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Right to Know Law Tips for Government Contractors

Companies that contract with state and local agencies in Pennsylvania can access a lot of information about an agency’s bidding process through strategic Right to Know Law (RTKL) requests. Under the RTKL, all agency records are presumed to be public and disclosable unless an exemption or privilege applies. There are three key exemptions to be…

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Top Two Tips to Remember When Divorcing a Narcissist

In most cases, separating and getting divorced is hard, even under the best of circumstances. However, staying in a bad marriage can be even worse, particularly if your spouse is a suspected or diagnosed narcissist. In psychological terms, narcissism refers to someone who is extremely selfish, who has a grandiose view of his/her own talents and a…

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OK at Work: Terminating Employees in the Remote Work Environment

This week on OK at Work, Sarah Sawyer and Russell Berger discuss the challenges associated with terminating employees in a remote work environment. While recent headlines illustrate what not to do, like terminating 900 people in a group video call, Sarah and Russell propose solutions and best practices for handling these difficult conversations and reducing…

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You’ve Been Served… Now What? What You Don’t Do Now Can Hurt You

What You Don’t Do Now Can Hurt Your Case There are many scary things in this world, but hearing a person you don’t know ask your name just before handing you a sealed envelope thick with documents ranks high on the list. This is especially true if you never expected to be served with divorce…

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The Weekly Scenario: Estate Tax Liabilities – Protecting a Personal Representative When There are Retirement Plan Accounts

In certain situations where a person has a large retirement plan account, such as an IRA, and a substantial estate tax liability, but insufficient probate assets to pay the estate tax, certain precautions may be in order. The personal representative of the estate is responsible to pay the federal and state estate tax to the…

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What Now for Employers? CDC Issues New Recommendations Regarding Isolation

So, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance shortening the recommended time that people should quarantine from 10 days to 5 days based on certain conditions. The CDC’s new guidance says: For those who test positive for COVID-19, but don’t have symptoms, the quarantine period may be reduced from 10 days to 5…

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OK at Work: Employment Outlook and COVID 19 for 2022

As employees get back to work after the holidays, COVID-19 is continuing to be a consistent disrupter to business operations. With state, local, and CDC guidance changing rapidly with the emergence of the Omicron variant and large volumes of employees testing positive for the virus, employers are back to making tough choices regarding how to…

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Do You Need to Pay Employees to Wait on Equipment? What to Know.

For many industries, working on a computer is integral to getting things done. Sometimes, technology can be slow – causing delays for both employees and employers. Some employers have taken the approach that waiting for equipment to start/launch does not constitute “work” – and, therefore, should not be paid. However, a recent decision from the…

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Read & Share: Key Ingredients to a New Year’s Celebration

Key Ingredients to a New Year’s Celebration     Even though New Year’s celebrations may be subdued due to Covid-19 once again, many Americans will probably still get together to welcome 2022 and say goodbye to what turned out to be another year dominated by the pandemic. According to data from Statista’s Global Consumer Survey, wishing…

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Employment Practice Playbook: Client Spotlight – Heiler Painting – Part Two

Offit Kurman Labor and Employment attorney, Susie Cirilli, brings you the video series “Employment Practice Playbook: Client Spotlight.” The brief video interviews feature standout clients doing extraordinary things to help their businesses shine in their respective industries. Ms. Cirilli highlights business owners and leaders and allows them to tell their stories. This initiative takes a unique…

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