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Supreme Court Holds That School Bus Surveillance Video is a Public Record But Student Images Are Not

July 9, 2020

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) could not protect a school bus surveillance video as exempt under Read more

Third Circuit Broadens First Amendment Speech Protection for Students’ Off-Campus Speech

July 6, 2020
By Adam Tragone
Posted in Education, First Amendment Matters

Recently in B.L. v. Mahanoy Area Sch. Dist., the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that a public student’s posting on the internet website Snapchat, which occurred off-campus, was... Read more

PA Offers COVID-19 Grants to Small Businesses – Starting June 30, 2020

June 30, 2020

On June 30, PA begins offering grants of between $5,000 to $50,000 to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.   This is not a first-come, first served program and grants will become available in several separate offerings over the... Read more

How Your Business Can Get DBE Certification in Other States

June 29, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

Depending on your business and location, your company may do business in multiple states.  If you want to get Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification for your business, you must first do it through your own state.  (Please see my... Read more

Recent Small Business Administration Ruling Agrees with Protest that Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business was Not Controlled by Service-Disabled Veteran

June 26, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Hearings and Appeals (OHA) recently sustained a protester’s challenge to a company’s status as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). Covenant Construction Services was the... Read more

Pivoting Your Business in the Age of COVID-19 – Changing Your DBE Certification to Reflect Your New Areas of Business

June 24, 2020

When your business obtains Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification, you are certified under one or more NAICS codes.  The NAICS (North American Industry Classification System) is used to classify businesses using a six-digit number... Read more

U.S. Supreme Court: Title VII Protects Gay and Transgender Individuals from Employment Discrimination

June 23, 2020
By Michael Gaetani
Posted in Business Services, Employer-Employee Relations

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.  42 U.S.C. §2000e-2(a)(1).  On June 15, 2020, Read more

Do Owners Have to Contribute Money to Their Company in Order to Get DBE Certification?

June 23, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

In order to obtain Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification, the socially and economically disadvantaged owner is required to have “a significant financial investment in the firm.”  49 C.F.R.... Read more

New SBA Rules for Women-Owned Small Businesses and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business

June 17, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

There are several changes for Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSB) and Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Businesses (EDWOSB) that go into effect on July 15, 2020.  Detailed information about the changes can be found here: Read more

Know Your Rights: What To Do If Your Company’s Application For DBE Certification Is Denied.

June 15, 2020
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If your business has applied for certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) through your state’s Department of Transportation (or local agency administering the state’s certification program), you... Read more