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.


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.


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.


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 


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.


Following an investigative report revealing widespread lead poisoning and significant rates of unlicensed rentals in Philadelphia, City Council has authorized hearings to examine the impact of eviction and substandard housing on the health and well-being of low-income renters and to examine solutions that would improve the safety and stability of rental housing, including the right to counsel.


Governor Tom Wolf has signed HB 319 into law which will finally provide nearly 44,000 additional people with insurance in the event they lose their job or cannot find work.

Act 144 will help to ensure that seasonal workers and those who need unemployment insurance will have better and more efficient access to those funds. While there are many people who need unemployment insurance to get them through periods of unemployment, seasonal workers in industries such as construction utilize these funds to make it through the winter months.


Pennsylvania Health Law Project logoThe October 2016 edition of Health Law PA News has been published by the Pennsylvania Health Law Project. 

Health Law PA News is a free newsletter containing the latest news relating to Health Law in Pennsylvania. You can subscribe to receive the PHLP eNews, which links to the Health Law PA News on the PHLP website.


The Consumer Finanacial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has announced an opportunity to participate in the 2017 Your Money, Your Goals Cohort. Approximately 30 organizations from around the country are sought who are interested in using the Your Money, Your Goals toolkit to help build the financial capability of the people they serve. 

CFPB is interested in working with organizations that serve low-income and economically vulnerable populations in the Cohort. These may include public and private social service, faith-based, legal aid, volunteer, and worker-focused organizations. 


Everyone votes PA logoSecretary of State Pedro A. Cortés has encouraged Pennsylvania voters to educate themselves about rights they have when they go to the polls on November 8 and offers some important points regarding voter rights.