FMLA Offers Leave for New Parents and Employees who Need to Care for Loved Ones. Do You Know Your FMLA Rights?

The Family and Medical Leave Act, also called FMLA, was enacted to help families in times of need. Established in 1993, this federal labor law provides unpaid, job-protected leave to qualified employees for various medical and family reasons, including caring for a new child and caring for sick relatives. While some states have passed their own FMLA laws, Pennsylvania employees are limited to the rights guaranteed under the federal law. While the FMLA legislated protection against certain types of discrimination, some employers, intentionally or unintentionally, violate this law. Lancaster County employees should take time to get to know their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act and, when necessary, seek the help of an FMLA attorney to protect those rights.

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We Reveal Five Common Custody Mistakes and How Parents in Lancaster County can Avoid Them

Parents who are contemplating divorce or getting ready to determine child custody may have to deal with challenging emotions. It's hard to decide which custody agreement is fair, what is best for the child, and what is reasonable for the parents' schedules, relationships, and abilities. However, in most cases, each parent wants more time with their child or as much as they can get. But not every parent understands that what they do before, during, and after the divorce can impact custody decisions and even cause a judge to reduce their share of custody.

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8 Things to Consider for Estate Planning

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney We tend not to think about estate planning until confronted with our own mortality. In fact, despite the huge impact an estate plan can have on our own lives before death and on the lives of loved ones after, many Americans still avoid the simple act of creating a last will and testament. If there's one positive thing that…

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Illegal in PA: Dishonest Contractors, Home Sellers, and Real Estate Agents

By Angela M. Ward, Attorney Owning a home should be a happy experience. But sometimes careless or even dishonest contractors or real estate agents can cheat you out of money and peace of mind. You don't have to put up with it. In Pennsylvania, homeowners are protected from contractor and real estate fraud under The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL) and the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act. These…

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6 Tips for a Less Stressful Divorce in Lancaster

By Robert M Going, Attorney Divorce is naturally stressful, even under the best of circumstances. When you add in issues of child custody and visitation, division of assets, and debt, it becomes even more stressful. If you're a Lancaster County resident filing for divorce, there are steps you can take to make the process less traumatic for you and your family. Don't Focus Your Divorce…

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