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What Is the Family and Medical Leave Act? Part II

February 9th, 2017

By Alidz Oshagan The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) is a federal law that requires certain employers to provide qualifying employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. This blog post is Part II of a series providing an overview of the FMLA. Part I discussed the basics of the law, and this…

Couples in Civil Unions Can Now Divorce in Pennsylvania

January 26th, 2017

By Brett J. Zeitlin Same sex couples gained the legal right to marry in the state of Pennsylvania in May 2014. And along with the right to get married came the right to dissolve that marriage through divorce. Now, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has taken things a step further. Same sex couples joined in…

Work Injury or Just Another Day on the Job?

January 12th, 2017

By Matthew W. Slater We all know that the demands of our jobs can take a toll on our bodies, particularly for workers with a job that is physically demanding or involves performing repetitious tasks. How often do you come home after a long day at work with complaints of back, neck, knee or hand…

6 FAQs About Health Flexible Spending Arrangements (FSA)

December 29th, 2016

By Lauren Frankel As the end of the year comes to a close, you may need to make certain decisions relating to your employer-provided health care benefits. If your employer offers a Health Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), you might have questions about how an FSA works and whether it makes sense for you to participate….

Workers’ Compensation: A Workers’ Right that Warrants Protection

December 15th, 2016

By Marianne Henry Saylor Early in the 20th century, many states enacted legislation making it easier for workers injured at work to receive compensation while disabled from work injuries. Workers were no longer required to prove negligence in civil court in order to receive compensation for work injuries. The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act created an…

What Is the Family and Medical Leave Act? Part I

December 1st, 2016

By Alidz Oshagan The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that requires certain employers to provide qualifying employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. This blog post is Part I of a series of posts providing a basic overview of the FMLA. Part I provides an overview of: what employees/employers…

How Will Bankruptcy Affect My Credit Rating?

November 17th, 2016

By: Robert D. Steinberg People often worry about the effect of bankruptcy on their credit rating and of course, a good credit rating is extremely helpful if you are trying to buy a house or a car. Bankruptcy is rarely the first choice for dealing with debt, and, therefore, if your attorney finds that bankruptcy is…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Protects Public Employees’ Right to Privacy Concerning Home Addresses

October 31st, 2016

By John R. Bielski Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the Pennsylvania Constitution prohibits the release of public school employees’ home addresses when requested under the Right to Know Law. The decision, PSEA v. Commonwealth, represents a significant victory for all public employees in the Commonwealth as it prohibits the release of personal,…

Pennsylvania Unilateral No-Fault Divorce Now Requires Only a 1-Year Waiting Period

October 20th, 2016

By Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia On October 4, 2016, a new bill was signed into law, which reduces the required waiting period to obtain a unilateral, no-fault divorce, based upon the separation of the parties, from two-years to one-year. The new law takes effect in early December 2016. Under the existing law, parties seeking a no-fault divorce…

Restraints on Workers’ Compensation Statute Invalidated

October 10th, 2016

By Alaine S. Williams There has been increasing movement on a national basis to reduce workers’ compensation benefits in various ways. These have taken the form of, for example, reductions in benefits, exclusions of certain conditions from coverage, more stringent reporting requirements, reduced eligibility periods, and – the most draconian – authorization for employers to opt-out…

   
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