Building Trust In Law Enforcement – Recommendations for Local Elected Officials On Constitutional Policing and Transparency By Christopher P. Gerber, Esquire

In the wake of recent events, which have spurred protests, riots, and an apparent loss of confidence in law enforcement, it is critical for local elected officials to take immediate action to ensure that police services are provided in accordance with the United States Constitution and federal and state law. In an arena that involves…

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.…

Siana Law Attorneys Attend 2019 PSATS Conference

Siana Law attorneys, Michael G. Crotty, Eric M. Brown and Sheryl L. Brown attended the April 2019 Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors (PSATS) Annual Educational Conference in Hershey, PA. They presented a variety of seminars that covered topics pertinent to municipal officials and employees, such as social media and the First Amendment. Read the…

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…

Police Risk Management – Training Opportunity

On September 21, 2017, Siana Law attorney, Christopher Gerber, presented a police risk management training course entitled, Bullet Proof Defense on behalf of the Chester County Department of Emergency Services. The course covered the fundamentals of civil rights lawsuits filed against municipalities, their chiefs of police and other command staff involving claims arising under the…