by Karl Voigt Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Labor and Industry has announced the 2019 Statewide Average Weekly Wage. This figure serves as the basis for determining the maximum and minimum weekly Workers’ Compensation benefit rates in Pennsylvania. The figure has increased 2.3% to $1049 from the 2018 average of $1025. This increase affects the weekly rates … Continue reading Pennsylvania Announces 2019 Average Weekly Wage
With the resignation/firing of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions as well as the legalization of marijuana in three states, the clear cut winner of the 2018 midterm elections is the marijuana industry. As everyone is aware by now former AG Jeff Sessions resigned at the President’s request on November 7, 2018. While it is not … Continue reading Marijuana wins the midterms!
by Karl Voigt An industrial laborer fractures his ankle on an assembly line. He goes to his employer's infirmary, receives some perfunctory first aid and is immediately sent back to work full duty, unable to even stand on his injured foot. Which in turn increases the likelihood of further injury - not just to him … Continue reading Tesla: Environment Friendly But Not So Injured Worker Friendly
In keeping with some of my previous blogs concerning lesser-known violations of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, here are several more violations most people are not aware of. Pennsylvania's "Unattended Motor Vehicle" law limits where a vehicle can be left running and unattended. Under § 3701, no person driving or in charge of a motor … Continue reading Some lesser know violations of the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code.
It is quite common for a debtor to receive a call from a 3rd party he or she does not recognize concerning a delinquent debt. Often, the calls are at inconvenient times and are quite confusing since the debtor does not recall ever borrowing money from or having a credit account with the 3rd party. … Continue reading What exactly is a “debt collector” under the FDCPA.
Today, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives passed House Bill 2060, over voluminous objections, including the unconstitutionality of many provisions, due to numerous misstatements about the applicability of this Bill. Although the Pennsylvania General Assembly's website has not been updated at the time of writing this article, you will be able to find the Representatives that … Continue reading EMERGENCY CALL TO ACTION – PA Firearm Rights in the Crosshairs! Only YOU can Prevent HB 2060 from being Enacted by the Senate
When an individual has been arrested and in the process his civil rights have been violated, he has the dilemma of navigating pending criminal charges and preserving any potential civil rights claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. In Heck v. Humphrey, 512 U.S. 477, 478, 114 S.Ct. 2364, 129 L.Ed.2d 383 (1994), the Supreme Court … Continue reading HOW DOES ACCEPTANCE INTO THE ARD PROGRAM AFFECT POTENTIAL 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS CLAIMS
Special Guest Author - Rick Vasquez of Rick Vasquez Firearms LLC and former ATF Acting Chief of the Firearms Technology Branch If you had zero knowledge of firearms as many talking heads on the media display, you might believe there is a new phenomenon called 3D printing of guns. Additionally, you may believe polymer firearms … Continue reading Undetectable Firearms and 3D Printing
With the noted exception of the current Attorney General, there is a growing acceptance of legalize use of marijuana in the United States. Thirty of the fifty states have legalized marijuana for either medical and/or recreational use. As the laws with regards to marijuana use continue to change state by state, the states which have … Continue reading More Pennsylvania Cities Decriminalize Marijuana Despite State Law.
On May 22, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision extending the Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure into the digital age. In Thomas Ivory Carpenter v. United States, the Court sided with the privacy rights of cellphone users over law enforcement using private tracking data compiled and saved by cell … Continue reading The Supreme Court recognizes privacy right to cell phone location history.