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HTMLLandmark Changes to Sex Discrimination Rules for Federal Contractors; OFCCP Proposes First Revisions in 40 Years
Ashley R. Hileman, Esq., Steven D. Irwin, Esq.; Leech Tishman;
Legal Alert/Article
March 3, 2015, previously published on January 30, 2015
On January 30, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) proposed the first revisions to sex discrimination rules for federal contractors in four decades. The OFFCP aims to address many of the realities affecting today’s workforce and the challenges they...


HTMLHydraulic Fracturing Ban in New York
Daniel Garcia, Michael J. Hammond; Leech Tishman;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 21, 2014
Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York announced last week that his administration is implementing a regulation permanently banning hydraulic fracturing throughout the state due to health concerns. This action effectively ends a temporary moratorium on the practice that has been in place since 2008. New...


HTMLU.S. Patent & Trademark Office Issues New Guidelines on Patent Eligibility; Does Not Address Diagnostic Claims
Laura M. Lloyd; Leech Tishman;
Legal Alert/Article
February 18, 2015, previously published on December 17, 2014
New U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”) guidelines regarding the evaluation of subject matter patent-eligibility were released on December 15, 2014. Unfortunately, the guidelines do not directly address the patent-eligibility of claims involving diagnostic tests.


Adobe PDFFive Tangible Benefits of Responding Promptly and Decisively to Reports of Misconduct
Laurel Brandstetter; Leech Tishman;
White Paper
January 8, 2015, previously published on October 22, 2014
Never before have company executives, public officials and other highly visible individuals and organizations had to endure the fish bowl we live in today. Thanks to social media and 24-hour-aday news coverage, reports of criminal activity and wrongdoing have the capacity to be broadcast quicker...


Adobe PDFChanges in Products Liability Law: The PA Supreme Court Overturns 35 Years of Products Liability Law: The New Products Liability Cause of Action is a “Judicially Created Hybrid: ‘A Wart’”
Christopher S. Channel; Leech Tishman;
White Paper
January 8, 2015, previously published on December 1, 2014
On November 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued a long-awaited decision that alters the strict products liability landscape in Pennsylvania. In Tincher v. Omega Flex, Inc., Chief Justice Castille authored an 137-page opinion in which Justices Bear, Todd and Stevens joined, while Justice...


HTMLNew Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of Employees Working on Federal Contracts
Ashley R. Hileman, Steven D. Irwin; Leech Tishman;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2015, previously published on December 8, 2014
It is anticipated that on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance (“OFCCP”) within the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will publish final regulations to govern the prohibition against federal contractors discriminating on the basis of sexual...


HTMLNew Web-Based Phone Scam Could Cost Small Businesses Six-Figure Damages
Laurel Brandstetter; Leech Tishman;
Legal Alert/Article
January 8, 2015, previously published on October 21, 2014
Corporations and individuals have been victimized by phone scams for a numbers of years, but now that most corporate phone lines are run over the Internet, web-based phone fraud has hit the prime-time. While major phone carriers have sophisticated fraud systems in place to catch hackers before they...


HTMLAnother Blueprint for Enforcement: OSHA Announces Final Rule Amending Recordkeeping Standard
Daniel R. Flynn; Leech Tishman;
Legal Alert/Article
September 29, 2014, previously published on September 11, 2014
On September 11, 2014, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) announced a Final Rule that will significantly amend the recordkeeping standard. The Final Rule will go into effect on January 1, 2015*. The amendment will provide OSHA with two additional paths to...


HTMLIRS Issues New Guidance Regarding Beginning of Construction Requirement for Production Tax Credit (PTC) / Investment Tax Credit (ITC)
Gregory J. Blasi; Leech Tishman;
Legal Alert/Article
August 28, 2014, previously published on August 14, 2014
The IRS recently issued new guidance (IRS Notice 2014-46) with respect to the ability to claim the PTC/ITC for qualified projects which began construction before January 1, 2014. The current guidance builds on the previous two notices but does add some additional items which should make it easier...


HTMLOffshore Bank Accounts Must Be Reported By June 30, 2014
William A. Buck, Carly R. Schimizzi; Leech Tishman;
Legal Alert/Article
July 14, 2014, previously published on June 17, 2014
U.S. Taxpayers are required to disclose ownership of or signature authority over any offshore bank account that had a balance of $10,000 or more at any point during calendar year 2013. This requirement also applies to multiple offshore accounts which have a maximum aggregate balance of more than...


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