John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Economic Development Law Group, presented at the 2017 RE3 Conference from November 1 to November 3 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. He and Brett W. Cox of TRC Environmental Corporation presented “Bethlehem Works and Commerce Center at 20 Years,” providing insights from both an owner’s and consultant’s perspective that are relevant today; how and why key decisions were made, how they were implemented, and acknowledge the key roles of all stakeholders; and demonstrating the value to the Bethlehem-Allentown region twenty years later.» Read More
A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, tree removal company was fined $95 million after pleading guilty before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to violating several federal immigration laws due to the company’s practice of hiring and rehiring undocumented immigrants. Federal prosecutors described the fine as the largest ever for an immigration-related case.
As part of its plea, the company admitted to employing undocumented immigrants whom company management knew were ineligible to work in the United States. » Read More
Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is proud to have sponsored the 2017 Easton Hispanic Cultural Festival and looks forward to sponsoring the upcoming 40th Annual Lebanese Heritage Days Festival 2017.
Easton hosts the largest Lebanese festival in the tristate area. The festivities include great food, drinks, dancing, and music. The event, open and free to the public, will be on Saturday, August 5, from 5 PM to Midnight, and Sunday, August 6, from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM.» Read More
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
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
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.
On March 11, 2015, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board issued Advisory Notice No. 22, which further detailed the Board’s position on the permissibility of delivery of malt or brewed beverages directly to customers from licensees holding Transporter-for-Hire licenses. » Read More
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
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
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