

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Family Vacation Home Planning

Transferring a family vacation home to the next generation without causing family strife takes serious planning. Even if the ultimate decision is to have the children own the property outright and figure out how to make it work…more

Estate Planning, Family Limited Liability Companies, Family Limited Partnerships, Irrevocable Trusts, Maintenance

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Environmental Issues and the Presidential Candidates: How Will The Incoming President Affect My Business?

With all the hype surrounding the 2016 presidential candidates (and their Twitter accounts), it seems that environmental issues are getting lost in the noise. The two leading candidates, however, could not be more divided on…more

Clean Power Plan, Climate Change, Donald Trump, Environmental Policies, Hillary Clinton

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Arbitration Award Reinstating Teacher Charged With “Grooming” of Student Reversed by Court

Cornwall – Lebanon School District v. Cornwall – Lebanon Education Association, Court of Common Pleas of Lebanon County, Pennsylvania No. 2015-01556 (April 21, 2016). Common Pleas Court vacates Arbitrator’s award reinstating…more

Appeals, Arbitration Awards, Disciplinary Proceedings, Professional Misconduct, Public

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