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Temporary Regulations for PA’s Medical Marijuana Law Taking Shape

June 20, 2016

On June 1, 2016, the PA Department of Health announced that it had begun the task of developing temporary regulations in order to implement the medical marijuana program in Pennsylvania.  Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, which went into... Read more

A Discussion of the Medical Marijuana Act

June 20, 2016

NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED OR SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS ADVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN, OR COUNSEL WITH RESPECT TO, CRIMINAL OR FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES.  POSSESSION, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF MARIJUANA IS A SERIOUS CRIME UNDER FEDERAL LAW, AND NOTHING... Read more

Preserving ESI in 2016 and Beyond: FRCP 37(e)

June 14, 2016

The December 1, 2015 Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments made sweeping changes to Rule 37(e) regarding preservation of electronically stored information (ESI). Rule 37(e) has substantial business implications and more clearly defines the... Read more

NEW OVERTIME RULES – DON’T PANIC

June 8, 2016

In the weeks since President Obama signed the executive order changing the salary requirements for certain executive, administrative and professional employees, there has been a lot news coverage, most of it incomplete and distressing. The... Read more

The “New” Proportionality Rule: FRCP 26(b)(1)

June 3, 2016

On December 1, 2015, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended, affecting numerous aspects of civil litigation, particularly in the area of electronic discovery. As it relates to discovery and electronic discovery, the “new” rules of... Read more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 Creates New Tools to Protect Trade Secrets

June 3, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA”) into law. This law creates a new procedure that private citizens can use to protect their intellectual property rights. In exceptional circumstances, the... Read more

Clearing the Smoke – What Employers Need to Know about Pennsylvania’s New Medical Marijuana Act

May 10, 2016

Background on the Act On April 17, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 3, known as the Medical Marijuana Act, into law making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize the medical use of... Read more

Should My Company Be a Benefit Corporation?

April 13, 2016

Etsy, Kickstarter, Toms, and Method. What do these prominent companies have in common? They are all “benefit corporations” (or “B-corps”) focused on a “triple bottom line” that includes people, planet and profits. What is... Read more

Governor Wolf Establishes “Employment First” Policy with Executive Order 2016-03

March 22, 2016
By Jillian Zacks
Posted in Employer-Employee Relations, Estates and Trusts

On March 10, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed Executive Order 2016-03 – Establishing “Employment First” Policy and Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Pennsylvanians with a Disability. Governor Wolf set the tone by stating,... Read more

Why the Need for Municipal Stormwater Management?

March 15, 2016

When land is left undeveloped, stormwater can easily penetrate the ground and become part of the natural hydrological cycle. This cycle allows the water to be absorbed by soil and vegetation, naturally entering our groundwater and recharging our... Read more