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Philadelphia Adopts Paid Sick Leave For Some Employees

Posted on February 12, 2015 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)


The Philadelphia City Council enacted an ordinance to provide paid sick leave for some Philadelphia employees. The new law is designed to provide relief to the estimated 35-40...

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Criminal Law Basics

Posted on January 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Been Arrested or Questioned, You Have Rights-Use Them!

If you or a loved one have been arrested or questioned in relation to a crime (even if you are completely innocent of that crime): 1) obtain an attorney and 2) cease all communications with law enforcement, except to inform them of the fact that you have invoked your right to counsel. The right to remain silent and the right to an attorney are two of the basic rights available to everyone accused of a crime; they are so important t...

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Pennsylvania Courts challenge the reliability of certain breathalyzers in DUI cases

Posted on December 31, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Pennsylvania Courts challenge the reliability (and admissibility) of certain breathalyzers in Pennsylvania DUI cases, in particular the Intoxilyzer 5000

1. The December 31, 2012 Court of Common Pleas Opinion Ruling Breathalyzer Evidence Unreliable

In December 2012, a Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas challenged the reliability (and admissibility) of certain breathalyzers in Pennsylvania DUI cases, in particular the Intoxilyzer 5000. Relying on expert testimony, the Court in Commo...

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Dont Fear Payday Loan Companies

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (2)

Payday loan companies are notorious for not following the proper collection procedures. Instead they rely upon threats of arbitration, predatory lending practices, high interest rates, and harassing collection tactics. For example, they often threaten criminal action contrary to state and Federal collection practice laws. Note, there are no debtor prisons in the United States; you cannot be imprisoned for not paying a debt.

 

If you are being harassed by a payday loan debt co...

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Willful Misconduct and Unemployment Compensation

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

What is An At-Will Employee?

 

Most people in the Pennsylvania labor force are considered "at-will" employees, meaning that either party can break the employment relationship with nothing owed to the other party, provided there was no express contract for a definite term such as with a union collective bargaining agreement. As a form of protection to workers who are terminated, Pennsylvania (like most states) provides a scheme of unemployment compens...

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Residential Security Deposits

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Security Deposits. A security deposit (sometimes referred to as a damage deposit) is a sum of money that a landlord may charge a tenant to ensure that the rented property is not damaged or to ensure that the tenant does not default in any payments. A security deposit is not the same as rent because a security deposit is money owned by the Tenant (not the landlord). At the conclusion of the tenancy, the deposit is to be returned to the Tenant with interest unless there has been an authorized d...

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Statutes of Limitations

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

What is a Statute of Limitations?

A statute of limitations is a deadline imposed by the law which represents the maximum time after an event has occurred that legal proceedings based on that event may be initiated. For example, if your automobile is damaged in a motor vehicle collision on December 21, 2012 the two year statute of limitations allows you to sue the parties responsible for that loss provided the lawsuit is commenced on or before December 20, 2014.

 

Why do...

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Expunging Criminal Records in PA

Posted on December 19, 2014 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Summary Offenses.

Pennsylvania has three basic classifications of convictions (summary offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies). A summary offense is any minor crime, initially heard and decided by a district justice. Many violations of the Motor Vehicle Code, such as speeding, illegal parking and going through a red light, are summary offenses. Non-traffic summary offenses can include disorderly conduct, underage drinking, harassment, criminal mischief and first offense shoplifting...

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