SMGG Blog

What is a NAICS code and why is it important to your DBE/MBE/WBE certification?

October 5, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Business Services, Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If your company is applying for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) or Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification, you will need to provide your company’s NAICS... Read more

ALLEGHENY COUNTY EMPLOYERS MUST PROVIDE PAID SICK LEAVE

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

“I always feel like somebody’s watching me…” The Legalities of Smart Devices and Privacy

September 1, 2021
By Lynne Hewitt
Posted in E-Discovery Services, Litigation

By Lynne Hewitt and the eDiscovery Committee at SMGG:  Gretchen Moore, Lydia Gorba, and Maryann... Read more

Ephemeral Messaging Apps: Think Twice Before You Send that Snap!

August 26, 2021
By Lydia Gorba
Posted in E-Discovery Services, Litigation

By Lydia Gorba  and the eDiscovery Committee at SMGG:  Gretchen Moore, Lynne Hewitt, and Maryann... Read more

What is Immune? – Application of Work Product Doctrine to Independent Client Research

August 20, 2021
By Kathleen Mannard
Posted in Litigation

Independent client research – NOT completed at the direction of an attorney – is protected as work product in Pennsylvania federal courts so long as it was prepared in anticipation of litigation. Read more

Never Say Never! CDC Extends Eviction Moratorium Again until October 3, 2021

August 6, 2021

In June 2021, Rochelle Walensky, Director of the CDC extended the eviction moratorium until July 30, 2021.  At that time, the intention was to allow any further extensions absent an... Read more

What happens during a site visit for a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) application?

August 5, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

If your company is applying for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification, a representative of the certifying agency will perform an on site visit to your company’s principal place of business. The site visit is a required part of... Read more

PITTSBURGH EMPLOYERS – TIME TO CHECK YOUR COVID LEAVE POLICIES

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

An Emoji is Worth 1,000 Words

July 19, 2021
By Lynne Hewitt
Posted in E-Discovery Services

By Lynne Hewitt and the eDiscovery Committee at SMGG:  Gretchen Moore, Read more

Painting Contractor to Pay $400,000.00 to Settle Violation of DBE Program Rules

July 14, 2021
By Danielle Dietrich
Posted in Women and Diverse-Owned Businesses

On July 13, 2021, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York announced a $400,000.00 settlement with Spectrum Painting Corp. (“Spectrum”) to settle civil fraud claims. The U.S. Attorney... Read more