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Child support disputes in Pennsylvania

Child support in Pennsylvania is generally paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent. Our state's child support laws support the notion that both parents should provide financial support to a child, and these laws are aggressively enforced. As such, if a parent falls behind on paying his or her legally obligated amount of child support, the other parent can take legal action in court to ensure that the support is paid.

Are workers with occupational diseases denied benefits?

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers’ Compensation states that benefits may be available if an individual’s work causes a disease, illness or injury. Yet according to a recent article, workers who suffer illnesses from exposure to toxic chemicals may face obstacles in obtaining benefits. 

Strains, sprains, stress and other injuries in the workplace

Injuries and illnesses are something everyone faces at one point or another, but some people are more likely to get sick than others. For instance, if you work in a high-stress environment, it's possible you could fall ill more easily from stress, anxiety, depression or other illnesses related to your work.

Improving safety in schools

The numbers for assaults on teachers in Allegheny County schools are rising. In the 2014-2015 school year, there were 31 aggravated assaults with teachers as the victims. Another 140 simple assaults against teachers were reported.

What are the 2 types of no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania?

In Pennsylvania, most divorces happen via the no-fault divorce process because it is far cheaper and easier to carry out than a fault-based divorce. With no-fault, divorcing couples don't need to go before a judge, and the only time they have to go to court is to file their divorce papers. This article will look at the two types of no-fault divorce in Pennsylvania.

How can a workplace be kept safer?

Keeping your workplace safe is important to making sure employees don't get hurt on the job. Here are a few things that should be done to make sure your workplace is as safe as possible. If you've already been hurt, you may be able to show your employer was negligent by highlighting the issues found in the workplace

Helping Pennsylvania workers with illnesses and injuries

Pennsylvania workers who develop medical conditions due to their occupations will usually have the ability to seek compensation to pay for their medical care. They can also seek money to pay for time spent unable to work and other kinds of benefits depending on the nature and extent of their injuries and/or illnesses.

Stepparent forced to pay child support in unusual case

Is it only the biological parents of children who can be held accountable for child support? In most cases, the answer is yes, and you'd need to make sure your attorney was looking to seek that compensation from the right person. In this unusual case out of Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court has ruled that a stepfather can actually be held liable for child support.

Contractor fights $9,800 fine for 2 serious safety violations

A fine of $9,800 was issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to Francis J. Palo, Inc., a Pennsylvania contractor, for two serious safety violations. A bridge collapsed in June and injured two workers. The contractor is contesting the violations and the fine.

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