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What are Pennsylvania Laws Regarding Unemployment and Workers’ Comp During COVID-19?

Guidelines regarding the impact of COVID-19 on your employment and/or workers’ compensation are still rather fluid as Pennsylvania continues to adjust to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve gathered some FAQs related to COVID-19, work-related injury, and loss of employment to help answer questions you have about COVID-19 and your employment.

For the most up-to-date guidance, please call our office. You also should refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage which is updated daily.

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Do Pennsylvania Laws Protect Service Dogs?

Service dogs have legislated protections in Pennsylvania: laws that impact their public accommodations and their treatment.

Pennsylvania businesses must permit service animals in any public area. Stores, restaurants, and similar establishments open to the public can’t deny service or accommodations to someone who has a service animal with them. The law that protects this public access for service animals supersedes any state or local health code.

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Pyfer Reese Straub Gray & Farhat PC is pleased to announce that as of May 1, 2020, Jeffrey C. Murse, Esquire has been named Partner!

Mr. Murse joined Pyfer, Reese, Straub, Gray & Farhat in 2015, focusing his practice in the area of Family Law. 

Mr. Murse is a native of Lancaster County and a graduate of Manheim Township High School.  Following his graduation from DeSales University in 1999, Mr. Murse worked as a Conference Officer and Supervisor with the Domestic Relations Section of Lancaster County while, at the same time, attending Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg.  It was during his time with the Domestic Relations Section that Mr. Murse developed his interest in Family Law matters, interacting directly with counsel and clients to establish, modify, and enforce child and spousal support Orders. 

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✔ GREEN! Enough said…


Now that we are in the GREEN PHASE, remember, unfortunately, it is not a return to the pre COVID-19 days

as existed in March; we must continue to stay alert, keep the virus from resurging.

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Pennsylvania Dog Bite Lawyers Can Help You Get Compensated

With summer officially started, paired with the months-long stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, people (and their pets) are escaping to the outdoors for some sense of normalcy and to rid themselves of cabin fever.

Across Pennsylvania, there’s been an uptick of people increasing outdoor time in both rural and urban settings. That means more chance for human/animal interaction and the risk of negative encounters with dogs. Young children are at a higher risk of dog attacks.

Pennsylvania’s dog law requires owners to have reasonable control over their dogs always. Generally speaking, an owner is liable for damages when a person is attacked by the owner’s dog–or if a person is attacked by what is considered a dangerous dog. There may be exceptions.

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As many of you know, we have been operating (as best we can) remotely, with the buildings closed. In light of the Governor’s proclamations and in light of our circumstances, we believe we can now safely open and resume offering professional services, including meeting people in our offices, if and as needed. However, that is not to discourage video or phone conferencing or exchange of emails, especially among those who are already clients. We have full video capabilities; ask us for details.

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How Are Child Support Payment Amounts Determined in PA?

Pennsylvania child support guidelines are complex and, while the state has a formula for calculating child support payments, there are various factors, including expenses, custodial arrangements, and other nuances that can impact how child support payment amounts are determined in the Commonwealth.

The guidelines on child support payments are based on an income shares model, with the idea that a child will get the same financial support or portion of his parents’ income as he or she would if the parents remained together. The Pennsylvania child support guidelines strive to be as fair to the child as possible, although this model can be complicated.

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COVID-19 May Increase Cyberbullying in Pennsylvania

With schools closed and quarantines in place due to COVID-19, there’s been a surge of increased internet use among children and adults. This increase may make youth a target for cyberbullying.

Victims of cyberbullying or those accused of cyberbullying should seek an attorney for legal advice. It’s not kid’s stuff. It’s a growing issue and the state is taking it quite seriously.

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We Can Meet You Virtually, Remotely! Whether you are a current client or a potential client. You can contact us from the comfort of your home.

Social Distancing will not interfere with our commitment to serve you. We have ways to connect with you and continue to provide you quality legal services in all areas of our practice: Family Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Medical Negligence, Workers’ Compensation, Employment Matters, Social Security, Wills and Estate Drafting and Planning, Education Law.

While our physical offices are still closed, we remain determined to serve the needs of our clients, current and new alike! Our normal business hours are 8am- 5pm Monday through Friday but as always, and now more than ever, you can leave us a message and we will return your call as promptly as possible and try to accommodate you and your schedule.

The numerous ways we can connect: Remote, Virtual, Videoconferencing, Teleconferencing, Group Conference Calls, Emails, and the traditional Telephone Calls.

Check our Facebook page, often and frequently; stay connected to us. Also see our Tweets, our LinkedIn or our periodic Constant Contact email messages in your inbox. We are just as readily available now as before, but frankly, with more means, different and greater options. We want you to stay healthy and safe.

PYFER REESE STRAUB GRAY & FARHAT PC, call us at 717.299.7342.

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