Pennsylvania Enacts Reasonable Police Hiring and Background Check Reform By Andrew M. Rongaus, Esquire

On July 14, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 57 of 2020 into law which is intended to provide police departments with information regarding an officer’s prior work history to make reasoned hiring decisions. It also prevents officers with disciplinary issues from moving to another Department to find employment without knowledge of the officer’s…

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Water Info Wars – Chester Water Authority v. PA Department of Community & Economic Development By Brigitte M. Meyer, Esquire

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently clarified the scope of the “deliberative process exception” to agencies’ obligation to disclose records pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law. The case takes place in the context of the ongoing “water wars” in southern Chester and Delaware Counties. For 150 years, the Chester Water Authority has provided water to…

Legal Implications of Mandatory Mental Health Evaluations for PA Police Officers by Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire Featured in Borough News Magazine

Siana Law recognizes Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire for his article, Legal Implications of Mandatory Mental Health Evaluations for PA Police Officers, which is featured in the August 2021 issue of the PA State Association of Boroughs (PSAB), Borough News Magazine. Chris’s Bio | Areas of Practice | Contact Us All rights reserved. This publication may…

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccines: What Your Borough Needs to Know By Andrew M. Rongaus, Esquire Published in Borough News Magazine

Siana Law recognizes Andrew M. Rongaus, Esquire for his recent article, Proof of COVID-19 Vaccines: What Your Borough Needs to Know which is featured in the August 2021 issue of the PA State Association of Boroughs (PSAB), Borough News Magazine. Andrew’s Bio | Areas of Practice | Contact Us All rights reserved. This publication may…

Will Pennsylvania Supreme Court Decisions Cause Municipalities to Hit the Brakes on Third Party Events on Municipal Property? by Michael G. Crotty, Esquire

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has written the ending chapter of a bike race accident case stretching back to May of 2015. The finale is a lesson in caution. Municipalities cannot rely on releases alone in hosting, allowing or condoning third party events on municipal property (including roads). In Degliomini v. City of Philadelphia, a cyclist…

Christopher P. Gerber and Ashley Heiberger to Present, Conducting a Proper Internal Affairs Investigation, at PSAB Legal Update

Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire is proud to join Ashely Heiberger at the PSAB PA Municipal Legal Update on Wednesday, August 5th to present, Conducting a Proper Internal Affairs Investigation (1:30 – 2:30 pm). Visit the PSAB website for further details about the upcoming Virtual Legal Update.         All rights reserved. This publication…

Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire to Present “Use of Force and Other Policing Issues” at PBI Municipal Law Colloquium

Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire is proud to participate in the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s 2021 Municipal Colloquium. Mr. Gerber will present, Use of Force and Other Policing Issues, with James E. Gavin, Esquire on Friday, June 18th from 11:20 – 12:20 pm.  Registration information and a complete description of the seminar can be found via PBI.org.  This…

Christopher p. Gerber, Esquire Partners with PSAB in Three-Part Online Learning Series: Proper Supervision of Municipal Police Departments

Siana Law attorney Christopher P. Gerber is proud to collaborate with PSAB on the three-part online learning series: Proper Supervision of Municipal Police Departments. The program runs from May 4th, 2021 to May 18th, 2021. Visit the PSAB website to register. The program description below was originally published on the PSAB website: Operating a police…

May Employers Require Employees to Provide Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Status? by Andrew M. Rongaus, Esquire

As government officials and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) continue to relax restrictions for individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, many employers are looking for guidance to determine if they can legally obtain information regarding the vaccination status of their employees. There are many reasons that an employer may wish to maintain…