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12/01/2016

The Justice Department has issued the first annual report of the White House Legal Aid Interagency Roundtable (WH-LAIR) to President Obama.  The report, entitled “Expanding Access to Justice, Strengthening Federal Programs,” documents the significant steps that the 22 federal agency members of WH-LAIR have taken to integrate civil legal aid into programs designed to serve low-income and vulnerable people.  The Attorney General and the Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council (DPC) co-chair WH-LAIR.

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11/18/2016

Community Legal Services of Philadelphia - 50 YearsCommunity Legal Services of Philadelphia (“CLS”) and Berger & Montague, P.C. jointly announce a $586,000 settlement of a claim brought by Plaintiff Jeniffer Santiago Rivera on behalf of a class of 268 home health aides who alleged that they were denied overtime pay by their employer, Vital Support Home Health Care Agency, Inc. (“VSHHA”).

On November 1, 2016, Magistrate Judge Timothy R. Rice of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued an order granting final approval of the settlement agreement. Class members will receive close to 100% of their unpaid overtime premiums as a result of the settlement.

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11/14/2016

The National Network of Business Law Pro Bono Providers (National Network) and the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo), with support from Pro Bono Net, have collaborated for the first time to launch a nationwide resource hotline for nonprofits regarding upcoming changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.

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11/10/2016

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence AwardsThe Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network is currently seeking nominations and sponsorships for the 2017 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Excellence Awards. The Excellence Awards honor members and friends of the legal aid community who exemplify excellence in their commitment and accomplishments as advocates for low-income people.

The celebration will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel. A social hour will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., immediately followed by a buffet dinner 

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11/09/2016

Visit www.SocialSecuirty.govThe Social Security Administration has announced the launch of a new Health IT initiative with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that enables all Social Security disability case processing sites to receive medical records electronically from all VA facilities. Veterans will receive a faster decision on their Social Security disability claim, speeding them and their dependents through this new process. Both agencies will save time and money with an automatic request through the eHealth Exchange.

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