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What to include in an employment contract

As someone who owns and operates your own small business, you probably try your best to put “aces in places” and hire people you trust will work hard on your behalf. While hiring the right people is a critical component of operating any business, so, too, is setting clear guidelines about what you expect from your employees and what they can expect from you in return.

Who can seek child custody and visitation?

For Pennsylvanians who have children, no other family law may mean more to them than child custody and visitation. When they come up, the outcomes of these issues can completely define or redefine one's relationship with his or her child. This means that those who have an interest in maintaining a relationship with a child need to be proactive in ensuring that they protect their legal right to access to that child. On the flip side, those who want to protect their children from contact with those who they deem detrimental to the child will similarly want to take legal action when necessary.

Sleep apnea can cause serious truck accidents

We've talked previously on this blog about the dangers that can be posed by semi-trucks when they are driven in an unsafe fashion. Sadly, Pennsylvania residents can't tell when a trucker is tired, intoxicated, or distracted, which means that at any given time they could be susceptible to being seriously injured or even killed in a negligent truck accident.

Digital devices can reshape business law issues

With new emerging technologies come changes to the business environment. This is especially true when it comes to the digital world where computers, cellphones, and other devices make interconnectivity a 24-hour affair. Due to this, , Pennsylvania employers and employees alike need to ensure that they are taking the proper steps to protect themselves.One reason is because technology is blurring the line between business and personal activities. A recent lawsuit against a business is shining a light on this ever pertinent topic. There, a man was given a desktop computer by his employer so that he could work from home. The man ended up using the computer for both personal and professional purposes. As the man prepared to leave the company, he attempted to negotiate a settlement package, but no agreement was reached and he was terminated. Upon his filing of a wrongful termination lawsuit, the man's employer obtained access to the computer where it found that the man may have been storing company secrets.The company alleges that the man was hoarding the secrets in order to open up a rival company. The employee, on the other hand, claims that the company violated federal law when it essentially hacked into his computer, thereby gaining access to his personal information. So, the question becomes how far can a business reach into an individual's life when the access to that life is through a company provided device?This issue will be decided in court. But what does it mean for Pennsylvania businesses and workers? It means that they need to carefully analyze their employee handbooks as well as any employment contracts that may apply to them. Only by being clear in these documents can an employer and employee ensure that they have a full understanding of an employer's reach via electronic devices. If you have concerns about how digital access may affect you or your business, then consider discussing the matter with a qualified business law attorney who can assist you in creating the types of documents you need to move forward in the business place with confidence

Pennsylvania firm standing up for those accused of crimes

It's an unfortunate reality that many Pennsylvanians fail to recognize the magnitude of being charged with a crime, even those that seem relatively minor. These individuals neglect to see that a conviction for just about any criminal offense has the potential to carry penalties that include jail time, fines, and a criminal record that can wreak havoc on one's reputation.

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