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Jun 22, 2017

Impairment Rating Evaluations Declared Unconstitutional

Over 20 years after Section 306(a.2) of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act was enacted, employers will no longer be able to limit partial disability benefits to 500 weeks based on an Impairment Rating Evaluation (IRE).  On June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued its opinion in Protz v. W.C.A.B. (Derry Area School District), holding that Section 306(a.2) of the Act, which establishes the procedure to modify an injured worker’s benefits from total to partial disability by way of an IRE, is unconstitutional. » Read More

May 15, 2017

Preventing and Mitigating the Nasty Corporate Divorce

Closely-held corporations are like marriages. When personalities mesh and goals are aligned, the family can prosper. When they don’t, you may end up in a nasty divorce.  When beginning a new venture, however, too many clients overlook the possibility of such a divorce.  Therefore, they forgo spending the time necessary to mitigate the possibility of future disputes.  » Read More

May 15, 2017

Partnership Disputes Can Continue Long After the Buyout

Binge watching HGTV is my guilty pleasure.  Those of you who suffer from the same vice, may have seen HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.”  Well, the stars of the show are now defendants in a million-dollar lawsuit.  So what happened?  Allegedly, the star of the show, Chip Gaines, persuaded his two previous partners to sell their 1/3 interest in Magnolia Realty for $2,500 apiece. » Read More

May 01, 2017

Will President Trump’s Tax Reform Affect Your Income Bracket?

President Trump announced his proposed tax reform proposal which he labels as the largest tax cut in history. In his proposal, virtually every business and individual will be affected on some level. This proposal has a long way to go before becoming law, and at that time may look much different. Therefore, our clients and friends should not get too excited or concerned at this moment.» Read More

Apr 17, 2017

Doctors Orders: Proposed medical marijuana regulations are under review

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently published its first set of proposed regulations for physicians and health care practitioners in connection with Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law. The regulations cover topics such as the required physician-registry, conflict of interest restrictions on physician ownership of medical marijuana businesses, and guidelines for issuing medical marijuana certifications to qualified patients. The regulations also discuss the prescription-drug monitoring database and physician training courses.» Read More

Jan 19, 2017

Data Breach Negligence Claims and Your Duties

On January 12, 2017, the Pennsylvania Superior Court affirmed the decision reached in Dittman v. Univ. of Pitts. Med. Ctr. by Judge Wettick of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County.  By finding that negligence claims alleging failure to provide reasonable data security for personal health and other information are not actionable, the Superior Court’s affirmation represents a significant step in the development of security and privacy laws.» Read More

Jan 03, 2017

Join us at our next seminar: Public-Private Partnerships: The bridge to successful infrastructure projects

John F. Lushis, Jr., Esq., (Solicitor to  NCGPA), Peter D. Hutcheon, Esq., John Brown (Northampton County Executive), Stan Rugis (Northampton County Director of Public Works), Ryan Durkin (Northampton County Solicitor), and Shawn Langen (NCGPA Chair), are pleased to invite you to “Public Private Partnerships: The bridge to successful infrastructure projects,” on Thursday, January 26. In this presentation, we will discuss the structure of P3 projects and the opportunities and advantages they provide.» Read More

Dec 27, 2016

2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation.  For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2017, the maximum compensation rate is $995.00 per week, which represents a 1.7% increase.

For information related to workers’ compensation issues, please contact me at bhollenbach@nmmlaw.comRead More

Dec 05, 2016

Eyewitness Report: IRS Public Hearing On Section 2704 Proposed Regulations

On December 1, the Internal Revenue Service held a public hearing to allow individuals to present oral testimony on the proposed regulations regarding “Estate, Gift and Generation-Skipping Transfer Taxes; Restrictions on Liquidation of an Interest (REG-163113-02)” that were released on August 2, 2016.  The publication of these proposed regulations indicated that the IRS would potentially disallow the discounting of the value of family business interests for purposes of the federal transfer taxes. » Read More

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