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Karl Heideck Expounds on the New Salary Law in Philadelphia

Karl Heideck recently gave his views on the salary history law in Philadelphia. He highlighted the challenges in legislation that have previously existed within the state, allowing employers to look into a potential employees salaries background before hiring them that. Employers are now not allowed to research into the salary history of a potential hire. They are also not allowed to call the potential hire’s previous employers to find out exactly how much they were paying the employee at the time that he/she was working with the former employer.

Aim and Consequences of the New Law

Failure to comply with this law first announced in January could lead to legal charges against the potential employer. Businesses therefore now have to engage with lawyers to ensure that they ask the right questions during the interview process to ensure they are on the right side of the law. Philadelphia is the first of all the states to pass such a law. The law is aimed at making the hiring process more transparent and to seal the gender gap difference in salaries offered to men and women at the same career level in any profession. In the past, men have always earned more than women and have had higher chances of getting a salary increase. The new law does not only apply to businesses headquartered in Philadelphia, but it also applies to those that have their headquarters elsewhere. The Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce tried to stop immediate implementation of the law in court saying that it would negatively affect businesses in the state bust this complaint was thrown out since it did not show how exactly businesses would be negatively impacted. Visit to know more.

About Karl Heideck

Karl Heideck is an experienced attorney in risk management, compliance, and litigation. He pursued his education at Swarthmore College and Temple University. At Swarthmore, he earned his BA in English Language and Literature/Letters before proceeding to the Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law for his J.D. in law. Karl Heideck has experience in skills such as legal writing, mediation, legal research, trials, employment law, intellectual property, corporate law, among many others.

Writing and Publications

Karl Heideck’s expertise in law is greatly appreciated by many who visit his WordPress site “Inside the Mind of Karl Heideck” to learn about recent legal news and the implications of both existing and new laws. Additionally, Karl Heideck is a regular contributor to Philly Purge and has been featured on aim has always been to simplify law for the common American citizen who does not have a background in law.

Jeremy Goldstein: Lion of the Law

Dealing with legal issues is frustrating, and often leaves one with more questions than answers.  Thankfully, the Bar Association of New York has created a tool that relieves some of the burden; they have provided the people of New York with The New York State Bar Association Trusted Lawyer Referral and Information service (LRIS.) This online, confidential service is available 24-hours per day at  and compliments the telephone service already in place for over three decades. This is a helpful alternative can be reached during regular business hours at 1-800-342-3661.


Choosing a lawyer is overwhelming and time-consuming.  LRIS simplifies the process by easily matching an individual with the perfect lawyer to effectively represent their situation.  As stated by Claire Gutekunst, State Bar President, “Individuals often need lawyers in times of stress. Our Lawyer Referral and Information Service is a lower-pressure way to get legal help. Individuals can have the confidence that they will be matched.” Echoing her sentiments is Tony Lai, CEO of and partners with LRIS, “We are proud to partner with one of the largest associations of lawyers in the world to redefine how lawyers can scale the delivery of legal services to a greater number of people at a lower cost, and to create the trusted, go-to online destination for consumers and businesses seeking to rely on New York law, all around the world.”


Upon reviewing the questionnaire, the staff will match the person with a near-by lawyer. If the individual lives in any of the 17 counties that has a local referral program, the State Bar will forward the request to the correct bar association for that county. This is a free referral service, however when the person talks with the attorney, there’s a $35 fee for an initial 30-minute consultation (not applicable to cases involving unemployment/worker’s compensation, personal injury, medical malpractice, social securing and cases involving veterans or military law.) Upon completion of the first consultation, the individual is not obligated to retain the attorney.  However, if the lawyer is chosen to represent them, all costs are discussed between the attorney and client.


This service not only empowers the public, but also grows the practices of many attorneys serving New York.  According to Elena Tastensen, a Sarasota Springs lawyer serving as chair of the Association’s Committee on Lawyer Referral, “The carefully screened client referrals, coupled with the new online technology, also will help attorneys serve additional clients; The Lawyer Referral and Information Service really helped me grow my practice”


Founded in 1876, and Consisting of approximately 72,000 members, the New York State Bar Association is considered the largest bar association in the United States.  One of its most respected members is Jeremy L. Goldstein, founder of Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates, LLC.  His firm represents corporations and committees dealing with CEOs, team management, executive compensation, and corporate oversite.


Mr. Goldstein partnered at the wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz firm prior to the founding of his own firm.  Some of his legal accomplishments include:  Dow Chemical Company/Rohm and Has Company, Merk/Schering Plough Corporation, Goldman Sachs/Kinder Morgan, Inc, Bank of America Corporation/and Morgan Chase & Co./Bank One Corporation.  Goldstein also serves several charities including the Fountain House which assists in recovery from mental illness and Make a Wish Foundation of Metro New York.


Mr. Goldstein earned is J.D. from NYU School of Law, an M.S. from the University of Chicago, and s B.A. Cum Laude with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University.  He currently sits as the chair of the Mergers & Acquisition Subcommittee of the Executive Compensation Committee of the ABA Business Section.  He is a well-known writer and speaker on the topic of corporate governing and executive compensation and to top of his exemplary accomplishments, Mr. Goldstein is even named as one of the leading executive compensation lawyers in the Chambers USA Guide to Americas Leading Lawyers for Business and also in Legal 500.  You can reach the office of Mr. Goldstein at 212.256.1225.


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Jeremy Goldstein Recommends Clients and Attorneys Make Use of New On-line Legal Referral Service

The New York State Bar Association has launched a reliable lawyer referral and information service. The acronym of the popular service is LRIS. This portal is perfect for individuals who require the advice of an attorney. The service is favorably confidential. It is available twenty-four hours per day. The link is: Persons wishing to speak by phone may use the LRIS telephone option.


Finding a lawyer is stressful—especially when a person meets up with a legal catastrophe or other stressful event. The Lawyer Referral and Information Service is a user-friendly way to attain legal assistance. Persons are matched up with lawyers that are trusted. The State Bar President, Claire P. Gutekunst, offered in so many words that by making use of the referral service—the individual does not worry about the lawyer’s general reputation.


The New York State Bar Association developed the online service, by partnering with—a National provider of referral management technology. The preceding service specializes in legal technology.


He further added that the technology makes it possible for the legal professionals to provide legal remedy and services to a greater populace. The service makes it possible to offer legal services at a lower cost to the client, and to build favorable rapports with consumers and business enterprises—as it applies to the laws of New York—and, also, the world over.


The legal referral service works in the following manner:


1—An individual visits the website: He fills out a questionnaire, which is confidential. He describes the legal issue and location.


2—The staff, at the State Bar, reviews the questionnaire. They then match the person with a lawyer, whose office is close to the individual seeking advice.


3—The State Bar will forward the request to a locally operated lawyer run referral service, if that particular individual, resides in one of seventeen counties, that supply such a service.


4—The referrals are free. When the individual speaks with a lawyer, to whom he has received a recommendation—a thirty-five dollar fee—applies for the first one-half hour of consultation. An exception is made, if the matter is one of: a) Personal Injury, b) Social Security, c) a Medical Malpractice issue; d) a Veteran-related legal issue, e) Militaristic Law, f) an Unemployment legal matter; or g) Worker’s Compensation legal issue.


5—Once, the initial consultation has occurred, the individual is under no obligation to retain the attorney, which he has been referred. However, if the individual decides it is in his best interest, to retain the attorney, additional attorney fees are determined by way of the client and the attorney working out the fees.


The New York State Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service, has been quite instrumental, in matching up lawyers and potential clients, for a period of thirty-five years. The trained staff, in 2016, managed more than ten-thousand phone calls—generated from the public.


The online, twenty-four hour service, is now available along with the telephone service. The telephone service is accessed by an 800 number: 1-800-342-3661. The 800 telephone service is open during regular business hours.


The service, makes it possible, for lawyers to better serve the needs of the client—due to the fact that referrals are screened—carefully. The following insight was offered by Elena Jaffe Tastensen. Ms. Tastensen is a Saratoga Springs’ attorney. She also serves as the Chair of the Association’s Committee on Lawyer Referral.


She additionally stated: that the referral service was useful in that it allowed her to grow her practice-significantly. Ms. Tastensen has now been in business for over a decade and still makes use of the lawyer referral service.


The New York State Bar Association is highly recognized. It has been around since the late 19th century. It is the largest voluntary State Bar Association. There are seventy-two thousand members that belong to the New York State Bar Association.


Notes Regarding Jeremy Goldstein:


Jeremy L. Goldstein is a partner at the well-regarded Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates, LLC. The firm provides advice to Compensation Committees, Chief Executive Officers and Corporate Entities, as it applies to Compensation or Governmental issues. The firm places focus, on issues, which arise from transformative events. Mr. Goldstein, prior to his establishment of his firm, worked at the firm by the name of: ‘Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz’. Mr. Goldstein has involved himself in many significant, sizable business transactions—during the past decade. Some of the transactions include work, in the area of corporate acquisitions. The clients, as it applies to corporate acquisitions, include: Goodrich by United Technologies; Duke Energy—Progress Energy; Sanofi-Aventis—Genzyme; Merck—Schering Plough Corp; Dow Chemical Company—Rohm and Haas Co.; Goldman Sachs, et al.—Kinder Morgan, Incorporated; Verizon Wireless—ALLTEL Corp.; Goldman Sachs and TPG—ALLTEL Corp.; NYSE Group, Incorporated—Euronext; Bank of America, Corp.—MBNA Corp.; SBC Communications, Incorporated—AT&T Corporation; Chevron Texaco Corp.—Unocal Corp.; Kmart Holding Corp.—Sears, Roebuck and Company; Sanofi-Synthelabo SA—Aventis SA; Cingular Wireless Corp.—AT&T Wireless Services, Incorporated; J.P. Morgan Chase & Company—Bank One Corporation; Bank of America Corp.—FleetBoston Financial Corporation; South African Breweries plc—Miller Brewing Co.; and Phillips Petroleum Company—Conoco, Incorporated.


Jeremy Goldstein, chairs the Mergers & Acquisition Subcommittee of the Executive Compensation of the American Bar Association as it applies to the business section. Jeremy Goldstein is a writer and public speaker. His presence is well-received. He is in attendance at speaking events, with regard to matters of subject, about: Corporate Governance; and that of Executive Compensation legal issues. Jeremy Goldstein is listed, too, as a leading Executive Compensation Attorney in the ‘Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business’ and ‘The Legal 500’. Jeremy Goldstein is a member of the ‘Professional Advisory Board of the New York University Journal of Law and Business’. He is a member of the New Leadership Council of Make-A-Wish Foundation of the metropolitan New York area; and is a member of the Board of Directors, too, of Fountain House. Fountain House is a charitable organization who is committed to Recovery of women and men with mental maladies and illnesses. Mr. Goldstein attained a J.D. from New York University School of Law. He attained an M.S. Degree from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. cum laude-–with Distinction—in all subjects from Cornell University.