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About to Submit a New/Renewal DACA Application?

If you are one of the 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) recipients (nytimes.com) applying for renewal, or are interested in considering the program either for yourself or your child, the latest Supreme Court decision has allowed DACA to remain intact – for the moment. While the decision has been remanded for further proceeding Read More

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Are You a Rideshare Victim?

Have you been a victim of a rideshare accident – either as a passenger or as an innocent bystander on the street? If so, you may be eligible for compensation, including first party medical benefits (i.e. hospital bills and medical treatments) regardless of whether you own a car or hold car insurance. Pennsylvania requires rideshare Read More

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Hackers on the Hunt

Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, hackers have developed new tools and strategies to obtain personal information and scam internet users. Some popular forms of scamming include luring users to Dark Net sites advertising Covid vaccines and hacking into work remote desktops to steal company, employee and client information. Hackers are also stealing social Read More

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COVID-19 in the Workplace

Enock Benjamin, a worker at the JBS meat processing plant in Souderton, contracted Covid-19 and died. Mr. Benjamin’s Estate has filed a suit against his employer, JBS, in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. The JBS plant was required to stay open due to the President’s use of the Defense Production Act declaring the meat Read More

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Dangerous Roads Ahead

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Philadelphia has seen an alarming spike in traffic-related deaths. As mandatory stay at home orders have continued, the number of cars on the road has decreased leading to less congestion on streets and highways around the city. It’s no secret that open roads entice people to drive faster Read More

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Workers’ Compensation: Employee Injured While Working from Home…

The public health emergency has resulted in large numbers of employees working from home. What happens if an employee is injured on the job while working remotely? According to the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, benefits may be awarded to an employee for injuries sustained outside the workplace so long as the employee “is actually engaged Read More

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Could Barack Obama be President again?

This will probably not happen. But, Constitutionally, there is arguably a path to the Presidency again for President Obama. It all comes down to two Constitutional Amendments and how they work together. The first is the Twelfth Amendment, ratified all the way back in 1804, which states (relevantly): “[N]o person constitutionally ineligible to the office Read More

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CARES Acts’ Payroll Protection Program

The CARES Acts’ Payroll Protection Program (PPP) allows small businesses to apply for loans up to $10 million to cover business expenses such as payroll, rent or mortgage payment, and utility payments. Instances of suspected abuse of the program have made the news. Suspected culprits include: Harvard University, Shake Shack, and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. When Read More

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Workers’ Compensation Update

Employers and employees continue to battle over the amount of benefits that should be paid to injured workers. Whether workers’ compensation benefits should be reduced because an injured worker receives other benefits (i.e. pension) was addressed again in Consol Pennsylvania Coal Company/Bailey Mine Extension and East Coast Risk Management, LLC v. WCAB (Johnson). The injured Read More

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Remote Notarization

In our Virtual Estate Planning Blog, we pointed out that Wills need to be notarized to be self-proving and Financial Powers of Attorney need to be witnessed notarized to be effective. The notary statutes in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey require that the person signing the document appear before the notary. The physical appearance requirement Read More

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