COVID-19 Updates

PA Dept. of Revenue, Inheritance Tax Division: Procedures in Response to COVID-19

Mar 24 2020
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What Taxpayers Need to Know About Inheritance Tax Filing and Payments   The Department of Revenue has closed all physical offices and call centers. Currently, the only method of contacting the office is through the Department of Revenue Customer Support website. …

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What Employers Need To Know About Temperature Tests

Mar 24 2020
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EEOC Guidelines Support That Employers Can Temperature-Test Employees as a Condition of Working As the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic; temperature-testing employees as a condition of working is permissible. Also, the Centers for Disease …

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Family Law During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Mar 24 2020
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Resolving Conflict When Courts Are Closed Over the past few days, we have experienced a world that is closing down around us. If you are in the midst of a divorce or custody dispute, you may be feeling extra stress, …

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Employer Guidance: Emergency “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”

Mar 23 2020
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Employers With Fewer Than 500 Employees Must Pay Emergency Leave Benefits Emergency Paid Leave Act To address the national emergency caused by the Coronavirus that is crippling the business world and impacting employees, the federal government has passed the Families …

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Information for Landlords and Tenants Regarding Coronavirus

Mar 23 2020
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Courts Put Evictions On Hold Due to COVID-19 Unemployment Update: Pursuant to Governor Wolf’s executive order issued on May 7, 2020, the statewide suspension of eviction and foreclosure activities will last until July 10, 2020. The global outbreak of the …

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Governor Wolf Delays Enforcement of Business Closure Order

Mar 21 2020
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Businesses Can Request Waiver to Stay Open Due to the extreme pressures being placed on Pennsylvania’s businesses, Governor Wolf announced late on Friday, March 20, that he has delayed enforcement of his order mandating shutdown of non-life-sustaining businesses until 8:00 …

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Paid Sick Leave in These Uncertain Times

Mar 20 2020
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The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides much-needed relief for small business owners – and their employees. One feature of this Act includes a move that is almost unprecedented. The Act mandates that all employers with fewer than 500 employees …

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Governor Wolf Enforces Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses

Mar 19 2020
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At approximately 6:00 p.m. on March 19, 2020, Governor Wolf ordered that “non-life-sustaining businesses” throughout the Commonwealth close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beginning at 8:00 p.m. tonight (March 19), all non-life-sustaining businesses must be closed, and enforcement …

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Contractors and Coronavirus: Refunds of Down Payments

Mar 18 2020
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With various federal, state, and local government officials in western Pennsylvania recommending social distancing due to coronavirus, contractors and homeowners may be wondering if they should go forth with projects that are already under contract. At the moment, the decision …

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What is Considered an Essential Business Under COVID-19?

Mar 18 2020
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On Monday, March 16, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf strongly urged all non-essential businesses statewide to close due to the increasing health and safety threat of the COVID-19 Virus. The shutdown of all non-essential businesses is for an initial period …

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