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Pay Me Now… or Pay Me (Much More) Later!

December 12, 2017 By Eric G. Marttila When an employment relationship ends – whether by termination or resignation – employers must be aware of their obligation to pay any wages then due and owing, or be prepared to suffer the substantial consequences.  Under Pennsylvania’s Wage Payment and Collection Law (“WPCL”) 43 P.S. §260.1 et seq., […]

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When Unexpected Income Loss Strikes Home: What Are Your Options?

December 6, 2017 By Douglas Wayne Few people are adequately prepared for a sudden or unexpected loss of income due to no fault of their own.  The cause for the loss of income can take many forms.  Perhaps a negligent driver runs a stop sign and strikes your vehicle, leaving you in pain and unable […]

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A Primer on Impeachment in the United States According to the U.S. Constitution

November 21, 2017 By Joel D. Rosen Impeachment. It is a term that has been raised by political opponents, whether or not warranted, since the ratification of the Constitution, but seemingly with more frequency since the Nixon administration. Impeachment is now being raised in discussions regarding President Trump. But what do we know about the […]

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Residential Lease: More Than an Annoying Formality

November 1, 2017 By Melanie E. Murphy Picture this: you’ve been scouring Craigslist for weeks trying to find the perfect house or apartment to rent.  You finally discover one that hits all of your criteria. You contact the landlord, tour the property, fill out the application, and you think you’re ready to go to enjoy […]

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FAQs for Employers on Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Benefits

October 25, 2017 By Thomas E. Panzer Based upon the Pennsylvania Statewide Average Weekly Wage, the maximum compensation payable under the Workers’ Compensation Act, is $995 per week for injuries occurring on and after Jan. 1, 2017. As an employer, you have the responsibility to provide workers’ compensation coverage to your employees. You also have […]

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Workers’ Compensation in PA: Who Has Control Over the Work

October 11, 2017 By Thomas E. Panzer There is no bright line rule to determine the existence of an employer-employee relationship under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act; however, the Pennsylvania Courts have created guidelines and have established certain factors to take into consideration in answering the question. The primary factor in determining whether a particular […]

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The Survivor Takes All… NOT ALWAYS

September 27, 2017 by Mary R. LaSota Married without a Will in Pennsylvania?  Do you think your surviving spouse will inherit everything?  Think Again.  For those assets that are not disposed of by Will, or by a beneficiary designation (i.e., 401(k), insurance proceeds, IRA) or by survivorship rights (i.e., tenancy by the entirety, joint tenancy […]

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Failure to pay Condo or HOA dues could lead to excessive penalty fees!

September 21, 2017 by Kevin Cornish Many individuals in Pennsylvania live in planned communities such as townhouses or condominiums.  Association dues and assessments, as well as possible penalties and fines, are regularly due from homeowners to the association.  If a homeowner fails to make payment, it could lead to liability far in excess of the […]

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Want a Judge instead of an Arbitrator?

September 6, 2017 by Donald Petrille, Jr. If you want your case heard by a Judge instead of an Arbitrator – Be sure to read those forms! The Superior Court of Pennsylvania recently decided the case of Fellerman v. PECO.  The case involved a homeowner who alleged a home inspector failed to find a rotting […]

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Hey Boss, Give Me the Tips I Earned! Not So Fast.

August 8, 2017 By James B. Shrimp There is a common misconception that an employee that works for tips – e.g., restaurant and hotel workers –  are always entitled to the tips they earn.  However, this is not true if the employer pays you at least minimum wage. Legal Background The Fair Labor Standards Act […]

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Child Care Workers’ Challenge to Firing for Reporting Abuse

July 25, 2017 By Thomas D. Rees, Esq. On May 23, 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior Court issued an important employment law decision, affecting everyone who works with children.  In Krolczyk v. Goddard Systems, Inc., ___ A.3d ___, 2017 WL 2255554 (Pa. Super. May 23, 2017), the Court allowed ex-employees to sue for wrongful discharge after […]

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