There's A New I-9 In Town

Starting on September 18, 2017, all employers will be required to have completed a new I-9 Form for every NEW employee. However, you can start using the new form immediately.  more

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decides The Protz Case

On June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court handed down its decision in Protz v. WCAB (Derry Area School District). The Protz decision rendered unconstitutional, Section 306(a)(2) of the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act, eliminating the use of an impairment rating evaluation in order to change the disability status of an injured worker from total to partial thereby limiting the injured worker to 500 weeks of benefits.  more

NPDES Technology-Based Effluent Limits

Part Three of Four
This is the third article in this 4-part series: [1] about NPDES permits for wastewater discharges from Publicly-Owned Treatment Works (POTWs). All POTWs are required by regulation to give a copy of the current NPDES Permit to all of their Certified Operators. Certified operators, in turn, are required by regulation to know what the Permit requirements are and report to the Owner when a violation is-—or is likely to-—occur. Hence, all Certified Operators should become familiar with the provisions of their permits. Because it is the most complex topic, we discuss effluent limits in the first three installments. The fourth article will explore reporting requirements.  more

NPDES Water Quality-Based Effluent Limits

Part Two of Four
In the first article in this 4-part series, we discussed "Technology-Based" Effluent Limits, or TBELs, for C-BOD, TSS, pH, fecal coliform bacteria, residual chlorine, and oil and grease. These limits are set by regulation and apply to all POTW discharges regardless of whether or not they are necessary to protect water quality.   more

NPDES Technology Based Effluent Limits

Part One of Four
This is the first in a series of four articles [1] about NPDES permits for wastewater discharges from Publicly-Owned Treatment Works (POTWs). All POTWs are required by regulation to give a copy of the current NPDES Permit to all of their Certified Operators.   more

Should I Have My Own Attorney For Residential Real Estate Transactions?

Buying a home will probably be the largest and most significant purchase you will make in your life. Having an experienced real estate attorney who will protect your interests can help you avoid problems with a home purchase or sale.  more

Have Questions About Commercial Real Estate Valuation?

Selling? Buying? Refinancing? Tax Assessment Appeal? Condemned?
When establishing a value for commercial real estate, a qualified and experienced PA Certified real estate appraiser is essential. You should engage a professional appraiser who has been certified as a MAI, SRPA or SREA and will comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.  more

Court Injunction Puts New FLSA Overtime Regulations On Hold

FLSA Regulation Update
On November 22, 2016, the federal district court for the Eastern District of Texas granted a preliminary injunction, effectively stopping the implementation of the FLSA overtime regulations, which were scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016.   more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act: Do Your Employment Documents And Policies Comply?

The Federal Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) was amended on May 11, 2016, effective immediately. The newly amended law contains a whistleblower clause that provides immunity for the disclosure of trade secrets to government officials for the sole purpose of reporting violations of the law.   more

Pipeline Right Of Way Protection For Landowners

If you have been contacted about a proposal to install a pipeline on your property, contact an attorney experienced in this type of work before taking any steps to protect your rights. Pipeline companies often repeatedly contact landowners by telephone and mail attempting to obtain signatures on documents that may contain provisions which are not in their best interest.   more

Benefits of Naming A Trust As An IRA Beneficiary

Designating a primary and contingent beneficiary of your Individual Retirement Account (IRA) is a critical part of your overall estate plan. While most married account owners name their spouse or children as primary and/or contingent beneficiaries of their IRA, other beneficial options exist.  more

Use Of Smartphone Voice Memo App Can Be A Wiretap Violation

The Pennsylvania Superior Court ruled that the use of the voice memo app on a smartphone to record a conversation, without the permission of the participants in the conversation, is a violation of the Pennsylvania Wiretap Act.   more

Year-End Tax Planning Considerations

For many, year-end tax planning considerations includes making charitable contributions. When determining how much to contribute, there are number of issues that come into play. The beauty of most charitable gifts is that you get the full benefit of the face value of the asset. Careful planning is necessary to avoid financial and tax pitfalls.   more

Advantages Of Converting A Limited Partnership To An LLC

Two recent changes in Pennsylvania law made it advantageous to convert a limited partnership which owns real estate (and/or other income-producing assets) to a limited liability company.  more

Will Your Business Be a Victim of Cybersquatting?

The protection of your company's online identity is more important than ever before. You need a unique presence to maximize business from online inquiries. Because of the value of a business's online presence, dishonest competitors will sometimes attempt to improperly divert online search results through "cybersquatting."  more

Stormwater Management - The New Burden On Property Owners

It used to be the rule that rainwater runoff was not the responsibility of the landowner. The law recognized that water runs downhill. No longer. As EPA and the Pennsylvania DEP increase their emphasis on reducing pollutant discharges to the Chesapeake Bay, landowners are facing new legal and economic challenges.   more

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