1. California Labor Commissioner Fines Cheesecake Factory and Its Janitorial Contractor

    By: Philip A. Toomey, Esq. The California Labor Commissioner announced yesterday that it was fining Cheesecake Factory, and its janitorial contractor, Americlean Janitorial Services, and Magic Touch Commercial Cleaning (Americlean’s subcontractor) $4,206,351. A copy of the fines are available here. Rather than onboarding employees to perform all functions necessary for the successful running of …Read More

  2. IRS to End Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program in September 2018; Taxpayers’ Next Steps Regarding Offshore Compliance

    By: Matthew S. Sutphen, Esq. and William A. Buck, Esq.  The Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) recently announced that its Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program (“OVDP”) will be ending on September 28, 2018. The program, which commenced in 2009, is designed to allow taxpayers with unreported offshore assets to voluntarily resolve past tax and reporting non-compliance in exchange for protect…Read More

  3. A General Liability Insurer’s Duty to Defend in California

    By: Philip A. Toomey, Esq. On Monday, June 4, the Supreme Court of California ("SCOCAL") ruled that under certain circumstances, a general liability insurer has an obligation to defend an insured who has been sued for negligent hiring and retention. This is a major ruling, since most general liability carriers have, in the past, declined such claims, asserting that these are not general liability…Read More

  4. Leech Tishman Welcomes Natalie C. Metropulos

    PITTSBURGH, PA – June 4, 2018 - Leech Tishman is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney to the firm, Natalie C. Metropulos. Natalie joins Leech Tishman as Counsel in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group and will be based in the Pittsburgh, PA office. Natalie will focus her practice in the areas of insurance coverage, commercial litigation, and family law. Natalie has experience rep…Read More

  5. Immigration Attorney Named Co-Chair of the PBA’s Legal Services to the Public Committee

    Leech Tishman Immigration attorney, Sharon Barney, has been named Co-Chair of the PBA’s Legal Services to the Public Committee for the 2018-2019 year. The committee provides assistance in the creation of programs designed to provide for the delivery of legal services to indigent Pennsylvanians. It also monitors and makes recommendations concerning all legislation regarding unmet legal needs and …Read More

  6. Status of Bills in the California Legislature that may Affect California Employers

    By: Philip A. Toomey, Esq. Bills held in Committee: the general consensus is that bills that have been held in committee will not be acted upon by the legislature prior to the expiration of this legislative session. The bills being held are: AB1902- Personal Service Contracts: this bill involved personal service contracts, and required the Department of Industrial Relations to value companies, d…Read More