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November 2017 – Willig, Williams & Davidson

Attorney Happenings and Headlines

Philadelphia Labor, Employment and Worker's Comp Law Firm Again Named a 'Best Law Firm' for 2018
Willig, Williams & Davidson again has been named a "Best Law Firm" for 2018 by U.S. News - Best Lawyers®, achieving a national ranking in the practice area of employee benefits (ERISA) law and Philadelphia and Harrisburg Metropolitan Tier 1 rankings in union labor law, labor and employment litigation, employment law on behalf of individuals, and employee benefits (ERISA) law. Read more...

Labor Lawyer Danielle Newsome Speaks at Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations
On November 10th, Philadelphia union-side labor lawyer Danielle Newsome participated in the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations' Worker Institute Labor Roundtable, in Ithaca, NY. The Labor Roundtable is an annual event that brings a wide-range of representatives in labor leadership, unions, and social justice organizations to campus to engage in dynamic, in-depth conversations with students. Through these discussions, students gain exposure to current trends in the labor movement and the fundamental role that it plays in bringing about social change. Read more...

Employee Benefits Partner Louise "Wendy" Pongracz to Present on "Drafting Pharmacy Benefit Manager Contracts" on December 14
Louise "Wendy" Pongracz will discuss strategies for negotiating and drafting pharmacy benefit manager agreements for employee health plans in a webinar sponsored by Strafford Publications. She will discuss ways to maximize prescription coverage savings, draft agreements that guarantee transparency and plan sponsor oversight, and avoid hidden fees. Read more...

Employee Benefits Attorneys Present at Annual Conference of the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
Stuart Davidson presented on "Trustee Ethics" and Louise "Wendy" Pongracz presented on the issue of "Negotiating Cybersecurity Contracts." Read more...

Real Estate Partner Presented at Philadelphia Bar Association Event
Partner Kristine A. Phillips participated in a panel discussion entitled "What Landlords and Tenants Need to Know," hosted by the Philadelphia Bar Association. Read more...

14 Willig, Williams & Davidson Attorneys Named Among 2018 U.S. News and World Report 'Best Lawyers in America'
The firm is proud to announce that 14 of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession's oldest and most respected peer-review publications. The selected attorneys were drawn from the firm's Philadelphia and Harrisburg offices and were recognized for their work in the practice areas of employment law – individuals, labor law – union, labor and employment litigation, and employee benefits (ERISA) law. Read more...

Featured Practice Area: Real Estate

Employee Benefits

Individual working people, unions and their members turn to Willig, Williams & Davidson for legal advice, consultation, document preparation and litigation regarding their real estate matters. From simple residential lease and sales transactions to commercial leases and sales, our real estate lawyers offer efficient, cost-effective legal services designed to meet our clients' real estate objectives.

Read more about the firm's Real Estate Practice...

Workers' Compensation Q&A – Did You Know?

Our firm often answers questions about workers' compensation. Here are some of the most frequently asked:

What Social Security Disability (SSD) Benefits are available?

What are Sickness and Accident Benefits?

What is a Notice of Ability to Return to Work?

Special Highlight

KYW Flashpoint Radio Program Features Willig, Williams & Davidson Of Counsel

Ryan A. Hancock recently participated in a panel discussion with KYW's community reporter Cherri Gregg on the new radio program, Flashpoint. The discussion focused on sexual misconduct, the #metoo social media campaign, and sexual assault and harassment allegations against entertainment executive Harvey Weinstein. Hancock joined Dr. Monique Howard, executive director of Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), and Dr. Heather LaMarre, assistant professor at Temple University's Klein College of Media and Communication, on the program. Read more...

Act 22Act 22 Closes Police Body Camera Loophole – Prepare to Bargain!

Act 22 of 2017 has finally closed the loophole in Pennsylvania's Wiretap Act that inexplicably criminalized aspects of police use of body cameras. Act 22 was the culmination of a two-year lobbying effort by the Pennsylvania State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and other stakeholders. It represents a major win for police officers and their unions.

Read more about Act 22...


FMLAWhat is the Family and Medical Leave Act? Part III

FMLA is a federal law that requires certain employers to provide qualifying employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. This blog post is Part III of a series providing an overview of the FMLA. Part I discussed the basics of the law, Part II discussed how an employee requests FMLA leave, and this post outlines what employees are entitled to while they are on FMLA leave.

Read more about the Family and Medical Leave Act..


Intestate Succession in PA - The Importance of Preparing a Last Will & Testament

Clients frequently ask what will happen to their assets when they die, and the usual response is what happens to an asset will depend on the type of asset involved. There are two types of assets: probate assets and non-probate assets. Each is treated differently under Pennsylvania law.

Read more about Intestate Succession in PA...


The Importance of Powers of Attorney

The importance of preparing powers of attorney when one is capable and competent to do so cannot be overstressed. As a rule, most lawyers recommend two different powers of attorney – One for financial and one for health care.

Read more about powers of attorney...


IRS Does Not Extend Eased Tax Reporting Requirements: Taxpayers Must Report Whether They Had Health Coverage When Filing 2017 Taxes

The IRS has announced that it will require all taxpayers to disclose their health coverage status when filing their 2017 tax returns in the 2018 tax filing season. The move is a reversal of the policy adopted by the IRS for 2016 tax returns in response to a January 2017 executive order that directed federal agencies to reduce potential burdens on taxpayers because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Read more about disclosing health coverage to IRS...


  Collectively...From Our Blog

Social Media PostsBeware the Perils of Work-Related Social Media Posts

If you've spent much time on social media, chances are you have come across that person who "over-shares." Some posts are just awkward; some are offensive; others are so personal they make the reader squirm. A recent decision from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court is a reminder that when you share something on the internet – even on a site you think is private or personal - you cannot be sure who will ultimately receive the information, and it could be used against you later on.

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PA NotariesChanges to Pennsylvania Law Concerning Notaries Public Coming Soon

Virtually every union, health and welfare fund, and pension fund that maintains offices in Pennsylvania has designated at least one officer or employee to obtain a commission from the Secretary of State to be a notary public. Major changes to the notary law went into effect on October 26, 2017 and all notaries public in Pennsylvania must take note.

Read more about the changers to PA notary laws...


Hurricane ReliefYou May Be Able To Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey By Donating Your "Paid Time Off"

Have you and your co-workers been kicking around ideas about how to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey? The IRS has issued guidance that could give even those with limited cash a way to donate if your employer will donate cash equal to your paid-time-off to certain approved charitable organizations.

Read more about helping victims of Hurricane Harvey...


Crime and CustodyCrime and Custody: How Criminal Convictions Affect Custody in Pennsylvania

You're fighting for custody of your children. Does the other party have a criminal record? Will a judge award one party sole custody because of the conviction? Will a judge require supervision or counseling? It all depends on the crime, and whether the convicted party poses a real threat to the child.

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AmnestyUC Amnesty Program Update

Pennsylvania's Department of Labor, Office of Unemployment Compensation has established an Amnesty Program that permits claimants to repay delinquent fault and nonfault overpayments at a reduced rate. You may be eligible for this program if you have an outstanding overpayment of unemployment compensation benefits on file with the Office of Unemployment Compensation.

Read more about the Amnesty Program...


Political GerrymanderingChallenges to Political Gerrymandering Seek Redistricting Change in Pennsylvania

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania and the U.S. Supreme Court will hear separate cases challenging political gerrymandering in PA and Wisconsin. In both League of Women Voters of PA v. Commonwealth of PA and Whitford v. Gill, the plaintiffs assert that political gerrymandering of legislative districts by Republican-controlled state legislatures in PA and WI violated the state or federal constitution.

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