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Firm News for October 15, 2018

Prompt and Adequate Remedial Actions Protect Employer from Liability for Harassment
While working at Temple University Hospital, Jacqueline Young had several conflicts with a co-worker. She complained about these incidents to her direct supervisor, who engaged in progressive discipl...
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Department Of Labor Proposes New FMLA Regulations
On February 11, 2008, the Department of Labor published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Among other suggested changes, the prop...
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Temporary Restraining Order against Enforcement of No-Match Regulation is Extended

On October 1, 2007, Judge Charles Breyer of the U.S. District Court for Northern California extended his earlier temporary restraining order preventing the Department of Homeland Security from enfo...
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Safe Harbor Provisions and No-Match Letters for Employers Regarding Employment of Aliens

On August 15, 2007, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement published its final “No Match" regulation: "Safe Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter". The new regulation...
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New Regulations Issued on August 7, 2007 Will Not Affect Teacher Salaries in Upcoming School Year


Teachers performing services during a school year running from September of one year through June of the next year are often given the choice of receiving their pay on an annualized basis over ...
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Federal Minimum Wage Posting Requirements

Starting July 24, 2007, there is a new Federal minimum wage ($5.85 per hour). To avoid penalties, all employers, even those in States such as Pennsylvania, with minimum wages ($7.15 per hour) highe...
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U. S. Supreme Court Rules 5-4 Against Employee’s Pay Discrimination Claim
Lilly Ledbetter worked at Goodyear from 1979 until 1998. She submitted a questionnaire to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in March 1998 and made a formal EEOC charge in July 1998. She clai...
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EEOC Guidance on Discrimination against Working Parents, Other Caregivers

On May 23, 2007, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued Enforcement Guidance on Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities. Click the link belo...
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Dramatic Increases in Application/Petition Filing Fees Announced by the USCIS
On May 29, 2007, the USCIS announced a new fee schedule for immigration applications and petitions with substantial increases in almost all cases. The new fee schedule is effective for all such appli...
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Dream Acts Introduced in Senate and House
On March 6, 2007, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois introduced the Dream Act in the Senate. Representative Howard Berman has introduced similar legislation, the American Dream Act, in the House. ...
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USCIS Announces New Biometrics Procedure for Removing Conditions on Permanent Residence
On February 28, 2007, the USCIS announced a new biometrics procedure, effective immediately, for conditional permanent residents who are filing Form I-751, Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence. ...
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Department of Homeland Security Announces Change in Passport Requirement
On November 30, 2006, Homeland Security Department Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that nearly all air travelers entering the United States, including returning U.S. citizens, will be required to...
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In 2007, Pennsylvania Mechanics' Lien Waivers Restricted

A mechanics lien is a legal process which seeks to guarantee payment for contracted services rendered on an improved piece of property. Contractors can file a mechanics' lien within a certain amoun...
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Information on 2008 Diversity Visa Lottery
The U.S. State Department has announced that applications for the 2008 Diversity Visa (DV) Lottery are now being accepted. Applicants may access the electronic Diversity Visa entry form during the re...
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Rollovers By Nonspouse Beneficiaries
A provision in the Pension Protection Act of 2006 extends a favorable tax-planning option to nonspouse retirement beneficiaries, such as children or life partners. A distribution from a qualified r...
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Pension Protection Act
Numerous Changes for Charitable Contribution Deductions And Charitable Organizations The House and Senate recently passed the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (the "Act"). President Bush is expected...
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