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Aug 13, 2015

Recent Developments in Employment Law…

Aug 07, 2015

Taxpayers: Fincen Form 114 (Electronic FBAR) Due Date Modified Along with Other Due Dates

The Senate passed the short-term highway funding extension last week, and the bill was signed into law by the President on July 31, 2015.  The new law modifies the due dates for several important tax returns as follows for tax years beginning after December 31, 2015.

Fincen Form 114 (the electronic FBAR) is now changed from June 30 to April 15. » Read More

Aug 05, 2015

Early Returns on Efficacy Of Electronic Health Records

Through recent state and federal statutes, there has been a well-publicized push for healthcare providers to embrace electronic health records (EHR).  The presumption is that patients would be safer and patient care would be improved through the use of EHR, but has that presumption been validated?  Although we can only look at “early returns,” it does appear that EHRs are having a positive impact on patient care.» Read More

Jul 27, 2015

PA Department of Revenue Brews Up New Sales Tax Opinion: A MUST READ for All PA Breweries

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue recently issued a clarification regarding collection of sales tax for retail sales by manufacturers of malt beverages. Based upon inconsistent reports of audits and varying opinions of accountants, the Brewers of Pennsylvania met with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and solicited an opinion as to collection and remittance of sales tax by manufacturers of malt beverages when selling at retail.» Read More

Jul 15, 2015

Hey, hey, hey! Bill Cosby Case Highlights Importance of Sealing Records

A recent string of bad news for Bill Cosby continued last week, as it was revealed that he admitted in a 2005 deposition to obtaining prescriptions for depressants which he intended to use to have sex with a woman.  Although much attention has been paid to the scandalous nature of this discovery, it is also important to examine how Cosby’s sealed testimony from a decade ago came to light.» Read More

Jul 09, 2015

Recent Second Circuit Ruling on Unpaid Internships Asks the Age Old Question: Who Gets the Most out of This Relationship?

As we have discussed at length previously, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) in May of 2010 issued a “new” test to determine if an internship can be classified as “unpaid.”   As a result of that test, the floodgates opened on lawsuits against employers who used unpaid internships.  One of the first such lawsuits involved Fox Searchlight and interns who worked on the Black Swan movie set. » Read More

Jul 08, 2015

Act 153 Amendments Clarify Background Check Requirements

Although much attention has been given to the ongoing budget battle between Governor Wolf and the Pennsylvania legislature, a little-publicized but important act of bipartisanship emerged from Harrisburg late last week.  As has been detailed on this blog, Act 153 of 2014, which mandates certain background checks for employees and volunteers who interact with children, became effective on January 1, 2015. » Read More

Jul 07, 2015

The Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act Found Inapplicable to Government Contractors

Enacted in 1994, the Pennsylvania Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”) was intended to provide contractors and subcontractors with additional remedies against persons or entities that do not pay them for their services.  Historically, CASPA has applied to all construction contracts and subcontracts within Pennsylvania, with limited exceptions as set forth in the Act.  By Opinion dated June 15, 2015, however, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has unanimously decided that CASPA does not apply to construction projects where the project owner is a government entity.» Read More

Jul 06, 2015

King v. Burwell Supreme Court of the United States Upholds Provisions of Affordable Care Act

On June 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (the “Court”) upheld a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act” or “PPACA”) – a challenge to the Act based on a provision of a law providing tax credits to certain individuals.» Read More

Jul 01, 2015

Obamacare: Insuring Your Children Post-Divorce

Since its inception, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) and “Obamacare,” has been a lightning rod for controversy.  The ACA took center stage before the United States Supreme Court (again) in early March, when the nine Justices heard oral argument in King v. Burwell, a highly anticipated and potentially consequential case. » Read More

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