SMGG Blog

Using Mindfulness to Enhance Your HR Function – Introduction

March 6, 2017

There’s been much talk about mindfulness.  Many of you will recognize it as part of a yoga or meditation practice.  Don’t worry.  I’m not going to suggest that you meditate or strike a pose in the office.  I am going to ask you to do... Read more

PA Proposed Tax Increases – Governor Wolf’s Budget Proposal for 2017

March 6, 2017
By S. John Kelly
Posted in Business Services

To balance his budget, Governor Wolf has proposed the following tax law changes: Collect a 6 percent severance tax on natural gas extraction from all formations. Effective date – July 1, 2017.  A credit would be allowed for... Read more

“Hey Alexa…Are you Discoverable Evidence?”

February 27, 2017

Alexa, the friendly personal assistant voice of the Amazon Echo and Dot devices, can do  everything from streaming music and news updates to ordering pizza.  Alexa also has the ability to answer questions when asked, but one question Alexa may not... Read more

PA DEP Reports Seismic Activity Near Well Site

February 21, 2017

On February 17, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“PA DEP”) released a report investigating four low-magnitude earthquakes that occurred on April 25, 2016 near a well pad in Lawrence County.  The... Read more

Pennsylvania 2017 Tax Amnesty – Discount Tax Relief

January 30, 2017
By S. John Kelly
Posted in Business Services

During the 60-day period from April 21 to June 19, 2017, the Pennsylvania’s Department of Revenue (“PA DOR”), will offer Tax Amnesty for pre-2016 taxes.  Taxpayers owing PA state taxes (such as PA employer payroll tax, corporate income tax,... Read more

All Adult Adoptions are Not Created Equal: Revocation Exception for Same-Sex Couples

January 20, 2017
By Gerri Sperling
Posted in Adoption

By:  Gerri Sperling, Counsel[1] Adult adoption has existed in Pennsylvania for many years and until recently the law... Read more

Oil and Gas Pipeline Easements and Right-of-Way Agreements

December 29, 2016

In the past several years landowners in Pennsylvania have been challenged by the drilling of natural gas primarily from the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale strati.  As a natural progression of the oil and gas industry, the energy companies must now... Read more

Private Nuisance Claim Against Oil and Gas Company Headed to Trial

December 29, 2016
By Scott Fellmeth
Posted in Oil and Gas

Recently, District Judge A. Richard Caputo of the Middle District of Pennsylvania denied a motion for summary judgment in a case, which allowed a landowner to pursue a claim for nuisance against a driller for excess noise. See Tiongco v.... Read more

CLIENT ALERT: NEW YEAR, NEW I-9

December 29, 2016

Beginning January 22, 2017, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require employers to use the 11/14/16 edition of Form I-9, which verifies the identity and employment authorization of new employees. Although employers can use the... Read more

New Department of Health Regulations Provide Additional Direction on Medical Marijuana Dispensary Operations in Pennsylvania; 28 Pa. Code §§1161 et seq.

December 13, 2016

by David L. Pollack, Of Counsel[1]  NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED OR SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS ADVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN, OR COUNSEL WITH RESPECT TO, CRIMINAL OR... Read more