You Must be a Current Employee to Review your Personnel File!
July 18, 2018 By Thomas D. Rees, Esquire Last year, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that only current employees have the right to review their personnel files under the Pennsylvania Personnel Files Act. This decision in Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc. v. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, 162 A.3d 384 (Pa. 2017), does not […]
Social Security Disability: Meeting the Financial and Medical Eligibility Requirements
July 10, 2018 By Linay L. Haubert Being diagnosed with a potentially disabling medical condition and not being able perform the work you used to do is not a guarantee that you will be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. There are stringent rules and requirements, both financial and medical, which must be met in […]
Watch out for Non-Hire and Anti-Poaching Agreements!
June 27, 2018 By Thomas D. Rees, Esquire You are the CEO of Company A, a cutting-edge developer of new software. Over golf (or sushi), you agree with the CEO of equally cutting-edge Company B that each of you will not hire or try to hire away the other’s top talent. Is anything wrong with […]
Franchisee’s Struggle: Creating a Viable Business When Someone Else Calls the Shots on Your Social Media Presence
June 19, 2018 Social media has changed the way we see the world. From its modest beginnings as a way to connect people, social media has grown into an ever present force that cannot be ignored. We get the news (fake and otherwise), learn about new products, and keep in touch through social media. I’d […]
Be Prepared for Motorcycle Season
June 12, 2018 By Douglas Wayne As the long cold and rainy spring of 2018 fades into memory, motorcycle riders across the Commonwealth are taking out their bikes and getting ready for a glorious season of riding. However, the unfortunate truth is that motorcycle accidents can and do happen. Here are some thoughts about how […]
Planning a Funeral
June 5, 2018 By Stephanie A. Henrick People love to make plans-the perfect wedding, that dream vacation, a comfortable retirement, the kitchen remodel. Making plans is one of the great joys of life- except for when it comes to making plans for the end of it. Understandably, we don’t like to think about—much less make […]
Update on the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance
May 23, 2018 By James B. Shrimp The Ordinance On January 23, 2017, the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance (“Ordinance”) was signed by the Mayor. The Ordinance made it unlawful for any business that employs individuals in the City of Philadelphia to (1) inquire about a job applicant’s wage history (“Inquiry Provision”); or (2) to rely […]
Be Wary of “Binding Mediation”
May 15, 2018 By Richard C. Sokorai Over the last 100 years, High Swartz attorneys have engaged in countless cases involving alternative dispute resolution, representing litigants in arbitrations and mediations and serving as arbitrators and mediators. Recently however, I have noticed a newer concept being incorporated into contractual provisions and settlement discussions: “binding mediation”. Such […]
Alcohol Abuse and Custody: What Safeguards are Available?
May 2, 2018 By Elizabeth C. Early A straightforward custody case can be made extremely complex and contentious when accusations are raised regarding alcohol use and abuse. Regardless of whether the concerns are legitimate or not, alcohol use that may have been problematic, but tolerated while a relationship was intact, becomes magnified many times over […]
Leave No Stone Unturned
April 24, 2018 By Eric G. Marttila As stated in previous articles in this series, when faced with unexpected economic harms and losses due to personal injury, it is important to explore — and understand — all legal avenues and options which may be available to seek and secure appropriate benefits and compensation. Depending upon […]
You May Be Entitled to Multiple Disability Benefits! The Eligibility Requirements and the Interactions Between the Benefits Programs
April 17, 2018 By Linay L. Haubert If you are disabled, you may be entitled to disability benefits through multiple benefit programs. Before applying for disability benefits from multiple programs, it is important to know how benefit programs interact and how each applying for one benefit may affect your eligibility for another for other benefits. […]
Revocable Living Trust: Not the Magic Bullet
April 11, 2018 So what is a revocable living trust? A trust is a legal written agreement between various individuals: The individuals involved include the trustmaker, who is the person that creates the trust agreement (also commonly referred to as the grantor, trustor or settlor); the trustee, who is the person that manages the trust […]
April 4, 2018 Over the course of your professional career, you may have been required to sign a non-compete agreement, and if you haven’t yet, then now is a good time to learn about these somewhat common and important documents. Oftentimes you will be presented with a non-compete agreement when you are starting a new […]
How can municipalities control the AirBnB trend within their neighborhoods?
March 27, 2018 By Mark R. Fischer, Jr. The online marketplace for short term lodging is proliferating well beyond Jersey Shore and Poconos rentals. AirBnB’s are becoming a popular trend in suburban Philadelphia and in some townships, an unwanted land use. Since this trend started, the municipal and zoning lawyer in me has wondered how […]
Proceed with Caution: Parental Alienation – When the Accuser Becomes the Accused
March 20, 2018 By Brittany Yurchyk Parental alienation is one of the most complex custody issues our clients face. When a co-parent systematically manipulates your child to reject you, it is beyond terrifying. If the behavior is severe, it can have irreversible negative effects on your child’s psyche and development. However, before running into court […]
Private Short and Long Term Disability Benefits: Use Them If You Have Them
March 13, 2018 By Douglas Wayne A person who is disabled may be able to avail themselves of private short or long term disability benefits. Not everyone has access to short or long term disability benefits. Unlike Social Security benefits, short and long term disability benefits are based on a private contract of insurance. Usually, […]
Can You Trust Philadelphia’s (Ten Year Tax Abatement) Process?
March 6, 2018 By William F. Kerr, Jr. & Stephen M. Zaffuto Philadelphia’s Ten Year Tax Abatement Program has been in place for almost twenty years. It was instituted to spur new development and re-development, by exempting, for ten years, the value of any improvements to real estate. Over the past few years, many new […]
Avoiding Traps for the Unwary in College and School Vendor Contracts
February 28, 2018 By Thomas D. Rees, Esquire What can an educational administrator do when a vendor performs poorly under a long-term contract? Unless the college or school has tightened its procedures for contract drafting and approval, the answer may be “not much”. More than a few educational institutions have tried to cancel contracts with […]
Contesting a Will – Things to consider
February 23, 2018 By Donald Petrille, Jr. It’s an emotional time. A loved one has just passed away. You are struggling with the final arrangements and receiving the obligatory well-wishes from friends, family and acquaintances. You take comfort in knowing that your loved one had properly planned her estate. You believe, based on your close […]
Can A Landlord Evict a tenant for late rent?
Tenants in Pennsylvania have the right to pay and stay under the Landlord Tenant Act. 68 P.S. § 250.503(c). This means that a tenant can make payment up to the actual time of the eviction and remain in the property. A tenant is required to only pay the amount of the judgment plus costs, even if additional rent comes due after the judgment and before the eviction.