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Pennsylvania Court Clarifies Definition of Real Property Exception to School Tort Claims Liability

January 30th, 2019

Last month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court was asked to determine whether the absence of padding on a gym wall that a student ran into during gym class causing injury, constituted negligence in the care, custody and control of its real property, and as a result fell within the state’s real estate exemption to liability.

Department of Education Changes How They Will Respond to FERPA Complaints, but Schools Should Not Let Down Guard on FERPA Compliance

January 28th, 2019

Looking at the two purposes of FERPA – providing privacy to students for information contained in their records and providing access to students and parents to their own information – at times may be best achieved through less formal means than a formal investigation.

KingSpry Attorney Kent Herman Named to Salisbury Zoning Board

January 22nd, 2019

KingSpry congratulates attorney Kent Herman, who has been reappointed to the Salisbury Township Zoning Hearing Board for a five year term. 

The Expansion of Pennsylvania Anti-Hazing Laws and its Impact on Secondary Schools and Institutions of Higher Education

January 21st, 2019

The Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law, signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in October of 2018, is an amendment to the Pennsylvania Crimes Code and represents a significant expansion of Pennsylvania law.  With this new legislation, Pennsylvania now has some of the strongest anti-hazing laws in the country.

How Your Business Can Prepare for the Rise of the “Gig Economy”

January 17th, 2019

Flexible contract work has reportedly increased by about 56 percent over the past ten years, with more than 16 percent of American workers performing flexible contract work as their primary source of income.

Employers Beware: Duty of Care Recognized by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

January 15th, 2019

In a recent decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that an employer has an affirmative duty to protect employees’ personal and financial information that is stored electronically. 

EEOC Rescinds Wellness Regulations Without Replacement

January 7th, 2019

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) started off the New Year by rescinding its employer wellness regulations.  What does this mean for you, as an employer? 

Top Expansions and Changes to Employment Law to Watch For in 2019

January 3rd, 2019

Looking ahead to 2019, business leaders may manage risk by being advised of the following expansions of and changes to employment law. 

PA Supreme Court Determines that Mother’s Prenatal Drug Use Does Not Constitute Child Abuse

January 2nd, 2019

The decision, issued in  In the Interest of L.J.B. holds that a woman who engages in drug use while pregnant will not be labeled as a perpetrator of child abuse.  The decision notes the significant negative ramifications such a label would have on parent and child.

Guidance from the Courts on Medical Marijuana Hits a Little Closer to Home

January 2nd, 2019

Following the growing trend of cases nationwide, the court found that Delaware’s Medical Marijuana Act, which is similar to Pennsylvania’s, creates a private cause of action for an employee who believes that they were terminated due to their use of medical marijuana.