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01/26/2018

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The Commonwealth Court, in the case of Lowman v. Unemployment Compensation Board of Review, has unanimously held that where an unemployed worker had qualified for unemployment compensation benefits, he would not be later disqualified from receiving benefits because he picked up work with Uber while looking for a new job.  The decision is important for finding that casual work for Uber does not amount to setting up a new business.
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01/25/2018

Photo: Kadeem Morris, Arlene Marshall-Hockensmith and Sam MilkesArlene Marshall-Hockensmith, the Administrative Officer of Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network, Inc. was formally announced as one of the newest members of the Dauphin County Board of Directors during the Association's Annual Membership Meeting on January 24, 2018. Attorney Marshall-Hockensmith will serve a two-year term on the Board.

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01/23/2018

Attorney General Josh Shapiro has announced that he and a bipartisan group of 20 other Attorneys General are filing an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a Seventh Circuit decision protecting “fair share” provisions in public sector collective bargaining agreements. The brief addresses Mark Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case that will be heard on February 26, 2018, that seeks to overrule precedent settled in the 1977 Supreme Court case Abood v. Detroit Board of Education. The brief argues that the Supreme Court should defer to states’ judgment on how best to manage their workforces.

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01/18/2018

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law logoThe Clearinghouse Community, part of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will be holding the January episode of the Advocacy Exchange webcast, entitled Criminalizing Poverty with Peter Edelman, John Bouman, & Nusrat Choudhury, on Friday January 26, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm Eastern. The Advocacy Exchange is a monthly conversation hosted by the Clearinghouse Community with advocates advancing change.

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01/18/2018

The Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania, the Toll Public Interest Center at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, The Vanguard Group, Unidos PA'PR, Ceiba, and the Philadelphia Bar Association are participating in a Pro Bono FEMA Legal Clinic to Assist Puerto Rico Evacuees at Esperanza College, 4261 N. Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140, on January 20, 2018 beginning at 10:00 am.

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