Client Alerts

FIRPTA Withholding Rate Increasing to 15%
February 24, 2016

by J. Edmund Mullin, Esq. When I discuss FIRPTA with clients a number of questions are asked. In light of this rate increase I thought I would consolidate those questions in a brief memo. What is it? FIRPTA is the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980. It was passed to prevent foreign […]

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Legal Alert: Volunteers for Christmas
December 10, 2015

As we approach the holiday season and many college students return for an extended break, some employers may see this as an opportunity to allow these students to serve as unpaid interns or volunteer workers. Before allowing such students to serve as unpaid volunteers, employers must be mindful of federal regulations governing interns and volunteers. […]

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The Danger of Independent Contractor Misclassification Grows
July 31, 2015

We have consistently warned our clients of the dangers of misclassifying employees as independent contractors. Employers who improperly classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees face the risk of penalties imposed by the IRS or the State for the failure to withhold payroll taxes, fines for failure to provide worker’s compensation insurance premiums, retroactive […]

Land Use Alert: Shaffer v. Zoning Hearing Board of Chanceford Township
July 15, 2015

For many years, an important tool for the redevelopment and refinance of shopping centers, industrial parks, office parks and other similar developments was the site condominium. The site condominium allowed developers and lenders to create legally-transferable condominium units containing land and buildings which were marketable and could be subject to the security interest of a […]

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ALERT: Pennsylvania’s Prompt Pay Act, Rather than the Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act, Applies to Government Owned Projects
July 9, 2015

As the saying goes, “ownership is 99% of the law.” In Clipper Pipe & Service, Inc. v. The Ohio Casualty Insurance Co., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court considered the question whether Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”) applies to a construction project where the owner is a governmental entity. Ordinarily, Pennsylvania’s Procurement Code (Pennsylvania’s “Prompt […]

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