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…

Happy Holidays from Siana Law

It has been a different year for all of us, and a difficult year for many. Despite the unforeseen challenges of 2020, we found ways to stay connected to family and friends, worked together to support essential community workers and businesses, and have prioritized keeping one another safe. The members of Siana Law are grateful…

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When Public Discourse and Public Management Interact: Freedom of Speech and Expression Amid COVID-19 and the Election Cycle by Brian C. Conley

Everyone knew 2020 would be an election year. Few could have predicted the election would take a backseat to a pandemic, murder hornets and nationwide public protests in the news cycle. Such is the world these days. And, in such a world, the breadth, intensity and importance of public discourse is even more magnified than…

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Municipal Employer Alert – Navigating the Storm by Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire

Charting A Course to Restore Local Government Operations As we look ahead to re-opening Pennsylvania during a protracted fight against the coronavirus, local governments should implement a strategic plan designed to optimize safe and efficient public services while protecting the health of municipal employees. This effort requires a careful balancing of individual liberty and privacy…

MUNICIPAL LAW ALERT – SB 841 Emergency Measures to Help Local Governments Respond to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency by Michael G. Crotty and Thomas J. Grant

Gov. Tom Wolf now has legislation on his desk that contains emergency measures to help local governments respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency and includes a provision addressing a popular state education tax credit program. The bill was unanimously approved by both the state Senate and House, and has been presented to the Governor…

EMPLOYER ALERT – Police Officers May be Exempt Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s Extended Paid Leave Requirements by Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire

MARCH 30, 2020 The United States Department of Labor issued guidance in response to the enactment of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address whether law enforcement personnel are exempt from the benefits afforded under the Act. Specifically, the Act exempted “emergency responders” from the extended paid sick leave and extended family medical leave.…

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COVID-19 – A Message from Siana Law

In accordance with the latest guidance offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, employees and visitors are no longer required to wear a mask when entering or working inside the building at Siana Law. Employees and visitors are welcome to continue to wear a mask as they deem…