SMGG Blog

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

Title IX: 10 Proactive Steps for Leaders in Education While Waiting for the New Regulations

January 22, 2020

Any day now, Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’s new Title IX regulations will be published. They are expected to substantially change the requirements for responding to sexual misconduct in an educational environment. While the final content... Read more

FLSA Overtime Exemptions To Go Into Effect January 1, 2020

October 14, 2019

On September 27, 2019, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued revised regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) that increase the minimum salary threshold to qualify for exemption from overtime.  The prior rule has been in... Read more

50th Anniversary of the Historic Passing of Ordinance #395

August 16, 2019

On July 7th, 2019, the In Sisterhood Project celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the historic passing of Ordinance #395—an event which cemented Pittsburgh’s place in the women’s movement. The event premiered the “Changing the Want Ads”... Read more

What Municipalities Need to Know in 2019: Newly Signed Pennsylvania Legislation

January 29, 2019

Act 78 of 2018: UNLAWFUL USE OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT AND PROHIBITING LOCAL REGULATION OF UNMANNED AIRCRAFT Amending Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 53 (Municipalities Generally) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to... Read more

Where Not How: Commonwealth Court Upholds Oil and Gas Zoning Ordinance

November 12, 2018

By: Alan T. Shuckrow and Alexis M. Wheeler On October 26, 2018, The Commonwealth Court handed down another opinion in a recent line of case law developing oil and gas land use and environmental regulation in Pennsylvania, Frederick v.... Read more

New Tax on Non-Profit Organizations – Cost of Transportation Related Fringe Benefits

October 3, 2018

Under the 2017 tax bill, Congress requires charities to pay unrelated business income tax (UBIT) for the cost of the following fringe benefits if the charity offers these benefits tax-free to its employees: a) bus passes or transport to... Read more

Bad News for Internet Retailers – Supreme Court says Retailers Must Collect Sales Tax Everywhere

June 26, 2018
By S. John Kelly
Posted in Business Services, Litigation

On June 21, the Supreme Court decided that states can force out-of-state retailers to collect state and local sales tax on goods and services shipped to in-state residents.  South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., ___ U.S. ___ (2018) Read more

Medical Marijuana Update: Municipal Zoning and Land Use

May 15, 2018
By Matthew Korenoski
Posted in Medical Marijuana, Public/Non-Profit and Education

NOTHING IN THIS DOCUMENT IS INTENDED OR SHALL BE CONSTRUED AS ADVICE TO PARTICIPATE IN, OR COUNSEL WITH RESPECT TO, CRIMINAL OR FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES. POSSESSION, DISTRIBUTION, AND SALE OF MARIJUANA IS A SERIOUS CRIME UNDER FEDERAL LAW, AND ENGAGING... Read more

Real Estate Developer – How to Get Capital Gains When Sell Land Why doing Nothing can be the Best Answer

March 9, 2018
By S. John Kelly
Posted in Business Services

If a developer sells land in a real estate development, the normal tax rule is that he will recognize ordinary income, not capital gains.   If a change in economics means the development effort should be abandoned, often it will be advantageous to... Read more