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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

Fair Market Value, Local Ordinance, Transfer Taxes

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The Cookie Crumbles in Baker’s Bid for a § 503(b)(9) Administrative Claim

Under section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code, a creditor may recover as a priority administrative expense the value of goods sold to the debtor in the ordinary course of its business that are “received” by the debtor within…more

Bankruptcy Code, Chapter 11, Commercial Bankruptcy, Creditors, Priority Disputes

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Employer-Mandated Fingerprinting May be Religious Discrimination

Sincerely believing that fingerprinting is “the mark of the devil” may be enough to sue your employer for religious discrimination and retaliation in federal district court. On Monday, October 30th, Western District of…more

Background Checks, Corporate Counsel, Employer Liability Issues, Fingerprints, Religious Discrimination

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Labor Law Update: Will Employers be Thankful for the NLRB’s new General Counsel?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) enforces and interprets the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which ensures the rights of employees to engage in collective bargaining and other union-related activities. During the…more

Administrative Appointments, NLRB, NLRB General Counsel, Presidential Nominations, Trump Administration

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Hague Convention Only Considers One Habitual Residence of a Child

When a child is removed from or retained in a country that is not a child's habitual ­residence a parent can seek to have the child ­returned to their habitual residence country under the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of…more

Appeals, Child Abduction, Child Custody, First Impression, Hague Convention

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The Trials of Co-Parenting with a Histrionic Personality

Co-parenting a child with a divorced spouse is difficult enough, but what do you do when your divorced spouse is diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder? The characteristics of this disorder are that the person exhibits…more

Child Custody, Co-Parenting, Divorce, Parenting Plans, Parenting Time

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A Wage and Hour Time Bomb: Case Highlights the Scope of FLSA’s “Fluctuating Workweek” Method for Paying Overtime

There are still quite a few unsettled questions regarding the details of how overtime compensation must be calculated and paid to employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Within these grey areas, collective and class…more

Corporate Counsel, DOL, Employer Liability Issues, FLSA, Fluctuating Workweek

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Labor Law Update: Will Employers be Thankful for the NLRB’s new General Counsel?

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) enforces and interprets the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which ensures the rights of employees to engage in collective bargaining and other union-related activities. During the…more

Administrative Appointments, NLRB, NLRB General Counsel, Presidential Nominations, Trump Administration

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Coming Soon to Your State? Laws Banning Inquiries into Applicant Salary History Gaining Steam

As reported by HRLegalist earlier this year, Philadelphia’s City Council unanimously approved a pay equity bill making Philadelphia the first city in the nation to adopt comprehensive “wage-gap” legislation. Under the Wage…more

Employer Mandates, Hiring & Firing, Local Ordinance, Pay Equity Laws, Pay Gap

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Pennsylvania Child Support and Adjustments for Extra Expenses

Pennsylvania law requires that child and spousal support be awarded pursuant to a statewide guideline. The state uses a formula to calculate the obligor’s share of basic child support…more

Child Support, Divorce, Separation, Spousal Support

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Enforcing Court Orders in Family Law

What happens when your former spouse or ex-partner refuses to comply with a court order? After going through a difficult court proceeding and draining your bank account to pay legal fees, it is very frustrating when the adverse…more

Divorce, Trial Court Orders

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New Jersey Supreme Court questions enforceability of contractual time limits on employees’ rights to sue

On December 1, 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court held argument in Sergio Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Co. Inc. The primary issue in this appeal is whether a contractual provision contained in an employment application that…more

Contract Terms, Discrimination, Employment Contract, Enforceability, Statute of Limitations

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Circuit Court is asked to Overturn NLRB’s Decision Allowing Surreptitious Workplace Recordings

Can employees record conversations at the workplace without the consent of the speakers? Or, can an employer enforce a policy that prohibits employees from recording conversations at work unless they have the consent of all the…more

Appeals, Audio Recording, Consent, Employer Liability Issues, NLRB

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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

Banks, Estate Planning, Financial Institutions, New Legislation, Notary Certificates

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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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Feats of Strength: EEOC sues CSX for Employee Strength Tests as Gender Discrimination Under Title VII

The EEOC recently filed suit against CSX Transportation, Inc. (“CSX”) in Federal Court in West Virginia, on behalf of a nationwide class of female employees. In the suit, the EEOC alleges that CSX’s policy of requiring employees…more

Disparate Impact, EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Gender Discrimination, Title VII

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How the EEOC is Cracking Down on Equal Pay Act Violations in the Food Service Industry

With the prevalence of gender discrimination lawsuits in the media and the increasing number of equal pay laws nationwide, employers in the food services industry would be wise to review their hiring and payroll practices as…more

EEOC, Employer Liability Issues, Equal Pay Act, Gender-Based Pay Discrimination, Restaurant Industry

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Sharing The Holidays

As we approach the holiday season, clients often wonder how the first Christmas that the parties are separated will be handled, especially what will happen with the children. Will Santa Claus really visit both Mom and Dad’s…more

Child Visitation, Divorce, Holidays

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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, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Net Neutrality

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What is an Estate Executor’s Role?

Often when a person is appointed to serve as the executor (if there was a will) or administrator (if there was not a will) of a family member or friend’s estate they have not had experience with the role or process. This post…more

Estate Planning, Executors, Fiduciary Duty, Probate, Trusts

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Pennsylvania Legislature Exploring Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment

The Pennsylvania legislature is currently considering legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act (the “Act”) to provide for court-ordered outpatient treatment for those suffering from mental…more

Health Care Providers, Mental Health, Outpatient Services, Pending Legislation

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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, Internet Service Providers (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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Senate Confirms Emanuel to NLRB, 3-2 Republican Majority Signals Potential Changes on the Way

As covered earlier by HR Legalist, the Trump Administration was expected to make changes to labor and employment law through appointments to federal agencies, including the EEOC and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). At…more

Ambush Election Rules, Bargaining Units, Joint Employers, Labor Code, NLRB

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Avoid Scams and Ensure Tax Deductions When Donating to Hurricane Relief

In the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, you may be looking to make a charitable donation to support relief efforts. With dozens of organizations accepting donations, it can be difficult to know (1) whether you are donating to…more

Charitable Donations, Charitable Organizations, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Non-Profits

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Talented child, higher child support obligation?

The rise of social media such as YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Vine and Tumblr has undoubtedly put a spotlight on talent. Today, more children than ever are getting their “big break” within minutes of parents posting a video of…more

Child Support, Social Media

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Under New Jersey’s New Child Relocation Standard, Best Interests is King

In a much anticipated decision issued on August 8, 2017, the Supreme Court of New Jersey in Bisbing v. Bisbing overturned the well-established standard applied by courts in determining whether a primary custodian should be…more

Best Interest Standard, Child Custody, Relocation

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Is it Possible to Undo My Divorce?

You and your spouse signed the settlement agreement, the court entered your divorce, a few weeks or months have gone by, but now you regret some or all of the terms of your divorce. Maybe you think you could have gotten more…more

Divorce, Evidence, Misrepresentation, Settlement Agreements

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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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Parental Alienation in High Conflict Custody Cases

One of the most challenging aspects of divorce for parents is learning to move past the marital conflict in order to promote a healthy relationship between the children and a soon-to-be ex. All too often, in high conflict…more

Best Interest Standard, Child Custody, Child Visitation, Divorce

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[Event] How Diversity Drives Business Success - June 8th, Philadelphia, PA

A diverse workforce is essential to success in today’s marketplace. We are pleased to announce an important and timely panel discussion and networking event: How Diversity Drives Business Success. We have an impressive panel of…more

Diversity, Events, Strategic Planning

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How Decisions Regarding Custody and Visitation are Made in Delaware

Family Court judges are charged with making custody and visitation decisions regarding Delaware’s children. In each case brought before the judge, he or she sets custodial and residential arrangements in accordance with the best…more

Best Interest Standard, Child Custody, Child Visitation, DE Supreme Court, Family Courts

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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

Banks, Estate Planning, Financial Institutions, New Legislation, Notary Certificates

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Pennsylvania Legislature Exploring Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment

The Pennsylvania legislature is currently considering legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act (the “Act”) to provide for court-ordered outpatient treatment for those suffering from mental…more

Health Care Providers, Mental Health, Outpatient Services, Pending Legislation

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How Can I Get A Quickie Divorce?

This is a question that I am often asked—and for good reason. The divorce process can be emotionally and economically draining. Simply put, no one wants to litigate for longer than he/she needs to. Many people that I talk to…more

Divorce

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Pennsylvania Legislature Exploring Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment

The Pennsylvania legislature is currently considering legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act (the “Act”) to provide for court-ordered outpatient treatment for those suffering from mental…more

Health Care Providers, Mental Health, Outpatient Services, Pending Legislation

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Pennsylvania Legislature Exploring Court-Ordered Outpatient Treatment

The Pennsylvania legislature is currently considering legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Mental Health Procedures Act (the “Act”) to provide for court-ordered outpatient treatment for those suffering from mental…more

Health Care Providers, Mental Health, Outpatient Services, Pending Legislation

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How Computer Forensics Can Affect Your Divorce Case

As people spend more and more time on digital and electronic devices (smartphones, laptops, ipads, and computers), digital information becomes more relevant in divorce cases. Social media, computers and cell phones become very…more

Divorce, Electronic Communications, Evidence, Mobile Devices, Social Networks

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How Computer Forensics Can Affect Your Divorce Case

As people spend more and more time on digital and electronic devices (smartphones, laptops, ipads, and computers), digital information becomes more relevant in divorce cases. Social media, computers and cell phones become very…more

Divorce, Electronic Communications, Evidence, Mobile Devices, Social Networks

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If You Have Plans to Travel with Your Children This Summer Here Are 5 Things You Need To Know

Does your custody agreement or order provide for exchange of information – most custody orders require parents to exchange information regarding travel with the children. Generally you will need to provide, in writing, the…more

Custody Agreements, International Travel, Minor Children, Passports

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