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Monday, August 31, 2020

How to Choose the Right Business Attorney


A skilled attorney is a critical part of any business owner’s advisory team. Business attorneys are equipped to assist you in handling a variety of tasks that can protect you from potential legal and business pitfalls, in addition to solving existing legal issues. As important as they are to your team, finding the right business attorney may be challenging if you do not know what to look for. Keeping in mind the following tips can help you find and choose the right business attorney.


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Monday, August 24, 2020

Legal Considerations for Your Business during a Pandemic: Responding to COVID-19


In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the world and forced communities to reevaluate everything. Despite the unpredictability that has accompanied this global crisis, it is not too late to implement changes to protect you, your employees, and your business. Here are some tips and strategies to help you navigate these challenges and the ones to come.

 


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Join us for an Essential Webinar - Family Business Succession Planning


Our 30 minute "Essentials" webinar series kicks off on August 31 with a special focus on family business succession planning.
Who? Many of our clients have carried the business to its fullest and are ready to retire. Other business owners are just flat out fatigued and are looking for the Exit.

 
We will present a business owner's outline of the process to transition a business. This session will lay the groundwork for those needing to understand how the process can work.

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Monday, August 17, 2020

What Small Business Owners Should Know About the COVID-19 Stimulus Package


As small business owners grapple with the economic realities of nationwide stay-home orders and social distancing mandates, legislatures have been updating laws and developing new programs to keep the economy afloat. The latest and most groundbreaking is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2.2 trillion stimulus package aimed at supporting individuals, businesses, and governments now and beyond this pandemic. The federal government has earmarked $377 million to help small businesses avoid failure and encourage them to retain their workforces. Here are the most important things for business owners to know about the CARES Act:


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Monday, August 10, 2020

How You Can Keep Customer Data Safe


In today’s data-driven world, small businesses often find themselves in possession of sensitive customer data. As the collection of data increases, customers grow more suspicious of the means and methods used to collect and store data. In response to this growing concern, we are seeing increased legislation pertaining to the collection, storage, and distribution of data. Laws like the California Consumer Protection Act continue to be enacted throughout the country, putting pressure on businesses to ensure that their practices comply. Failure to adhere to customer data standards and current legislation can result in a loss of goodwill and hefty fines.


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Monday, August 3, 2020

Does Your Website Need a Privacy Policy or Terms of Use?


Conversations about data privacy policies and website terms of use have become more common in recent months. Large companies like Facebook,


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Monday, July 27, 2020

How to Legally Terminate an Employee


Almost all business owners eventually must make the difficult decision to terminate an employee. Whether that decision arises from failure on the employee’s part or economic turbulence, one thing is clear: How a business handles this delicate situation can either increase or decrease the risk of negative consequences like lawsuits and unfavorable public attention. Here are the best practices to keep in mind if you are considering terminating an employee.

  • Involve your Human Resources department from the beginning. The Human Resources (HR) department of your company can be especially helpful during the termination of an employee for a number of reasons.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

How to Reopen Your Business After COVID - 19


Despite the uncertainty that has accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic and that still lies ahead, one thing remains certain: Most businesses will eventually reopen. On April 16, 2020, President Trump set forth guidelines for the reopening of businesses in the United States. Additionally, governors from various states continue to roll back statewide stay-home orders in the hopes of restarting economies that have been crippled by this pandemic.

Business owners navigating this new landscape must figure out how to restart their operations while keeping their staff and customers as healthy as possible. Specific plans of action must be put in place for the safe and effective reopening of businesses.


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Monday, July 13, 2020

Force Majeure Clauses in Light of COVID - 19


Businesses across the globe have experienced unprecedented interruptions and closures because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many businesses are finding it difficult to perform their contractual obligations. Consequently,  a common but often overlooked contractual clause is in the limelight: the force majeure clause. Contrary to popular belief, the mere existence of a force majeure clause does not invalidate a legal obligation or provide a “get-out-of-jail-free” card. It instead provides parties with a justification to either delay or cease their performance of one or more contractual obligations.


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Friday, July 10, 2020

PA Extends Halt of Evictions to August 31, 2020


This week, Governor Wolf signed yet another Executive Order preventing residential evictions.

 

Specifically, the EO states:

 

  • Section 2: Notice Requirements of the Landlord and Tenant Act and other Acts Suspended Commencing on July 10, the notice requirements mandated by the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 and the Manufactured Home Community Rights Act are stayed until August 31, 2020, thereby tolling the ability to commence the timelines necessary for the initiation of residential eviction proceedings. All residential eviction proceedings requiring compliance with the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 and the Manufactured Home Community Rights Act cannot commence until August 31, 2020. All eviction timelines must be computed with a start date of August 31, 2020, at which point any previously delivered Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 and Manufactured Home Community Rights Act notices will be deemed delivered and any eviction proceedings may commence. The eviction proceedings requiring compliance with the Landlord and Tenant Act of 1951 and the Manufactured Home Community Rights Act may proceed from that point forward in the normal course of action.
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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Employee Vacay: 1 week or 3?


For your information, the PA Department of Health has issued the following travel related restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic.  Employers should inform staff of these current limitations with instructions to work from home or use other PTO to cover the additional days away from work.  

 

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