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Does your Employee Handbook stand up to the Supreme Court's latest decision about accommodations for pregnant workers?

Posted in Business, Compliance, Labor & Employment
Employee BenefitsIn a recent U.S. Supreme Court case about pregnancy discrimination, Justice Breyer asked: “Why, when the employer accommodated so many, could it not accommodate pregnant women as well?”  As an employer, that is a question you should now be asking when preparing, reviewing, or updating your company’s accommodation policies. Many employers have policies and practices to ensure… Continue Reading

Real Estate 101: Knowing Your Property Value and Challenging Your Tax Assessment

Posted in Business, Pennsylvania, Real Estate, Tax
After months, maybe years, of planning, raising capital, obtaining permits and waiting out construction, your gleaming new building is open and occupied. Soon, you’ll get a simple, one-page letter from your county’s Tax Assessment Office. What should you do if that letter indicates that your property is worth about a half-million dollars more than your appraisal… Continue Reading

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Guidance on Misclassification of Employees as Independent Contractors

Posted in Business, Construction, Labor & Employment
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued guidance on July 15 aimed at curbing the misclassification of employees as independent contractors.  The guidance provides several examples of workers in the construction industry.  It is now clear that the DOL is bent on targeting contractors and subcontractors.  If you have mechanics, installers, estimators, or any workers… Continue Reading

Crisis Management: Are You Ready for the BIG Surprise?

Posted in Business, Consumer Protection, Pennsylvania
Having designated legal counsel is critical to any comprehensive crisis management strategy. Whether you are in pre-crisis, crisis or post-crisis—having an attorney involved in your decision-making process can be the difference between surviving or even thriving in a crisis and having a crisis disrupt your business or derail your career permanently. How can your attorney… Continue Reading

The Consequences To A Contractor: The Case Of A Harsh On-Line Review

Posted in Business, Consumer Protection, Jennifer Horn, Wendy Bennett
Forums like Angie’s List, Yelp, or even Yahoo Community Listserves allow homeowners and other contractor clients to recommend a contractor for a job well done. Just as often, however, disgruntled clients use these venues to vent about shoddy workmanship, defective construction, and unfinished contractor punchlist work. Although these forums seem safe and anonymous, anyone posting… Continue Reading

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Fraud: New Trends

Posted in Business, New York
Lane F. Kelman contributed to this post. A recent increase in fraud investigations relating to disadvantaged business enterprises (DBEs) has caused companies to revisit the qualifications of the DBEs they work with. Two recent investigations in New York State resulted in multimillion dollar settlements after investigators determined two companies were using DBEs as so-called “pass-through”… Continue Reading

Luxury Philadelphia High-Rise 10 Rittenhouse in Bankruptcy

Posted in Bankruptcy, Business, Pennsylvania
The developer of 10 Rittenhouse, the luxury Philadelphia condominium building with 33 floors and units priced from $600,000 to $15 million, recently filed for bankruptcy protection under the court’s Chapter 11 procedures. In doing so, the developer, Philadelphia Rittenhouse Development L.P., prevented the senior lender, Istar Tara L.L.C. (Istar), from placing the property in receivership.… Continue Reading

Last Call for PA Amnesty: The Pennsylvania Treasury Department's Unclaimed Property Compliance Amnesty Program Ends October 31, 2010

Posted in Business, Compliance, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is making a last call for companies that are out of compliance with the Commonwealth’s Unclaimed Property Law (Law). Sunday, October 31, 2010, is the last day to enroll in the Unclaimed Property Amnesty Program. After this date, businesses that are out of compliance may be subject to penalties and interest, which can date… Continue Reading