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Employee Vacation Time: What Pennsylvania Law Requires

Employee Vacation Time: What Pennsylvania Law Requires

June 5th, 2017

As the summer months approach, many of us start to think about taking a few days off to visit the beach or the mountains. For employers, this may be a good time to review your company’s vacation polic[...]

Recent Developments in Wage Equity Legislation: Philadelphia Becomes the First U.S. City to Ban Employers from Inquiring About Wage History

Recent Developments in Wage Equity Legislation: Philadelphia Becomes the First U.S. City to Ban Employers from Inquiring About Wage History

June 5th, 2017

On January 23, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law Bill No. 160840, which amends the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance and prohibits employers from inquiring about prospective emp[...]

CLIENT ALERT:  Supreme Court Rules Second Mortgages are NOT Voidable in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

CLIENT ALERT: Supreme Court Rules Second Mortgages are NOT Voidable in Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

June 10th, 2015

By: Marty B. Ellis On June 1, 2015, in two consolidated cases (Bank of America, N. A. v. Caulkett and Bank of America, N. A. v. Toledo-Cardona), the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that in[...]

Supreme Court Holds Lawsuit for Loan Rescission Under TILA Only Requires Notice to Creditor Within Three Years

Supreme Court Holds Lawsuit for Loan Rescission Under TILA Only Requires Notice to Creditor Within Three Years

January 13th, 2015

On January 13, 2015, the United States Supreme Court issued an opinion in a case captioned Jesinoski et ux v. Countrywide Home Loans, et al., (October term, 2014 - No. 13-684) interpreting the resciss[...]

"JOBS" Act Creates Another Venue for Raising Capital

May 21st, 2014

Shumaker Williams, P.C. Securities Law Practice Group By Jane G. Davis Companies, including bank holding companies, looking to raise capital through the sale of securities, must either register [...]

Stepping Up Your Game on Third Party Vendor Review

Stepping Up Your Game on Third Party Vendor Review

May 13th, 2014

Shumaker Williams, P.C. Financial Services Practice Group  By Paul A. Adams* The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency ("OCC") has recently published two bulletins, OCC 2013-33 and OCC 2013-39[...]

Shumaker Williams, P.C. Celebrates 50 Years Serving the Business Community

Shumaker Williams, P.C. Celebrates 50 Years Serving the Business Community

April 22nd, 2014

Although times have changed over the years, Shumaker Williams, P.C. is proud to announce its 50-year milestone of offering legal counsel to the business community.  Having started from modest beginnin[...]

Meredith M. Mason and Evan C. Pappas co-author chapter in ABA Intellectual Property Deskbook

Meredith M. Mason and Evan C. Pappas co-author chapter in ABA Intellectual Property Deskbook

July 26th, 2013

Shumaker Williams, P.C. is proud to announce that Meredith M. Mason and Evan C. Pappas have co-authored a chapter in the most recent edition of the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Des[...]

Use of Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Proces

Use of Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Proces

January 3rd, 2013

Use of Criminal Background Checks in the Hiring Process: What New EEOC Guidelines Mean for Pennsylvania Employers Michael E. Rowan General Counsel, Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association[...]

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act:  the Forgotten

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act: the Forgotten

July 15th, 2012

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act:  the Forgotten Right of Female Employees By Marc G. Tarlow Shumaker Williams, P.C.   Recently, a prominent tech company hired a CEO who at the time of hire i[...]

Crowdfunding: A New Way to Raise Capital

Crowdfunding: A New Way to Raise Capital

July 2nd, 2012

By Jane G. Davis Shumaker Williams, P.C. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the “JOBS Act”) enacted in April 2012 provides for a new method of raising capital without requiring registration of[...]

Labor and Employment Law – An Overview of “Interesting Times”

Labor and Employment Law – An Overview of “Interesting Times”

October 27th, 2009

Although the articles written in this space over the past five years regarding employment law have tended to review distinct developments in the law, these are very “interesting times” and merit a mom[...]

The SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act: Nationwide Loan Originator Licensing and Registration Requirements

The SAFE Mortgage Licensing Act: Nationwide Loan Originator Licensing and Registration Requirements

March 29th, 2009

By: Rachel M. Wolf The Housing and Economic Recovery Act, designed primarily to address the so-called subprime mortgage crisis, was signed into law on July 30, 2008.  The law includes the SAFE Mortga[...]

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The "Collision" Between Banking and Bankruptcy Law: Check Kiting and the Preference Problem

July 9th, 2008

by Martin B. Ellis In the world of modern banking, most banks give customers same-day or next-day availability for both local and non-local check deposits.  The vast majority of these "provisional"[...]

New SEC Rules Impact Private Placements of Securities

New SEC Rules Impact Private Placements of Securities

May 9th, 2008

by Jane G. Davis The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has enacted new rules that will impact companies that do not file reports with the SEC as well as those that do. The sale of securitie[...]

Family Responsibility Discrimination Comes to the Forefront

Family Responsibility Discrimination Comes to the Forefront

April 9th, 2008

By: Marc G. Tarlow Family Responsibility Discrimination (“FRD”), or discrimination by which employees are treated worse than other employees because of caregiving responsibilities to children, spou[...]

"No-Match" = No Good: New Regulations Governing Social Security No-Match Letters

January 9th, 2008

by Ashley M. Galloway The stock market troubles of recent months have focused many on their diminishing retirement nest eggs.  Most 401(k) plans are “self-directed,” meaning plan participants decide,[...]

 Unilateral Arbitration Provisions in Consumer Mortgage Loans Upheld

Unilateral Arbitration Provisions in Consumer Mortgage Loans Upheld

September 9th, 2007

by J. Steven Lovejoy The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, in Salley v. Option One Mortgage Corp., recently upheld a mortgage company’s right to enforce a “one-sided” arbitration provision in a loan a[...]

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