News and Publications

08.18.2016
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Catching Fireflies & Understanding School Code Amendments on Student Diabetes Care

For some, Summer evokes memories of camping, swimming, catching fireflies and other childhood endeavors. For many involved in public education in Pennsylvania, it also means attempting to understand the latest amendments to the Pennsylvania School Code to prepare for the upcoming school year. Some of the more recent changes to the School Code include statutory changes that will affect the way school districts manage the treatment and care of students with diabetes.

06.22.2016
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Commonwealth Court Throws "Illegal Procedure Flags" in Teacher Termination Cases

In two recent decisions, the Commonwealth Court reminded public school employers that the failure to follow procedural requirements for dismissing a tenured employee may result in the reinstatement of that employee. In the cases of New Kensington-Arnold School District v. New Kensington Arnold Education Association and School District of Philadelphia vs. Jones, the Commonwealth Court's rulings resulted in the reinstatement of a teacher who was terminated for using inappropriate language with students and a teacher who was dismissed following an arrest for possession of a "sawed off" shot gun, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

05.18.2016
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Office of Civil Rights Issues Letter on Rights of Transgender Students

On May 13, 2016 the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Education made headlines by issuing a "Dear Colleague" letter regarding the rights of transgender students. While "Dear Colleague" letters are not statutory or regulatory law, the letter is an expression of the OCR's interpretation of federal law and how the OCR intends to enforce the law.

04.15.2016
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School Law Alert: Should High Schools Acquire and Administer Narcan?

Recently, the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued information encouraging school districts to stock and administer an antidote for opioid overdoses called Naloxone, commonly referred to as “Narcan.” The Department of Health’s communication was issued more than a year after the passage of Act 139 of 2014, a law that provides the legal authority for certain individuals to administer Narcan. Last week, PSBA issued a Policy News Network (“PNN”) newsletter with a model policy to provide districts with resources on this subject. Because our school clients might have important questions regarding Narcan, we are issuing the following summary about this issue.

02.04.2016
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Effective Tax Planning

Even though we are just starting a new year, it is important to start thinking about tax planning, if you have not done so already. Spring may seem far off, but April 15 will be here before we know it. It’s difficult to do any meaningful tax planning for 2015 at that point. One of the most common tax deductions is charitable giving, but did you know that you may be able to deduct more than just gifts or contributions to charities? If you volunteer your time for a non-profit organization, you should be aware that your generosity may entitle you to some tax breaks.

02.04.2016
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TRID is Here

Ready or not, TRID (Truth in Lending - Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosures) is fully integrated into all residential real estate transactions involving residential mortgages, effective for all transactions inked after October 3, 2015. TRID does not apply to commercial real estate loans or cash deals.

02.03.2016
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Protect Yourself from Violating the Sunshine Act

We at CGA have been following an important and interesting story in which the DA launched an investigation in Lancaster County in response to a Sunshine Act Violation. While no findings were made by the DA at this time and no charges will be brought, it is important to understand what this board did wrong in the eyes of the press and the DA (and what avoided prosecution at this time).

02.03.2016
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Video Surveillance and the Right-to-Know Law

Video Surveillance can provide municipalities with security and peace of mind. However, such technology can also create new issues and concerns. Recordings of surveillance footage are subject to the Right-to-Know Law, and municipalities must address requests for video footage. Some video systems might record over previous footage in order to save space. If so, the municipality might need to reference its document retention policy. Municipalities must make sure to preserve any footage while a request is pending if the footage existed at the time of the initial request.

02.03.2016
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PA Supreme Court Sides with Farmers in Synagro Case

Municipalities are frequently witness to the tensions between large-scale farmers and their residential neighbors who resent the effects of these farms on their way of life. Concentrated farming operations are strictly regulated by the Commonwealth; but even a large-scale farm that complies thoroughly with all of Pennsylvania’s requirements can generate odors, insects or runoff which create at least the perception of problems or violations in the eyes of neighbors. Municipal officials are often pulled in both directions - to support one side’s position or take action to correct the other.

07.28.2015
Blog

CGA Law Firm has been voted Best Law Firm in York!

We’re honored to be named among the best in Susquehanna Style's annual contest! Thank you for voting CGA the Best Law Firm in York. Our attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants have a passion for serving clients, and we take pride in being trusted advocates and advisors.

07.23.2015
Blog

We're Seeking An Associate Attorney (Corporate/Business)

CGA Law Firm is seeking an associate with two to five years of experience handling corporate and business matters. Candidates must be comfortable in a moderately large private practice and be able to work in a team environment. Submissions from interested parties will be strictly confidential. Submit a cover letter (with salary requirements), resume with references, and a writing sample to:

CGA Law Firm
Attn: Hiring Committee
135 N. George Street
York, PA 17401
06.01.2015
Blog

Judicial Tax Sale Details

The York County Tax Claim Bureau will conduct the annual Judicial Tax Sale this Thursday, June 4, 2015. This sale is distinguishable from the "Tax Upset Sale" because properties at this sale are sold "free and clear" of mortgages and other encumbrances. The sale is conducted to ensure payment of municipal and school taxes. If your property is on this list and you do nothing, you will likely lose your property.

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