Stephanie A. Kobal

Stephanie A. Kobal


Real Estate, Land Use & Development • Corporate, Business & Banking • Nonprofit Organizations • Tax Assessment Appeals & Property Tax Exemptions

Stephanie A. Kobal
May. 30, 2023

How an Adaptive Reuse Attorney Can Support Your Next Redevelopment Project

Adaptive reuse and redevelopment are trending in both residential and commercial land development as part of the push to revitalize underutilized urban areas. Redevelopment offers many benefits, such as giving new life to existing structures and potentially reducing construction times. Yet not every redevelopment project is a walk in the park. These projects require a […]

Stephanie A. Kobal
Apr. 8, 2021

Employers Get Ready To Say “Welcome Back”: Pennsylvania Lifts Mandatory Telework Order

On April 4, 2021, Governor Wolf amended his November 23, 2020 order requiring all businesses to conduct their operations remotely unless impossible.  The new Order removes the mandatory language and now states that “all businesses are strongly encouraged to conduct their operations in whole or in part remotely” through telework. In addition, the order states […]

Stephanie A. Kobal
Mar. 2, 2021

Pennsylvania Lifts the Travel Quarantine Requirement

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf rescinded the state-wide order requiring anyone over the age of 11, who visits another state, to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Pennsylvania.  The so-called “quarantine” order had been in effect since November 2020. While the order was in effect, employers were challenged to address a myriad of difficult […]

Stephanie A. Kobal
Feb. 10, 2021

Office Romance – Navigating the Risks this Valentine’s Day Season

As we begin year two of a global pandemic, most in-person activities remain severely restricted, and many employees continue to work remotely. Given these restrictions, employers may be lulled into a false sense of security that risks posed by office romance are no more. This, however, is not the case. Rather, it is predicted that […]

Stephanie A. Kobal
Dec. 30, 2020

Brighter Days Ahead? The Latest Guidance for Employers on Vaccines and the Workplace

With the initial distribution of the first vaccines approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration currently underway, employers are increasingly concerned about the extent to which they may or must mandate employee vaccination. In tacit recognition of those concerns and the complexities associated with vaccinating the American workforce, the Equal Employment Opportunity […]

Stephanie A. Kobal
Jul. 13, 2020

US Supreme Court Clarifies Employment Landscape for Religious Institutions

Over the years, courts have articulated various standards and factors in determining which employees of religious institutions are exempt from employment discrimination laws, and this has led to much confusion and little consistency. This past week, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that will impact and clarify the employment landscape for religious institutions […]

Stephanie A. Kobal
May. 23, 2019

Interns – Are They Really Employees?

Each summer, thousands of college students look to advance their careers by landing the perfect internship. For a variety of reasons, many local employers can only offer these students an unpaid internship. Presumably, this is a win for both sides: the student gains valuable experience and the employer does not have to budget for an […]

Stephanie A. Kobal
Mar. 12, 2019

The Overtime Fear of 2016: It’s Back, But With Less of a Bite

by Stephanie A. Koenig and Jacob M. Sitman On March 7, 2019, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) unveiled a proposal to make more workers eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The DOL has requested public comments on the proposed rule, and hopes to publish a final rule before the […]