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Employment
The following post was written by CLS Litigation Director Sharon Dietrich. I sometimes am asked for authority for the proposition that the reporting of an expunged or sealed case by a commercial screener violates the FCRA.  Unfortunately...
Employment
On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, U.S. District Judge John R. Padova approved the settlement in Stokes v. RealPage, Inc., Case No. 2:15-cv-03894-JP (E.D. Pa).  The primary claim in the lawsuit was that background screener RealPage violated the...
Housing
Mayor Jim Kenney announced the launch of the Philadelphia Eviction Prevention Project, a new set of services for tenants facing eviction.  This effort will reduce the number of evictions and provide more resources to tenants in danger of...
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we affirm our commitment to racial justice. At CLS, we strive to understand the many ways that historic injustice and present day racism intersect to deprive our clients of their basic rights. Racial...
Energy
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) opens today. LIHEAP grants can be used to help pay a home heating bill, to prevent a utility shut off, or to get service restored. LIHEAP also provides emergency home heater repair...
Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued federal regulations to protect borrowers from the harms of high-cost payday lending in states where they are legal, and Pennsylvania advocates warned that Pennsylvania’s...
Public Benefits
Update: October 19, 2017 Today, Governor Wolf vetoed House Bill 59, which would require Pennsylvania to request federal permission to impose work requirements for certain Medicaid recipients, and to cut needed health benefits. Kristen...
Public Benefits
A new bill to slash Pennsylvania's Medicaid funding is a growing threat in the U.S. Senate. The Graham-Cassidy plan would end Medicaid expansion. It would drastically cut funding for traditional Medicaid. Call your Senators today! Tell...
Public Benefits
Pennsylvania SNAP (food stamp) benefits are changing starting October 1, 2017, to reflect changes in food prices and the cost of living.  Some people’s benefits will go down a little, while others’ will go up.  Please click here for more...
Today, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia (CLS) released a report encouraging colleges, including many in the Philadelphia area, to end the practice of unnecessarily asking applicants to disclose information about juvenile and...