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“Framework” For Proposed Federal Tax Law Changes Is Released

“Framework” For Proposed Federal Tax Law Changes Is Released

October 11, 2017

On September 27th, the Trump Administration and select members of Congress have released a “unified framework” for tax reform. This document provides more detail than a number of other tax reform documents that have come from the Administration over the past few months, but it still leaves many specifics to be worked out by the […]

How Much Is Too Much?  [FMLA And More]

How Much Is Too Much? [FMLA And More]

October 10, 2017
Posted in Employment Law

I often receive inquiries from employers asking whether they have to allow an employee to take unpaid medical leave after the employee’s sick time is exhausted, or after the employee’s Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave expires. Often there is no clear cut answer. The federal courts, most notably the Third Circuit which covers federal […]

Good News For The Unaware Employer

Good News For The Unaware Employer

October 6, 2017
Posted in Employment Law

As all employers should know, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) requires that non-exempt employees be paid an overtime rate in the amount of one and one-half times their regular rate for all hours worked over 40 hours in a work week. Failure to comply with the FLSA overtime pay requirements subjects the employer to […]

Driverless Vehicles Driving Change in Real Estate?

Driverless Vehicles Driving Change in Real Estate?

October 4, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Five years ago, autonomous vehicles were merely a concept from some futuristic sci-fi film; however, today, driverless vehicles are already being tested on roads and companies are ready to implement driverless technology on a large scale. This innovation will not only impact the auto industry, but will also have substantial effects on real estate. Thus, […]

Sovereign Immunity

Sovereign Immunity

September 22, 2017
Posted in Litigation

In Pennsylvania, there is a difference between suing a private citizen and suing a municipality — such as a township or city — and even the State of Pennsylvania as governmental entities. Municipalities and Pennsylvania are afforded what is called “sovereign immunity.” The Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity dates back to ancient Rome but was predominant […]

Are YOU Protected If You Are Involved In A Motor Vehicle Accident?

Are YOU Protected If You Are Involved In A Motor Vehicle Accident?

September 18, 2017
Posted in Personal Injury

Most of us rely on an insurance agent to help us choose the coverages on our motor vehicle insurance policy, but do you fully understand that policy?  In the personal injury field, we meet with injured clients often, who unfortunately do not realize the insurance choices they made determine whether or not they can be […]

If You Had the Chance to Choose Home Court Advantage, Why Wouldn’t You?

If You Had the Chance to Choose Home Court Advantage, Why Wouldn’t You?

September 13, 2017
Posted in Litigation

Where battle is waged can be a very practical strategic consideration in any litigation.  So if you had the chance to choose to have home court advantage, why wouldn’t you?  Many times this can be done by agreement.  Parties can agree to the appropriate “forum” in the event a dispute arises between them and litigation […]

Zoned Here For The Beer

Zoned Here For The Beer

August 29, 2017
Posted in Real Estate Law

Armed with brewing talent, a good business sense, and an inherent love of “good beer,” microbrewers are obtaining brewery licenses and moving their basement operations into the cities, suburbs, and rural landscapes across Pennsylvania.  In expanding their operations, brewers need a location that will permit their honed brewing process and accommodate their larger equipment, but […]

Tax Implications in Settling a Construction Defect Claim

Tax Implications in Settling a Construction Defect Claim

August 1, 2017

Have you thought about the tax implications in settling your construction defect claims? My clients often ask me whether the settlement or judgment money from their construction defect claim is taxable as income. The U.S. Tax Code defines income very broadly under 26 U.S. Sec. 61 and provides that “gross income means all income from […]

Protecting Your Credit

Protecting Your Credit

July 28, 2017
Posted in General News

In this era of identity theft, most consumers are aware of the importance of regularly reviewing their credit reports to ensure that no fraudulent accounts have been opened in their name.  However, there are many other factors that consumers might not necessarily be aware of,  that could affect their credit rating.  One of those factors […]

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