Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Elder abuse is everywhere, though; not just on the news. One of the reasons for the growing problem is that the largest and wealthiest generation in American history — the Baby Boomers — have retired and are aging. Meanwhile, their children and grandchildren may be struggling. This is a recipe for disaster and exploitation that regulators and legislators have been working diligently to solve before it gets any worse.

Catholic Church Spent $300 Million Last Year on Sexual Abuse Crisis

Catholic Church Spent $300 Million Last Year on Sexual Abuse Crisis

According to a report by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Church in the United States spent a staggering more than $300 million on costs related to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. The report, which surveyed costs between June 2017 and June 2018, including nearly $200 million in legal settlements.

DTaP Vaccine Weakens Over Time, Necessitating Need For Booster Shots

DTaP Vaccine Weakens Over Time, Necessitating Need For Booster Shots

A recent study shows that the modern vaccine for whooping cough becomes less effective as children age highlighting the need for new vaccines to protect children from the highly contagious disease.  

SEC's New Best Interest to Protect Investors from Bad Brokers

SEC's New Best Interest to Protect Investors from Bad Brokers

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted a rule to protect investors from bad brokers. The “Regulation Best Interest” (or BI) is the SEC’s answer to the Obama administration’s planned “fiduciary rule,” which the Trump administration killed. But will the Best Interest rule really be in the best interest of investors?

Older Americans Face Rise in Deadly Falls

Older Americans Face Rise in Deadly Falls

According to a new study, falls among Americans 75 or over are becoming more deadly. This statistic is made even more tragic due to the fact that many of these fatal falls are preventable.

SEC Philadelphia Office Opens Program to Help Senior Investors Avoid Scams

SEC Philadelphia Office Opens Program to Help Senior Investors Avoid Scams

In an upcoming program directed at the general public, the SEC Philly office, in conjunction with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, and Temple University’s Institute on Protective Services, will share the latest on the products, strategies, and scams that most affect elderly investors.

Legislators Seek to Bar Brokers from Client Wills

Legislators Seek to Bar Brokers from Client Wills

Four United States Senators have sent a letter to the CEO of securities industry regulator FINRA asking the agency to bar stock brokers from client wills. Lead by Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, the Senators have sought to curb elder financial abuse by financial advisors who illegitimately appear in client wills. The move by the legislators came as a result of a Maryland broker receiving $500,000 from a client who was suffering from dementia and had been living in a nursing home.

Major Regulators Issue Senior Safe Fact Sheet

Major Regulators Issue Senior Safe Fact Sheet

Signed into law a year ago, the Senior Safe Act specifically addresses how financial professionals can do a better job in reporting suspected senior financial abuse and exploitation to the authorities. The fact sheet was circulated on the first anniversary of the passage of the Senior Safe Act in order to further promote awareness or resources and training among financial professionals, institutions, senior investors, and their families.

Vaccine Court Compensates Individuals For Vaccine Injuries

 Vaccine Court Compensates Individuals For Vaccine Injuries

From 2013 to 2017, the vaccine program has paid out an average of $229 million a year to injured victims and their families, with the average payment approximating $430,000.  As America enters the worst measles outbreak since the disease was declared eradicated two decades ago, it is worth examining this rarely talked about element of vaccination requirements.  The Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has long percolated at the heart of misinformation and misunderstanding. It also raises questions about where large sums of tax money are flowing.

Firm Partners Honored as Super Lawyers

Firm Partners Honored as Super Lawyers

Green & Schafle are proud to announce the firm partners Adam Green and Michael Schafle have once again been named Super Lawyers in Pennsylvania. Both attorneys have enjoyed the honor, reserved for lawyers who have demonstrated excellence in the practice of law, for almost a decade.

Should Adults Get A Measles Booster Vaccine?

Should Adults Get A Measles Booster Vaccine?

Measles outbreaks have occurred in 22 states and as a result, adults are wondering if they are immune to the measles virus, or whether they should get a measles booster vaccine.  The alarming number of outbreaks, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has blamed as a deliberate misinformation campaign by anti-vaccine activists, has many Americans questioning they efficacy of the MMR vaccines they have previously received.

More than 300 New Jersey Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse

More than 300 New Jersey Clergy Accused of Sexual Abuse

For decades, leaders of the Roman Catholic dioceses of New Jersey remained silent on allegations of abuse by clergy members. But this month, the truth will out. Five archdioceses in New Jersey have begun to divulge information related to abuses that stretch back nearly one hundred years. They are finally naming names.

Delaware Influenza Rates & Vaccines

Delaware Influenza Rates & Vaccines

Although May is late in the 2018-2019 flu season, flu activity in Delaware and across the U.S. remains elevated with an increase in the number of influenza A (H3N2) viruses circulating over the last month. H3N2 viruses are typically associated with more severe illness in older adults.  While anyone experiencing flu-like symptoms should seek treatment quickly, it is especially important for individuals 65 years and older to do so due to the number of health complications that the influenza virus can cause.

FINRA Cracks Down on Bad Brokers, Small Firms

FINRA Cracks Down on Bad Brokers, Small Firms

Securities industry regulatory body, FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), released its proposal for a rule that would crack down on firms with a high concentration of “bad” brokers. With its latest regulatory notice, FINRA stated that it would increase oversight of brokerages with a “significant history of misconduct,” requiring them to set aside additional funds that cannot be withdrawn without FINRA’s consent.

OSHA, Vaccines, and the Workplace

OSHA, Vaccines, and the Workplace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for vaccinating employees who respond to medical incidents in the workplace are mandatory requirements under OSHA regulations, the Eighth Circuit has recently ruled.  The Circuit Court was tasked with whether Walmart was required to administer Hepatitis B vaccines to its employees who rendered first aid in the workplace.

Senior Abuse Often Hits Uncomfortably Close to Home

Senior Abuse Often Hits Uncomfortably Close to Home

Approximately one in five Americans who are over 65 will suffer some form of elder financial abuse, and estimates suggest that more than $30 billion is lost every year due to investor fraud, caregiver abuse, and other forms of financial exploitation.

Mumps Outbreak at Temple University in Philadelphia

Mumps Outbreak at Temple University in Philadelphia

At nearby Temple University, over 100 confirmed cases of mumps have been confirmed as an outbreak hit the university hard after just a few documented cases in February 2019. Across the United States, it’s not just the mumps that have seen outbreaks.  The number of measles cases in the US jumped to the second-highest level in 25 years.

PA House Approves New Child Sexual Abuse Reporting Rules

PA House Approves New Child Sexual Abuse Reporting Rules

This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved to toughen penalties for people who do not report instances or suspicions of repeated child abuse. The bill also stipulated that nondisclosure agreements do not apply to reporting child molestation to the police for investigation.

Flu Season in Pennsylvania & New Jersey

Flu Season in Pennsylvania & New Jersey

According to a new research brief released in March 2019 by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), the number of influenza hospitalizations in Pennsylvania increased from 5,328 in fiscal year 2017 to 8,647 in fiscal year 2018.  This 62% increase shows substantial variation in the number of hospital admissions for influenza, a pattern that is similar to national trends.

When Your Broker Departs

When Your Broker Departs

The financial industry self-regulator, FINRA, issued a new regulatory notice today aimed at broker-dealers with departing brokers. The notice was intended to urge broker-dealers to be more clear and forthright with customers about departing brokers and what will happen to the customers’ accounts. If you’ve ever been in the situation where your broker has either left for another firm, left the industry, or passed away, you understand just how confusing things can get when it comes to who will be handling your investments and why.