Anthony P. Beltrami
May. 17, 2021

Qualifying to be a Small Diverse Business

If your business qualifies, Small Diverse Business certification can provide benefits under both Pennsylvania and federal law. Certification in Pennsylvania is a straightforward process that can be accomplished simultaneously with federal certification.  A business can become certified as a Small Diverse Business (or, under federal law, “Small Disadvantaged Business”) through either public or private certification.  […]

FLB Law
May. 15, 2021

“To Vaccinate Or Not To Vaccinate”: Stephanie A. Kobal Discusses Issues Facing Employers in Lehigh Valley Business

Stephanie A. Kobal, shareholder in FLB’s Employment Law & Labor Relations Practice recently contributed to Lehigh Valley Business’ special COVID Recovery issue. The article, titled “To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate: Pressing Issues Facing Employers Related to the COVID-19 Vaccine,” provides guidance to employers on whether they can require employees to become vaccinated. Ms. Kobal […]

Christopher J. Kalbfell
May. 3, 2021

Mandatory Notice Requirements for COBRA Continuation

The federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances, such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between […]

Joseph A. Bubba
Apr. 26, 2021

The Uncertain Future of Physician Non-Competes

It is now well beyond standard practice for independent professional practices and healthcare systems to require their employed physicians to execute non-competition provisions as part of their employment relationship.  Enforceability of the “non-competes” has been somewhat of a “mixed bag” and is often very fact specific. There have been a few cases in Pennsylvania that […]

Kenneth Charette
Apr. 23, 2021

Influencing Success: Keys To Negotiating A Successful Social Media Influencer Endorsement Agreement

Social media is becoming more and more entrenched in our daily lives. Recent studies show that well over 70% of Americans have an account on at least one social media platform. While the use of social media continues to grow, the application of these platforms goes beyond communication uses. It delves into areas such as […]

FLB Law
Apr. 21, 2021

Stephanie Kobal Koenig To be Panelist in LVB Leadership Series Webinar

On Wednesday, April 28 at noon, FLB Real Estate & Employment Law attorney Stephanie Kobal Koenig will be a panelist in the Lehigh Valley Business Leadership Series webinar, “Positioning Your Business in a Post COVID Economy.” This free webinar will feature Ms. Koenig and other local leaders as they discuss what companies should be doing […]

FLB Law
Apr. 19, 2021

Timothy D. Charlesworth to Host “Legal Considerations When Entering a Foreign Market”

On Tuesday, April 27, at 10:30 am, FLB International Business & Trade Law attorney Timothy D. Charlesworth will be presenting “Legal Considerations When Entering a Foreign Market,” in conjunction with LEXNET, The World Trade Club of the Lehigh Valley, and the Lehigh University Small Business Development Center. Topics will include: Options to enter a new foreign market or expand in existing markets; […]

Christopher J. Kalbfell
Apr. 13, 2021

CROWN Act Legislation Prohibiting Hair-Based Employment Discrimination Expands

New Mexico has just become the latest state to add to the growing momentum of “CROWN Act” legislation across the country, passing laws to prohibit employment discrimination based on a person’s hairstyle, natural hair texture and related characteristics. Title VII & Hair-Related Discrimination Since its passing, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […]

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 […]

FLB Law
Mar. 31, 2021

President Biden’s Proposed Tax Legislation – An Overview

Less than 100 days into President Biden’s presidential term, he has proposed a sweeping tax and spending policy. While this plan has yet to be debated or passed, it does give a good indication of what impact the plan may have on U.S. businesses and individuals. Corporate & Personal Tax Rates As a reminder, under […]