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Commonwealth Court Offers Reminder that Land Development Waivers Must Meet Undue Hardship Threshold

The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court recently emphasized to developers and municipalities the need to properly justify waivers from provisions of a subdivision and land development ordinance (SALDO) during the land development process. In Lake MacLeod Homeowners’ Association, Inc. v. Pine Township Board of Supervisors and Cavalier Partners, LP, the Court sided with the objectors by holding…

Eric M. Brown, Esquire Addresses Social Media Use by Municipalities in Webinar

On February 14, 2018, Siana Bellwoar Partner, Eric M. Brown, Esquire discussed social media usage by municipalities during a live webinar presented by Strafford Publications. He identified best management practices to consider when developing social media policies; the parameters within which a municipal employer may regulate the social media conduct of public employees both on…

The Dos and Don’ts of Social Media Policy for Employers – Part 2 by Eric M. Brown, Esquire

The First Amendment and Governmental Entities   The First Amendment poses a special concern to governmental entities seeking to regulate comments and messages made by both the general public as well as public employees on social media platforms. These entities should identify the governmental interest(s) in support of any limitations the policy imposes on the…

The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media Policies for Employers – Part 1 by Eric M. Brown, Esquire

Every employer should adopt a social media policy to govern employee use of both business and personal social media platforms. The importance of such policies has been highlighted by recent stories in news concerning the conduct of employees on social media, which show that even good employees sometimes post unprofessional or offensive comments. Prompt action…

Statutory Bidding Requirements – What Municipalities Should Know in 2017

The State of Pennsylvania recently released the updated bidding thresholds for contracts/purchases for 2017 which include: Contracts/purchases under $10,700 do not require quotes or a formal bid process (with a few exceptions); Contracts/purchases between $10,700 and $19,699 require the municipality to obtain three (3) telephone or written quotes; and Contracts/purchases of $19,700 and greater require…