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Annual LGBTQ Workplace Survey Findings

In a recent study by Glassdoor, 53% percent of LGBTQ Americans have experienced or witnessed anti-LGBTQ comments at work. Anti-LGBTQ comments can vary from phrases like “that’s so gay” to “I don’t support same-sex marriage.” The survey also showed that 43% of LGBTQ employees admit to not being fully out at work while almost half Read More

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Professional Licensing and Discipline

Are your bar exam studies being disrupted by stress that, even if you do pass the exam, you may be denied admission on character and fitness grounds? Or perhaps you’re already practicing, but you’ve received notice that charges of unethical conduct have been brought against you? At Leonard Sciolla, we know that your professional license Read More

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THE SECURE ACT AND ITS PROBABLE EFFECTS

On May 23, 2019, the House of Representatives passed the Setting Every Community Up For Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act 417-3, with 12 abstentions. This bill represents the largest change in retirement savings since the 2006 Pension Protection Act. The Senate previously had a companion bill, the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act, but is now expected Read More

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A Sparkling Dilemma

In 2017, House Bill 542 was passed allowing the legal statewide sale of certain fireworks to citizens. However, the Bill is in direct conflict with the Philadelphia Fire Code which strictly prohibits people from actually using them within City limits unless you have a permit. The two laws were in conflict last Fourth of July as well. Read More

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Estate Planning

We spend many years going to school and then pursuing a job, a family, or both. Hopefully, the student loan debt is satisfied and we begin to accumulate property. It may be a house, a rental property, a vacation property, furniture, jewelry or motor vehicles. Even if you do not have all of those items Read More

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Legislative Update

Two months ago, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to assess whether current federal law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (read more about that here). That issue is now also being considered on a local level. Pennsylvania Representative Dan Frankel and State Senator Larry Farnese recently introduced two bills Read More

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Fourth Circuit Ruling on Decision to Rescind DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, is a program created by the Obama Administration for individuals who entered the United States before age sixteen and are now in undocumented or illegal status. Under DACA, the U.S. government can defer deportation of these individuals and the recipients are able to work, obtain Read More

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Commercial & Civil Litigation

No two lawsuits are ever the same, but no matter what, if you or your business are involved in litigation, you need a knowledgeable, experienced, and tenacious lawyer. The attorneys at Leonard Sciolla have experience representing businesses and individuals in a wide variety of cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. We are aggressive, creative, and Read More

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Pennsylvania REAL ID

Starting October 2020, a Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo identification card will not be enough to fly domestically. At that time, all Pennsylvania residents will be required to have a “REAL ID” or some other federally-accepted form of identification in order to fly domestically or enter federal and military buildings. Currently, persons holding a state-issued Read More

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Summer Shore Traffic

Motor vehicle accidents are an unfortunate and often fatal consequence of increased traffic along state highway systems. Increased volume of drivers and unpredictable traffic patterns may increase the risk of possible accidents for drivers. One sure traffic pattern that many residents in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and the greater Philadelphia area face is the inevitable congestion Read More

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