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COVID-19: Safely Returning to Work – Employers’ Obligations and Employees’ Rights

By: Laurie A. McCarthy, Esquire As many states are reopening their economies and employees are heading back into the workplace, there is a lot of uncertainty about how to keep workers safe, especially those who may be at higher risk due to age or a medical condition[1].  To address the concerns of employers and employees […]

Covid-19: Construction Alert – Are You Ready For Construction Operations To Safely Resume?

By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire Construction operations in Pennsylvania resumed as of May 1, 2020.   Is your work site prepared for operations in a COVID-19 world? Conducting construction operations in an age of social distancing brings with it numerous unprecedented—and complex—new considerations such as, for example, the following: COVID-19 safety plans and selection of a […]

COVID-19: Does Your Business Insurance Policy Cover Your Losses During the COVID–19 Shutdown? Your Insurance Company May Tell You No, But That May Not Be the Truth

By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire As the stay-at-home orders and business shutdowns continue, you hear many stories from small businesses about being unable to take advantage of the stimulus funds or loans to keep their businesses afloat.  Many businesses that have comprehensive insurance have also asked their insurance agents and brokers about filing a claim […]

COVID-19: Remote Notarization is Permitted in Pennsylvania, For Now. What You Need to Know to Get Your Documents Notarized from Home

By: Matthew H. Fry, Esquire             Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pennsylvania has enacted a law allowing for remote notarization of documents during this crisis. Now, with the use of video conferencing and a remote notary, you can have a will prepared and executed, create a power of attorney, go to closing on a new […]

COVID-19: The Impact Upon Child Support Obligations

By: Robert B. George, Esquire             The current COVID -19 pandemic is sending the world into a state of panic and distress, with Pennsylvania being among one of the many States that have mandated Stay-at-Home Orders and the shutting down of all non-essential businesses.   As a result, many individuals within Pennsylvania, as well as across […]

COVID-19: What you need to know about the federal Small Business Administration loans available under the CARES Act’s Paycheck Protection Program

By: Laurie A. McCarthy, Esquire What’s the purpose? To provide small businesses with an incentive to keep their workers on the payroll during this COVID-19 crisis. Who can apply? All businesses–including nonprofits, veterans organizations, Tribal business concerns, sole proprietorships, self-employed individuals, and independent contractors–with 500 or fewer employees can apply. Businesses in certain industries can […]

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What It Means For You and Your Business

By: Laurie A. McCarthy, Esquire On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Senate passed the U.S. House of Representative’s “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” by a vote of 90-8, and President Trump signed the act into law the same day.  While the Act is far more comprehensive, this blog addresses only the Emergency Paid Sick Leave […]

COVID-19: Sensible Tips for the Workplace

By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire As more confirmed cases of COVID-19 spread across Pennsylvania, employers and workers are struggling to balance preventing the spread of the virus with the need to continue operating businesses and earning a paycheck.  I offer the following suggestions to help navigate the unique circumstances presented by COVID-19 in the workplace: […]

Trial Advocacy 2.0: The Power of Jury Focus Groups

By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire In celebration of Washington’s Birthday last week, the Los Angeles Times published a fascinating article about how the views of our nation’s Chief Executives fluctuate over time.[1]  Although the basic facts regarding many of our Presidents remain essentially static, changes in social norms, as well as the personal life experiences […]

Presidents’ Day? Nope, It’s Still Officially Called Washington’s Birthday, and Here’s Why.

By: Robert B. George, Esquire We first learned in grade school about the life and work of George Washington, the first president of the United States. His first term as president was from 1789 to 1793, and his second term was from 1793 to 1797. Before becoming President, he played important roles in our military, […]

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