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UPDATE: The SECURE ACT has now been enacted

The Act was attached by to the 2020 Appropriations Bill on Monday by Amendment. The House passed the Appropriation Bill on Tuesday December 17 and the Senate passed the Bill on Friday December 20. The President signed the Bill into law the same day.

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Pennsylvania Sees Spike in Workplace Discrimination Against Pregnant Women

Twenty-four states have passed laws to prevent workplace discrimination against pregnant women, but Pennsylvania has not. Recently, many expectant mothers in PA have come forward claiming that their hours have been cut dramatically, they were forced to work in unsafe conditions, or they were fired after telling their managers they were pregnant. According to the Read More

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Taylor Swift faces copyright lawsuit that she can’t quite Shake Off

Artist of the Decade award winner Taylor Swift has gotten herself into some Bad Blood with musical group 3LW as an ongoing copyright lawsuit recently moved to Appellate Court. In the chorus of Swift’s 2014 Billboard Top Chart single Shake It Off, Swift sings “Players gonna play, play, play, play, play, and the haters gonna Read More

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Tax Review Board

The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas recently published its August 28, 2019 explanation of its decision in Diane Zilka v. City of Philadelphia Tax Review Board in favor of the Tax Review Board (TRB). The essence of this particular case is whether the City of Philadelphia must grant tax credits against the Philadelphia Wage Tax Read More

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Elevator Safety Bill

Every day, millions of people ride elevators expecting to arrive on their floor safely and unharmed. But according to the CDC, 17,000 people are injured by elevator incidents each year. Generally, this is due to a lack of regulation and enforcement to keep the elevators properly maintained. Pennsylvania government plans to change this. PA Governor Read More

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WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

According to OSHA, there were nearly 3.5 million workplace injuries or illnesses in 2017 alone. More than a million of those injuries caused the employee to lose time from work. In addition to pain, disability, and financial strain these injuries cause, the injured workers are faced with stress and confusion associated with navigating the varied, Read More

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REAL ID & Philadelphia Marriage Certificates

Beginning next fall, all Pennsylvania residents are required to hold a REAL ID in order to fly domestically or enter government facilities. The process of securing a REAL ID is much more complicated than that of a driver’s license because REAL ID applicants are required to present four different types of legal documentation to PennDOT. Read More

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Kidde Recalls 40 Million Fire Extinguishers

Kidde, the well-known manufacturer of fire safety products, has announced a recall of over 40 million fire extinguishers. According to Kidde’s recall page, 134 models of plastic handle extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and 2017, as well as eight models of push-button Pindicator extinguishers made between 1995 and 2017, are the devices in question. It has Read More

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Real Estate Law

From transactions to litigation, real estate matters can be some of the most stressful and costly endeavors in which individuals or businesses engage. Even a “standard” real estate transaction can be confusing to review. Having an experienced real estate attorney looking out for your best interests can relieve that stress and protect you from great Read More

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Tax Relief

Tax relief and IRS settlement advertisements insinuate that you can settle your tax debt for “pennies on the dollar.” While this may be true in some cases, those advertisements do not set reasonable expectations for most clients. The IRS has a process called an “Offer-In-Compromise” (OIC) that allows them to collect what they determine to Read More

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