As a sign of continued economic development in the region, the Lehigh Valley was just ranked 2nd in Site Selection Magazine’s annual economic development rankings. The rankings focus on the region’s ability to attract new employers and to help companies expand. In its class, the Lehigh Valley competed with other metropolitan areas ranging in population size from 200,000 to 1 million. This marks the Lehigh Valley’s sixth consecutive year in the Top 10 within its size group. Some of the local projects leading to this award include expansions for Bimbo Bakeries, Yourway Transport, Kraft Foods, and Coca-Cola. Click here to read more about this.
In other economic development headlines, the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone project was featured in the New York Times as an example of a tax program aimed at revitalizing economically depressed areas. Estimating the overall development costs being poured into downtown Allentown at $350 million, the article emphasized the role of the state program in conjunction with private financing. The article also cited the City of Bethlehem’s recent CRIZ designation as yet another program generating life into areas in need of redevelopment.
If you have any questions or would like to know more about how the Lehigh Valley could be a good fit for your company’s expansion or relocation, please contact our economic development team.
Check out Chuck Smith on WFMZ discussing the CRIZ in Bethlehem – click here.
Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law Update: Recent Developments Highlight Tensions in Right-to-Know Law
Scott Allinson and Julie Macomb wrote an article discussing some of the recent decisions, trends and debates affecting the Commonwealth’s Right-to-Know Law. Please click here to read the article. Please contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or a related issue you would like to discuss.
Whether it is in large corporations or closely-held companies, shareholders are exercising their rights more frequently. In a recent survey of 47 chief litigation officers, 34% reported a rise in shareholder activism over the past year. With an uptick in the economy, it is likely that shareholders will not sit idle when they feel that they are being excluded from company profits. This trend is also fueled by more states recognizing the rights of owners in different corporate structures. For example, New Jersey has recently enacted the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act. The Act recognizes fiduciary duties applicable to New Jersey LLCs. So, you may want to keep an eye on how your investment is being used!
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On April 17, 2013, the Labor & Employment Group of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will present a seminar entitled Dealing with Problem Employees: How to Discipline or Terminate Properly at our office in Allentown. This program has been approved for 1.25 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. Two sessions will be held to accommodate the popularity of the seminar. For more information on how to register, please click here.
On May 21, 2014, the Labor & Employment Group of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will present a seminar entitled Retaliation: The Most Dangerous Claim Facing Employers at our office in Allentown. This program has been approved for 1.25 recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute. Two sessions will be held to accommodate the popularity of the seminar. For more information on how to register, please click here.
This question was considered by the Court of Appeals of Ohio in a recent case that is the first to broach the subject. Of course, it should come as no surprise that, as the use of the Internet and social media continues to rise, the legal implications of these interactions increase as well. While much of social media use is an innocent way to connect with old and new friends, individuals may also use social media to the detriment of others, by harassing or even stalking them. Such was the situation in the case of Lindsay P. v. Towne Properties Asset Management Co., Ltd., 2013 Ohio App. LEXIS 4318 (Ohio Ct. App. Sept. 23, 2013). Read the rest of this entry »
Proper completion of Employee Verification Forms does matter for purposes of workers’ compensation. In the recent case of McCafferty v. W.C.A.B. (Trial Technologies, Inc.), No. 208 C.D. 2013, the Commonwealth Court held that Form LIBC-760, “Employee Verification of Employment, Self-Employment or Change in Physical Condition,” must be dated by the claimant. Insurers may submit LIBC-760s to employees at intervals of no less than six months. The employee is obligated to accurately complete the LIBC-760 and return it to the insurer within thirty days of receipt. If an employee fails to return the completed LIBC-760 within thirty days, the insurer is permitted to suspend compensation until the completed form is returned.
The Court explained that a signature and date are essential to the unsworn statement to the Department of Labor & Industry. The date is needed to confirm the substance of the statements contained in the LIBC-760 as of a date certain. Without a date, the LIBC-760 did not verify the claimant’s status at the time it was completed. Therefore, the LIBC-760 was not accurately completed, authorizing a suspension of workers’ compensation benefits.
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The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has recently sent its final form of regulations regarding distilleries’ direct sales to consumers to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission for approval. The Liquor Board’s final public meeting on the proposed regulations is Thursday, February 27, 2014. Once approved by the IRRC and Attorney General’s Office, the regulations will take effect. Read the rest of this entry »
Norris McLaughlin was named 8th among the 15 small companies honored at the Morning Call Top Workplaces Event last night. We also received the 2014 Top Workplace Work/Life Flexibility Award!
Divorce is one of life’s most difficult obstacles. As a recent Superior Court case reminds us, however, it can be further complicated by the death of one of the spouses. Up until 2005, Pennsylvania law provided that when a spouse died during the pendency of a divorce action, the divorce action would automatically stop with the economic issues between the spouses addressed under estate law. In 2005, the Pennsylvania Divorce Code was amended to provide that where grounds for divorce exist, the Divorce Code will determine the parties’ economic rights. A recent Superior Court case makes clear that a surviving spouse may have some discretion to end the divorce action, even after the other party dies. Read the rest of this entry »