In 1774 Pennsylvania served as the establishment for the Founding
Father's meeting of the First Continental Congress. The Second
Continental Congress also met in Pennsylvania in 1775. The Declaration
of Independence was signed in Philadelphia but the city was soon after
taken by British command.
For several years following the Revolutionary War's conclusion,
Philadelphia served as the United States' capital. Pennsylvania itself
was named after one if its own founding fathers, William Penn. The
state of Pennsylvania sets taxes, by law, on many of its
municipalities, levies, real estates, stocks, holdings, and bonds.
These laws are not too different from Pennsylvania's other state laws.
Many of these include divorce laws, bankruptcy laws, labor laws, felony
conviction laws, drunken driving laws, and expungement laws.
The United States' federal government created new laws in regards to
bankruptcy in 2005. These laws decrease the number of individuals who
qualify for Chapter Seven bankruptcy and set new regulations on who can
be approved for bankruptcy. After a petition has been approved, an
individual's income and debt will be measured against the mean of
Depending on where an individual falls in relation to the state mean,
he or she will be granted either Chapter Seven or Chapter Thirteen
bankruptcy. Not all who apply for bankruptcy are granted bankruptcy.
The new Bankruptcy Act of 2005 was designed to limit the abuse on the
Expungement does not mean that an individual's criminal records cannot
later be accessed under the correct authorization. Expungement
eliminates an individual's record from public and personal viewing and
also allows an individual the right to legally say he or she never
committed the expunged crime. The files will be eliminated from all
databases along with any form of identifying information.
These records can be accessed if the individual runs for public office
or if he or she applies for the military. Expungement is not possible
for many criminal cases. Felony offenses, sexual offenses, and
misdemeanor offenses most often cannot be expunged. Unless a case under
these offenses is later dismissed, reversed, or found to be incorrect,
no expungement is possible. Traffic violations also cannot be expunged.
Pennsylvania law and federal law do not require that companies and
businesses provide extra payment for holidays or holidays off. Federal
law states that a business has the right to be open three hundred
sixty-five days of the year, which requires employees to work. Some
businesses do allow certain holidays off as well as extra payment for
working holidays. If such an agreement if provided and stated in
written contract, the business is lawfully required to provide this
Instead of providing sick leave some companies instead provide paid
time off. This benefit can be used whenever an individual desires and
include the necessity of sick days.
Felony offenses carry harsher punishments than misdemeanor offenses.
Each offense is separated into different degrees and different forms of
punishment. Misdemeanor offenses can earn no more than one year in
jail, while felony offenses can earn no less than one year in prison
and as many as life in prison.