2018-03-23

Employers fight to keep up with employment law changes



Family leave, sexual harassment, sexual orientation discrimination, overtime salary threshold and duties tests, employer health care insurance and related tax reporting requirements, mandatory drug testing, executive compensation, disability benefits claims procedure, contraceptive coverage, legal marijuana use, the proper classification of workers as independent contractors or employees, salaried or hourly, paid or unpaid interns: all are among the labor and employment […]

Law Student Enrollment and “The Trump Bump”




During the Great Recession, college grads had a tough time finding career path jobs, so many enrolled in graduate school or professional schools, such as law school, while waiting out the recession. Law students who graduated between 2012 and 2015 found the job market for lawyers was still flat, and many took lesser-paying jobs as law clerks or paralegals. For […]

Law firm M&A activity hit a high last year; larger firms take the lead




Last year, there were 102 law firm mergers and acquisitions in the U.S., which surpassed the previous record of 91 in 2015. The chief factors driving the M&A were less client activity and overcapacity — too many lawyers and not enough work for them. In 2016, overcapacity affected profits at 60 percent of all law firms and 76 percent of […]

Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference

An inside look at the events, attendees and keynote speakers ready to help launch your startup to new heights.


Following an impressive debut in 2016, the Invent Penn State Venture and IP Conference is returning to the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel April 19 and 20, 2018. The conference will feature keynote speakers representing a wide range of businesses and fields as well as events where entrepreneurs can compete, pitch their business ventures and meet with potential investors. The […]

Snyder County business expands to more than 1,500 locations across the country

Spotlight on Snyder County


Pam Harper is the owner of Star Hollow Candle Company in Middleburg, Pennsylvania. Being a small business owner isn’t easy, but Harper likes the challenge. As a small business owner in a small town, Harper knows there are plenty of hurdles to overcome. However, she’s done that and then some. Star Hollow has been a rousing success, and Harper is […]

American workers are at the heart of Wood-Mode success — past, present and future

Spotlight on Union County


Wood-Mode is known around the country for its high-quality custom cabinetry. Pennsylvania Business Central recently sat down with its Director of Marketing, Jeff Wolfe. We asked him about Wood-Mode’s fine products, what makes the company tick and where the future is headed. PBC: Tell us about Wood-Mode. How did it the company get its start? Wolfe: Wood-Mode was founded in […]

Northumberland County’s secret ingredient to success? It’s all about the people

Spotlight on Northumberland County


Tea Jay Aikey loves making a difference. Whether it’s a business venture or simply cheering on her favorite basketball team, Aikey gives it her all. Aikey was named president and CEO of the Central PA Chamber and its affiliates in October 2017. Prior to that, she was the finance and membership director and executive assistant. We asked Aikey about her […]

Updating the Office

Regional businesses like Hello Social Co. find today’s office spaces (like those at SpringBoard) are far different from their predecessors


Ellen Matis is highly organized. She has to be. As the owner of Hello Social Co., Matis does it all: finds clients, manages their social media and much, much more. Pennsylvania Business Central recently sat down with Matis to discuss Hello Social Co. and the modern office. PBC: Tell our readers a little bit about your background? How did you […]

Ken Pasch: Pilot, Author, Leader

Regional author shares insight into leadership development

After being drafted into the military during his time at Penn State in the ‘70s, Ken Pasch spent more than two decades in the U.S. Air Force. He learned to fly, then learned to teach, and in the process, he learned what it takes to lead effectively. Now, he’s written “On Course: Become a Great Leader & Soar!” to share […]

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