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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

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

May 06, 2015

NMM’s 3rd Annual Economic Development Symposium a Success

We hosted our 3rd Annual Economic Development Symposium on April 30 at the Renaissance Allentown. My colleagues John Lushis and Graham Simmons, along with Scott Dunkelberger, Executive Director of the Center for Business Financing, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and Don Cunningham, President and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corp. (LVEDC), discussed the current and future focus of economic development in Pennsylvania, highlighting the practice of working with economic development incentives.  » Read More

Feb 11, 2015

Governor Wolf Announces Support for Higher Minimum Wage

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced that increasing the state’s minimum wage ranks among his top priorities for the current legislative session. Governor Wolf stated that he supports a bill recently introduced in the General Assembly that would raise the state minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $10.10/hour over the course of two years. The bill would also increase the minimum wage each year with a cost of living adjustment that is tied to inflation.» Read More

Jan 06, 2015

New Laws Regarding Pennsylvania’s Powers of Attorney Affecting More Than the Individual

Pennsylvania recently enacted new legislation regarding Powers of Attorney that became effective on January 1, 2015. These new laws do not invalidate any currently existing Powers of Attorney, but they might change the way that the documents are interpreted. These new laws also affect commercial lending transactions, commercial leases, and other documents such as motor vehicle transfers. Click here to read more about how these documents are affected.» Read More

May 27, 2014

Pennsylvania Strikes Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

On May 20, a federal court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania issued its legal opinion that Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.  The result of this opinion is that same-sex partners in Pennsylvania may now legally marry one another.  Additionally, marriages between same-sex partners that were performed in other states will now be recognized by Pennsylvania as a valid legal marriage. » Read More

Aug 19, 2011

Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law Continues to Change

Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law

            Passed two years ago, this open records law shifts the burden onto government officials to show why a record shouldn’t be released, rather than force citizens to prove why it should.  A state Office of Open Records was established to interpret the law and settle disputes.  This law is meant to promote transparency in government.  This month there have been two setbacks to this transparency effort.» Read More


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