The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently denied Brandon Bostian’s appeal seeking review of a lower court’s reinstatement of all charges brought against him for his role in a high-speed derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight people. The derailment occurred in May 2015, when the New York-bound train jumped the track as it rounded a curve at more than twice the 50 mph speed limit. National Transportation Safety Board investigators concluded that…

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  On January 1, 2021, Marylanders awoke to several new laws that took effect.  Some of the more notable changes are: Minimum Wage Increase: For most, the law that will have the most impact is the minimum wage bill.  Starting January 1, 2021, the minimum wage increased from $11.00 an hour and will go up to $11.60 or $11.75, depending on the business.  Organizations with   at least 15 employees will…

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After an eight-month test of endurance, Congress passed, and President Trump signed into law, a $900 billion COVID-19 relief along with a $1.4 trillion government funding package.  Here are the key takeaways: Direct Payments The legislation, officially named the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, authorizes a second round of economic-impact payments, following the checks Americans received in the spring and summer. Households will receive $600 for each adult and $600 for…

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