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May 16, 2020

Paul A. Cacciamani, Esq. Persuades PA Commonwealth Court to Hold that Protz II Should Not Have Full Retroactive Effect

In Weidenhammer v. WCAB (Albright College ), 546 C.D. 2019, the Commonwealth Court issued a significant opinion on the retroactivity of Protz v. WCAB (Derry Area School Dist .), 161 A.3d 827 (Pa. 2017) ( Protz II ). The Commonwealth Court held Protz II , which determined Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs) under Section 306(a.2) were invalid...

May 13, 2020

GA Supreme Court Issues Second Order Extending Declaration of...

On Monday, May 11, 2020, the Georgia Supreme Court issued its Second Order Extending Declaration of Statewide Judicial Emergency (the “Emergency Order”). The order, in essence, limits court to...

May 11, 2020

COVID-19: Healthcare Institutions Beware!

As if healthcare institutions do not have enough to worry about! The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the United Kingdom’s National...

May 07, 2020

PA Extends Civil Immunity to Certain Health Care Professionals...

On May 6, 2020, Governor Wolf issued an executive order conferring civil immunity to a wide range of health care professionals responding to the COVID-19 emergency. Legally speaking, the order...

May 07, 2020

COVID-19: Virtual Arbitration Proceedings in NJ Courts

New Jersey requires that most civil litigation matters proceed to a mandatory, non-binding arbitration prior to being listed for trial. In the cases that qualify for the program, the matters are...

May 06, 2020

COVID-19: Georgia Supreme Court Likely to Extend Video Trial in...

The Georgia Supreme Court seems likely to extend the video conference trial rule (Unified Superior Court Rule 9.1) by amendment this week. In essence, the rule will provide parties the option of...

May 06, 2020

COVID-19: FFCRA Guidance for Teleworkers

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) provides necessary guidance to employers regarding teleworking. Because employees who are able to telework are exempt from receiving benefits...

May 05, 2020

NJ Court Deadlines Extended for Another Month Due to COVID-19

We recently published a detailed summary of how the New Jersey Courts have responded to the COVID-19 crisis. As of April 24, 2020, the Supreme Court has extended certain deadlines for another...

May 04, 2020

COVID-19: How the NJ Courts Have Responded to Social Distancing...

New Jersey has been one of the states that has been most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, a stay-at-home order has been in effect since March 21, 2020. In response, the New Jersey...

April 23, 2020

COVID-19: WV Supreme Court of Appeals Extends Judicial Emergency...

On April 22, 2020 the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia amended its previously entered Judicial Emergency Order to extend the operative time frame of the Order to May 15, 2020. This Order...

April 22, 2020

COVID-19: Expanded FMLA Only Applies to Childcare

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires covered employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID...

April 21, 2020

PODCAST: Life In the Time of COVID-19

Bad actors are taking advantage of remote workers and trying to exploit companies. Carolyn Purwin Ryan, a partner in the firm's Philadelphia office and Co-Chair of the firm's Cybersecurity,...

April 20, 2020

COVID-19: Proposed Changes to the PA Workers' Compensation Act

This past week, both the Pennsylvania House and Senate considered legislation to lower the burden of proof in COVID-19 cases for Pennsylvania's first responders. 1 Although unsuccessful to date,...

April 20, 2020

COVID-19: PA Department of Health Issues New Worker Safety Order...

Effective 8 PM on April 19, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health implemented a new Order augmenting the safety precautions required by all life-sustaining businesses . There has been some...

April 17, 2020

OSHA Issues Guidance for Recording Cases of COVID-19

On April 10, 2020 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued its Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), 1 clarifying that confirmed...

April 16, 2020

COVID-19: FMCSA Provides New Guidance for SDLAs and Commercial...

On April 13, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an updated list of responses to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding actions that a State Driver...

April 16, 2020

COVID-19: New Jersey Senate Backs Bill to Expand Workers’...

As reported on www.nj.com , State Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced proposed legislation to remove the requirement that workers deemed essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, and who...

April 09, 2020

COVID-19: PA Attorneys Offer Virtual Round Table Workers'...

C&W Attorneys Desinee R. Dwyer (Philadelphia) and Katherine E. Bavoso (Harrisburg) are holding private round table events via conference call to discuss COVID-19 and the impacts on workers’...

April 07, 2020

COVID-19: Supreme Court of Georgia Extends Judicial Emergency

On Tuesday April 6, 2020 at 4:30 p.m., Supreme Court of Georgia Chief Justice Harold D. Melton extended the Statewide Judicial Emergency which would have expired on April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. In...

April 06, 2020

Coronavirus Could Accelerate U.S. Cannabis Legalization

The current pandemic has Americans afraid, economically vulnerable, and turning to help from their government in record numbers. State and local governments have so far been up to the task, but as...

April 06, 2020

COVID-19: WV Supreme Court of Appeals Extends Judicial Emergency...

On April 2, 2020 the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia amended its previously entered Judicial Emergency Order to extend the operative time frame of the Order to May 1, 2020. In addition...

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