Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire [email protected] Date: October 30, 2020 On October 21, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) changed the definition of “close contact” with an infected individual for purposes of determining whether someone must self-quarantine for fourteen days.  For many months, the CDC had said that “close contact” meant spending a […]

COVID-19: Second Stimulus Check? Negotiations are picking up again. What you need to know.

By: Laurie A. McCarthy, Esquire [email protected] You will not pay taxes on stimulus money The IRS does not consider stimulus money to be income. The payments are considered to be a credit against your taxes. Stimulus payments will not reduce your refund or increase the amount you owe in taxes.  2. Does receiving the first […]

Litigation Spotlight—McDonald’s Sued for Racial Discrimination

By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire [email protected] Dozens of Black former owners of McDonald’s franchises recently filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in federal court in Illinois, alleging that McDonald’s denied them the same business opportunities that McDonald’s provides to white franchise owners.  The 52 plaintiffs –who ran a total of 200 restaurants—claim that they were “denied […]

Happy Labor Day 2020

By: Laurie A. McCarthy, Esquire [email protected] Labor Day weekend is here! Labor Day is typically celebrated across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, and fireworks displays. For most, this holiday means a three-day weekend, the end of summer, beginning of fall, and the start of a new school year. While this Labor Day will […]

COVID-19 : The Latest Guidance on Reopening Schools

By: Laurie A. McCarthy, Esquire [email protected] As summer is coming to an end, a lot of children and parents are wondering what school will look like for the 2020-2021 school year. On August 10, 2020, the Pennsylvania Departments of Health (DOH) and Education (PDE) released new guidance on the reopening of schools. According to the […]

COVID-19: Law Lab Initiative Launched

By: Robert B. George, Esquire [email protected]   On July 22, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) launched the COVID-19 Law Lab initiative, which gathers and shares legal documents from over 190 countries across the world to help states establish and implement strong legal frameworks to manage the pandemic. The goal of the COVID-19 Law Lab […]

COVID-19: Philly Enacts COVID-19 Whistleblower Protection

By: Laurie A. McCarthy, Esquire [email protected] Philadelphia is ahead of the curve – as the first city in the U.S. to prohibit retaliation against workers seeking to enforce COVID -19 public health protections. On June 26, 2020, after unanimous passage by Philadelphia City Council, the Mayor signed an ordinance that adds a new chapter to […]

COVID-19: Am I liable for the debt of my deceased relative?

By: Robert B. George, Esquire [email protected] Dealing with the death of a relative, especially during these already very trying and stressful times, is a difficult task at best.  The situation is only further compounded when you find yourself having to deal with individuals contacting you about their purported debts. If you should find yourself in […]


By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire [email protected] July 4 is a time to celebrate the founding of our nation and the hard-fought freedoms Americans enjoy, as well as providing an opportunity to reflect on those rights which our nation continues to strive to provide to all of its people. Due to governmental restrictions in place to […]

When is the Right Time to Call a Lawyer?

By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire [email protected] Every day we make many different decisions, some more difficult than others.  Most of the times we make the hard decisions ourselves, but when such decisions impact your health, family, or property, you may want to seek advice from a professional.  Just like you would call the doctor when […]

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