Social Media Policies: Employer Beware

March 31, 2016

social media polices; high swartz; employmentSocial media has changed the way people handle every day situations and as its popularity continues to grow, employers are having to adapt to the unique challenges it presents in the employment context.  Employees, frustrated by perceived or actual wrongs, may air their grievances online. Continue reading “Social Media Policies: Employer Beware”

Reasons for Adjusting Child Support Payments in Pennsylvania Family Law Cases

March 30, 2016By: Melissa BoydHigh Swartz; multiple factors to consider child supportShortly after getting married, you and your spouse agree that you will leave your job to be at home with the family. Ten years later, you and your spouse decide to separate. The court awards you child support. After a few years, you experience life changes that make the support payments barely enough for you to get by. And, without relevant work experience in the last decade, you are having difficulty landing a high paying job. You wonder if there is any way the court will reconsider and award you additional support. Continue reading “Reasons for Adjusting Child Support Payments in Pennsylvania Family Law Cases”

James Shrimp to Present HR Series: Compliant Hiring Procedures

March 28, 2016This seminar will cover topics on…
  • Criminal Checks and the EEOC’s View
  • The Equal Employment for All Act and it’s Influence on State/Local Goverments
  • To Check Social Media or Not? What are the Risks?
  • Educational/Vocational Checks
  • Audit Application/Hiring Procedures to Eliminate Unnecessary Check
Continue reading “James Shrimp to Present HR Series: Compliant Hiring Procedures”

Mary Cushing Doherty Attended the AAML and Global Financial Summit both held in Nassau, Bahamas

March 25, 2016During the week of March 14th, Mary Cushing Doherty attended and participated in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and the Global Financial Summit conferences held in Nassau, Bahamas.  Topics included hidden assets, asset protection trusts, and business valuation.Ask Mary Cushing Doherty about the Global Financial Summit at the Bahamas and the AAML meeting where she learned more about South Dakota Trusts, Asset Protection issues, and trust busting legislation.  Contact Mary Cushing Doherty at (610)275-0700 or by email at mdoherty@highswartz.com Continue reading “Mary Cushing Doherty Attended the AAML and Global Financial Summit both held in Nassau, Bahamas”

Calculating Child Support in Pennsylvania When Income Varies or Changes

March 25, 2016By: Melissa BoydHigh Swartz; CalculatingChild support in Pennsylvania divorce cases is dependent upon a large number of factors governed by rules also known as Pennsylvania Support Guidelines. Those domestic relations guidelines dictate the amount of child support which a spouse or parent should pay based on the income of both of their net monthly incomes (which is also defined by the family law rules). Continue reading “Calculating Child Support in Pennsylvania When Income Varies or Changes”

Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation is Sex Discrimination Prohibited by Title VII

March 21, 2016By: James ShrimpHigh Swartz, EEOOn March 1, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had filed its first two lawsuits asserting that sexual orientation discrimination is discrimination based on sex. The lawsuits were brought in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and the District of Maryland. These lawsuits are the next step in the EEOC’s strategic plan to have sexual orientation discrimination covered under the “sex” prong of Title VII. Continue reading “Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation is Sex Discrimination Prohibited by Title VII”

Understanding Real Estate Transfer Tax in Philadelphia

March 17, 2016Real Estate Transfer Tax, High SwartzWhether you’re dealing with commercial or residential real estate purchases or real estate development in Philadelphia, you will inevitably be faced with having to consider whether you are obligated to pay  real estate transfer tax. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading “Understanding Real Estate Transfer Tax in Philadelphia”

Real Estate Agents in Pennsylvania Should Always Get Contract in Writing

March 17, 2016By: Kevin CornishContract, High SwartzAs a real estate agent in Pennsylvania, payment for your services is almost always contingent on the sale of a property. Such a commission structure assures that when you have closed a sale, you will be paid for your services. In order to assure that you get paid, your fee agreement must be in writing and signed by your client. The Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act (RELRA), 63 P.S. 455.606a, provides in relevant part: Continue reading “Real Estate Agents in Pennsylvania Should Always Get Contract in Writing”

Happy 30th Anniversary Low Income Housing Tax Credit!

March 4, 2016Affordable Housing, High Swartz2016 marks a major milestone in affordable housing – the 30th anniversary of the Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit “LIHTC”. The LIHTC has proven to be an important resource for creating affordable housing opportunities in America. So as a small token of appreciation for the LIHTC, let’s take a look at its history, benefits, and what investors should consider before investing. Continue reading “Happy 30th Anniversary Low Income Housing Tax Credit!”

Attorney Thomas Rees Presented At The Merion Cricket Club Sponsored by Bryn Mawr Trust

March 1, 2016High Swartz and BMTHigh Swartz employment law attorney Thomas D. Rees recently led a presentation on corporate social media policies at the Bryn Mawr Trust Continuing Legal Education Seminar.In today’s digital world, it’s imperative that companies have a detailed and easily understandable social media policy. Social media policies help employees understand that they are an extension of a company’s brand, and how to behave as such on social channels. They also notify employees about how their social media activities may be monitored by the organization. Continue reading “Attorney Thomas Rees Presented At The Merion Cricket Club Sponsored by Bryn Mawr Trust”