Our Blog: Public/Non-Profit and Education

Act 15 of 2020 Provides Clarity to Local Government During COVID-19

April 22, 2020

On April 20, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 15 of 2020 (previously SB 841).  Act 15 takes effect immediately and addresses a host of issues for local governments and agencies across the Commonwealth.  The legislation, which also... Read more

Best Practices for Right-to-Know-Law Requests during the COVID-19 Pandemic*

April 8, 2020

*Co-Authored by Alexis Wheeler, Ena Lebel, and Gretchen Moore During this challenging time, public agencies and municipalities are still required to abide by the Right-to-Know Law (RTKL), and to the extent possible, respond to requests for public... Read more

Best Practices for Open Meetings during the COVID-19 Pandemic*

April 8, 2020

*Co-Authored by Alexis Wheeler, Ena Lebel, and Gretchen Moore This is a supplement to our March 19, 2020 blog post “Public Meetings in the Wake of COVID-19.” ... Read more

Pending Legislation: HB 1564

April 3, 2020
By Alexis Wheeler
Posted in Public/Non-Profit and Education

As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, Pennsylvania municipalities continue to have questions regarding how to best conduct business in an era of social distancing. These questions include whether public meetings may be conducted without a physical... Read more

“CARES Act” Paycheck Protection Loan Program for Small Businesses

April 1, 2020

On March 28, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) (H.R. 748) was signed into law with the goal of providing emergency economic assistance to businesses affected by the novel coronavirus... Read more

Public Meetings in the Wake of COVID-19

March 19, 2020

By:  Alexis Wheeler, Gretchen Moore and Alan Shuckrow In the past weeks and months, the COVID-19 outbreak has shuttered many local government and public sector entities, along with much of private sector. While concerns over... Read more

Betsy DeVos’ New Enforcement Focus: Title IX Sexual Misconduct in K-12 Public Schools

March 2, 2020

In the past decade, the number of sexual harassment and violence complaints in American K-12 public schools have increased fifteen fold, according to the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”). Faced with this troubling... Read more

Non-Profits – Free or Subsidized Parking for Employees – Change in Tax Rules

March 2, 2020

Under the 2017 Tax Act, Congress made any non-profit offering certain tax-free fringe benefits to its employees, such as to free or subsidized parking, as well as on-premises athletic facilities, report the expenses associated with those benefits as... Read more

How to Successfully Navigate Title IX and Title VII Requirements as a HR Professional – A Primer

February 20, 2020

It’s the first day of class, and you receive an anonymous hotline complaint about an employee’s sexually harassing conduct towards a subordinate. Follow your tried-and-true employment discrimination complaint process developed under Title... Read more

Why Health Care Providers Need to Care About Title IX

January 29, 2020

Sexual misconduct cases on college campuses – otherwise known as Title IX cases – fill the headlines. Not surprisingly, Title IX is often associated only with sports or higher education. But if you provide health care within Pennsylvania, New... Read more