Our Blog: Business Services


September 16, 2021

A few years ago, employers in Pittsburgh became subject to the City’s paid sick leave ordinance.  Now, all employers with 26 or more employees are covered by a local paid sick leave law.  On September 14, the Allegheny County Council ratified... Read more


July 28, 2021

As many of you return to work, you may be paying particular attention to news about COVID and the delta variant.  Seems Pittsburgh City Council is, too.  On July 27, City Council approved new temporary COVID paid... Read more

Thinking about including a no-poach clause in your contract? Think again.

May 7, 2021

At the end of April, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided whether no-hire, or “no-poach,” provisions that are ancillary to a services contract between business entities are enforceable under the laws of this... Read more

Strict Liability in Pennsylvania’s Consumer Fraud Law: It’s Not About a State of Mind.

May 6, 2021
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in Business Services, Litigation

In 1999, Gary and Mary Gregg enlisted the services of Robert A. Kovalchik, a financial advisor and insurance salesperson for Ameriprise Financial, Inc. As a result of misrepresentations made by Mr. Kovalchik, the... Read more

Using Joint Assets to Fund Your New Company? Make Sure Spouse Renounces Funds if You Wish to Obtain Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

April 28, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

Many married couples have joint bank accounts.  If one spouse uses joint assets to start a business, it may create problems when that business tries to apply for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)... Read more

Why Being a “Family Business” May Prevent Your Company From Obtaining Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification

April 9, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

Many small businesses begin as or grow into a “family business” where multiple members of the same family own or play important roles in the company.  A small business where individuals that are considered... Read more

Summary of Business Provisions in American Rescue Plan Act of 2021

March 11, 2021

COBRA Health Care Coverage Section 9501 - Employees have new COBRA health care coverage continuation options.  Unemployed former employees can obtain premium assistance from April 1, 2021 through September... Read more

What is a Decennial Report, and Do I Need to File One?

February 22, 2021

In mid-January the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations may have sent you a postcard admonishing you that your organization has not made any filings with the Bureau... Read more

CLIENT ALERT – Independent Contractor Rule Change Delayed

February 22, 2021

For those of you preparing for the change in independent contractor rule scheduled to take place on March 8, stop – at least for the time being.  On Friday, February 19, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) announced... Read more

Denied Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Certification? Make Sure You Receive an Explanation!

February 12, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If you are a small business where individuals who are considered socially and economically disadvantaged own at least 51% of the business and also control the management and daily business operations, you may qualify... Read more