Million Dollar Mistakes of the Rich and Famous: Why Everyone Needs an Estate Plan – Part 1

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By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire mfry@dioriosereni.com. Not all of us have become the rich and famous, but we can learn from their mistakes  the importance of having a proper estate plan in place.  An inexpensive estate plan can include not only a will, but also a living will, a power of attorney, and trusts.  As […]

School’s (Almost) Out for Summer – Now Get to Work, Kiddo!

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By:    Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire           LMikula@dioriosereni.com As summer vacation approaches, many teens look forward to obtaining a summer job to gain “real-life” experience and earn some cash before heading back to the books in September.   There are a number of important requirements regarding working conditions, however, those young workers, […]

“Til Death Do Us Part” Just Got Shorter: Pennsylvania Divorce Code’s New One-Year Separation Period

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By:    Robert B. George, Esquire rgeorge@dioriosereni.com When first enacted in 1980, Pennsylvania’s Divorce Code required a three-year separation period before a divorce could be obtained on no-fault grounds without consent. In 1988, the law was amended to reduce the waiting period to two years. Legislation to further reduce the waiting period, known as House […]

PRINCIPLES v. REALITY: THE COST OF LITIGATION

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire PLee@DiorioSereni.com As I was walking out of the courthouse last week, I overheard the conversation of two adults who were leaving ahead of me. Engaged in an obviously heated discussion, the woman bellowed to the man, “I’m going to hire a lawyer and I’m gonna sue … it’s just wrong […]

Feeling Conflicted: Are Human Resources Departments Properly Able to Handle Sexual Harassment Complaints in the Workplace?

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By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire Mfry@dioriosereni.com Recently at the Women in the World Conference, attorney Nancy Erica Smith warned, “HR is not your friend. HR will not help you.” Ms. Smith recently represented former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson in her sexual harassment suit against network founder Roger Ailes. “The first call you make is to […]

Pathway to Equality: Court Concludes Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula April 6, 2017 On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appeals court to hold that a person who alleges that she experienced employment discrimination on the basis of her sexual orientation has stated a claim of sex discrimination under Title VII. […]

BACK OFF BOSS: Workplace Bullying is the Next Frontier in Employment Litigation

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com The manager of a fast food restaurant in Missouri has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the December 2016 suicide of a teenaged worker she supervised. The felony complaint alleges that the manager’s bullying of the teen contributed to the young man’s tragic decision to end his […]

Greater Exposure to Exposure: Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Holds Local Government Agency Can Be Held Liable for Asbestos Exposure

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire        plee@dioriosereni.com In matter of first impression, the Commonwealth Court recently held that a local government agency – which includes school districts – can be liable to an employee for workplace exposure to asbestos dust if the condition causing exposure falls within one of the exceptions to governmental immunity. The case is Geier […]

Another Warning That Your Social Media May Be Discovered and Used Against You in a Civil Lawsuit

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire        plee@dioriosereni.com If you think about it, social media is a treasure trove of information in litigation. What types of things do you post or comment on? Will it come back to haunt you in 2 or 4 or 6 years? A plaintiff’s Facebook post – and a comment from the […]

Protecting Our Elders? Or Protecting Big Medicine? Federal Court Blocks Agency Rule Banning Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements in Nursing Homes

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire        plee@dioriosereni.com In September, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”)-a federal agency that controls Medicare and Medicaid funding-announced comprehensive revisions to the federal nursing home regulations, including a ban on pre-dispute arbitration agreements. The new rule banning pre-dispute arbitration agreements-along with most of the new rules-was scheduled to take […]

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