Monday, October 16, 2017

Is President Trump a Malignant Narcissist?

Rolling Stone's Matt Taiibi Makes Compelling Case that Donald Trump Mentally Ill
Please Don't Reject Out of hand Until Reading

The always stellar Matthew C. ("Matt") Taiibi, who is in my view as important a journalist existing today in America, has done it again in his incredibly thought-provoking, and disturbing, "The Madness of Donald Trump," featured in issue 1297 of Rolling Stone, which hit newsstands on October 5, 2017.

Matt Taiibi - America Owes it to Itself to Read Him Regularly
This article is not for those who find reading words on paper for more than 5 minute tedious, unnecessary and/or unduly burdensome, or for those unwilling to consider some very disturbing facts about our president, most culled from his own lips.  Those folks are welcome to their habits and beliefs (as Taiibi himself acknowledges).

If, however, you are interested in exploring the mental state of our president from afar, through analysis of his own words and deeds -- and through the prism of psychological doctrine -- then please find 15-minutes, a beverage of your choice and a place of solitude.

It would be impossible for your humble messenger to dissect, explain, rationalize, advance or condemn Mr. Taiibi's brilliant tableau vivant  - I have neither the training, knowledge nor words.  What is simple, however, is to lay out some of the passages I find most compelling:

Suffering a Significant Mental Disorder?

Evening, August 22nd, 2017, a convention center in Phoenix. It's Donald Trump's true coming-out party as an insane person. 

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Moreover, after shrugging off a thousand other scandals, Trump seems paralyzed by the Nazi thing. He can't let it go. Say one nice thing about Nazis, and it's like people can't get over it. Unfair!

He plunges into a 77-minute rant on this subject, listing each offending news outlet by name. In a nicely Freudian twist, he starts with The New York Times, which incidentally is the same paper that nearly a century ago identified "Fred Trump of 175-24 Devonshire Road" – the president's late father – as a detainee from a 1927 Ku Klux Klan rally in Queens.

That old family shame might be why the president, who's always denied Fred Trump was a Klansman ("Never happened"), is having such a hard time with Charlottesville and race. He rails against the "Times, which is, like, so bad," moves on to the "Washington Post, which I call a lobbying tool for Amazon" and winds up with "CNN, which is so bad and pathetic, and their ratings are going down." 

 CNN's ratings aren't down. The network's second-quarter prime-time viewers just cracked a 1 million average, its most-watched second quarter ever, largely due to the blimp wreck of the Trump presidency. It's the one incontrovertible achievement of this administration. 

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The audience seems into it for a while. But it goes on too long. During the campaign, Trump was expert at keeping a hall buzzed with resentment for an hour or so. But he hits weird notes now. He goes off on a tangent about his enemies, it's not clear which ones. "They're elite?" he says. "I went to better schools than they did. I was a better student than they were. I live in a bigger, more beautiful apartment, and I live in the White House, too, which is really great."

 "You know what?" he goes on. "I think we're the elites. They're not the elites."

No one is counting fingers, but you can tell people are having trouble making the math work. We're elite because you have a nice apartment? Campaign Trump bragged endlessly about his wealth – "I have a Gucci store that's worth more than Romney" was a classic line – but back then he was selling a vicarious fantasy. Trump's Ferrari-underpants lifestyle was the silent-majority vision of how they would all live once the winning started. But candidate Trump was never dumb enough to try to tell debt-ridden, angry crowds they were already living the dream.

At one point, Trump ends up standing with a piece of paper in hand, haranguing all with transcripts of his own remarks on Charlottesville. To prove that he's been misquoted or misunderstood, he goes through the whole story, from the beginning. It gets quiet in the hall.

It's an agonizing parody of late-stage Lenny Bruce. The great Sixties comedian's act degenerated into tendentious soliloquies about his legal situation (he had been charged with obscenity). Bruce too stood onstage in his last years for interminable periods, court papers in hand, quoting himself to audiences bored to insanity by the spectacle. 

This is exactly Trump. Even his followers are starting to look sideways at one another. In a sight rarely seen last year, a trickle of supporters heads for the exits. Then Trump cracks.

"The only people giving a platform to these hate groups is the media itself, and the fake news," he says, to tepid applause.

He stops and points in accusing fashion at the press riser.

"Oh, that's so funny," he says. "Look back there, the live red lights. They're turning those suckers off fast out there. They're turning those lights off fast."

We reporters had seen this act before. On October 10th of last year, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, at one of the most massive rallies of the campaign, Trump accused CNN of shutting down the feed because he was criticizing their debate coverage. In that case, a camera light really did flicker, but CNN was actually turning the live feed on, not off. That was possibly an honest mistake. Possibly also it was Trump just pulling the media's tail, tweaking us with a line of bull, as he had with countless other provocations. The general consensus of attendant journalists that night was that Trump was messing with us.

Phoenix is different.Trump seems to believe what he's saying. He really thinks that not just CNN, but all of the networks are shutting down their feeds, overwhelmed by the power of his words. "Boy, those cameras are going off," he says, coming back to the subject. "Oh, wow. Why don't you just fold them up and take them home? Oh, those cameras are going off. Wow. That's the one thing, they're very nervous to have me on live television..."

The president of the United States is seeing things. He might as well be shooing imaginary ants off his suit. His followers still love him, but even they're starting to notice. They come for the old standards, but this new Trump material gets mixed reviews.

Outside, a fan gives the speech a half-hearted thumbs up. "I liked 'Lock her up,'" the man says with a shrug. "They did that for a little while." 

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People pay the most attention to Trump's political deceptions: that 3 million "illegal" voters lost him the popular vote, that Hillary Clinton wants to "release the violent criminals from jail," that Ted Cruz's father was linked to the JFK assassination, and so on. "We are the highest-taxed nation in the world" was a notable recent whopper.

But those lies may be strategic, and Trump probably isn't married to them anyway, given that he doesn't appear to have real beliefs. Trump picks his political positions like ties: whatever's on the rack. Under duress, and with no way to escape, he will sometimes cop to being full of it, like the time he finally admitted, "Obama was born in the United States," after five years of bleating the opposite.

But sit him in front of a doctor and see what happens when you ask: Who had the larger inaugural crowd, him or Obama? Or: Would he ever admit the Boy Scouts never called to tell him his speech was the "greatest ever"? Trump might struggle here. It's the countless little fairy tales he tells himself about his power and infallibility to which he clings like a dope fiend to a $10 bill.

Everyone with half a brain and a recent copy of the DSM (the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used by shrinks everywhere) knew the diagnosis on Trump the instant he joined the race. Trump fits the clinical definition of a narcissistic personality so completely that it will be a shock if future psychiatrists don't rename the disorder after him. 

Grandiosity, a tendency to exaggerate achievements, a preoccupation with "fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty or ideal love," a belief in one's specialness (which can only be understood by other special people), a need for excessive admiration and a sense of entitlement – sound like anyone you know?

Trump's rapidly expanding list of things at which he's either a supreme expert or the Earth's best living practitioner would shame even great historical blowhards like Stalin or Mobutu Sese Seko.

As the "world's greatest person" at restricting immigration, who is "good at war" and "knows more about ISIS than the generals," and who is the "least racist person" with "the best temperament" who knows "more about renewables than any human being on Earth," insists "nobody reads the Bible more than me," and even knows more about New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker "than [Booker] knows himself," Trump by his own description is not a splenetic rightwing basket case at all, but just a cleverly disguised cross of God, Norman Schwarzkopf, Coretta Scott King, Gloria Steinem, Pope Francis and, apparently, Cory Booker's mother, Carolyn. 

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Trump wasn't always crazy. He wasn't even always obnoxious. Many Americans don't remember, but the Donald Trump who appeared on TV regularly in the Eighties and Nineties was often engaging, self-deprecating, spoke in complete sentences and (verbally, anyway) usually lived up to his expensive schooling. He'd say things like, "These are the only casinos in the United States that are so rated," and use words and phrases like "a somewhat impersonal life" and "money isn't a totally essential ingredient."

The difference today is striking. Trump has not only completely lost his sense of humor, particularly about himself, but he's a lingual mess. In his current dread of polysyllables – his favorite words include "I," "Trump," "very," "money" and "China" – he makes George W. Bush sound like Vladimir Nabokov. On the page, transcripts of his speaking appearances often look like complete gibberish.

"When I did this now I said, I probably, maybe will confuse people, maybe I'll expand that," he said to Lester Holt in May, "you know, I'll lengthen the time because it should be over with, in my opinion."

The difference even since last year is hard to miss, and why not? The presidency severely ages and stresses even healthy people. From Obama to Bush to Jimmy Carter, presidents on their last day of office often look like med-school cadavers. President Trump already looks older, has a lower frustration threshold and seems only to have two moods, rage and sullen resignation (a.k.a. pre-rage).

He also can barely speak anymore, but without a close-up examination it's impossible to say if this is a neurological problem or just being typically American. As the psychologist Michaelis puts it, one major cause for loss of cognitive function is giving up reading in favor of TV or the Internet, which is basically most people in this country these days. 

The above-excerpts are not an effort to do the article justice. Only reading the article, which examines psychiatric indicators of malignant narcissism and concludes that in many ways President Trump is no different than many Americans - we are as a Nation ill -- can allow one to form sound opinions on the issues at hand with our president.  The problem is that he is the POTUS and thus capable of great harm.  Read it if you will and - if you will - I am sure you will see fit to pass it along - because we owe it to ourselves to do so.

We Chuckled Once - Now We Cringe
This is not about politics, or liking Donald Trump (I once did a great deal).

No.

This is about asking our Senators and congress people to do the right thing - if and when the time comes.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Should I Sign a Severance or Separation Agreement Requiring Me to Consent to a Non-Competition Restriction?

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There are some crucial decisions to be made when your former employer offers you a Separation Agreement which includes an offer of severance but requires you to agree to confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation provisions, not to mention a Release of all claims you may have against the company.


Can Be Tricky
NOTE: If the company has a written policy stating that you are entitled to severance in case of termination without cause, but does not specify the you must agree to restrictive covenants such as a non-solicitation or non-competition clauses, then you want to contact counsel immediately. Why be forced to agree to something that you should not be forced to agree to in exchange for something that you are entitled to no matter what?

Can Greatly Limit Your Vocational Mobility

Does it Make a Difference if I Have Already Signed Non-Compete Agreement?

It certainly does. Courts look much differently at non-compete contracts signed by an employee when he\he starts a job, versus one signed by the employee in exchange for compensation in the form of severance upon departure from employment. That is to say, courts are less likely on balance to fully enforce a non-compete signed by an employee at the commencement of employment, which they often consider something like contracts of adhesion (i.e. one in which you had no choice), versus a non-compete signed by an employee in exchange for compensation at the end of employment, which they view as a far more voluntary act by the employee.

Consequently, when you receive an offer of severance in a separation agreement that includes restrictive covenants such as a non-competition clause, it is imperative that you first determine whether you previously signed a document that contained such a provision. If you have not previously signed such a contract, you will be free from limitations on your ability to obtain new employment unless you sign the separation agreement.

One clue to look for is this: if you will not previously signed an employment -related document that includes restrictive covenants such as those relating to confidentiality, non-competition and non-solicitation, the severance agreement will contain full and complete restrictive covenants. If, on the other hand, you have already signed a document containing such restrictive covenants (when you took the job, for example), the separation agreement may merely ask you to affirm that you continue to be willing to abide by the terms of the existing restrictive provisions.

NOTE: In some cases, a non-compete agreement that you previously acquiesced to may not be enforceable unless you sign a severance agreement affirming your willingness to comply with the terms thereof.


Employee Subject to RIF "Worthless"

Under Pennsylvania Law, if an Employee has been Separated due to Reduction in Force, Layoff or Alleged Poor Performance, a Previously Agreed Upon Non-compete Contract May be Void

In Pennsylvania, an employee that has been let go through no fault if his/her own may been deemed a “worthless employee” so that some or all of a previously executed non-competition agreement is considered void.

However, if an employee that is been subjected to a layoff, etc., signs a separation agreement wherein the employee agrees to abide by the terms of the previously agreed upon restrictive covenants, then the employee has waived any arguments that the original contract is void pursuant to the worthless employee doctrine. Simply stated, courts view a separation agreement as being a brand-new contract and the payment of severance in exchange for the employee’s promise to abide by the restrictive covenants in question will be deemed to overcome the worthless employee argument.

That's Consideration!



Under Pennsylvania Law, a Non-Compete Agreement Signed After the Employee Commences Employment is Non-Binding Unless the Employer Provides “Additional Consideration” to the Employee

In addition to the worthless employee doctrine, there is another principle under Pennsylvania law to bear in mind.

While a non-compete covenant signed at the outset of employment is always considered to be supported by adequate consideration (i.e. value given in exchange for the employee’s promise to comply with the restrictive covenant), one signed weeks, months or even years after the commencement of employment may not be enforceable unless the employee was at the time that the non-compete was executed provided with “additional consideration.”

In this context, “additional consideration” may take many forms, such as a promotion, payment of money in the form of a bonus or raise, entitlement to participate in an employee benefit plan, the granting of stock options, etc.


I Have Never Signed Non-Compete Contract with My Employer and Now I Have Been Let Go -- Should I Agree to a Non-Compete in Exchange for a Severance Payment?

In this scenario, one must determine whether the value of offered severance payment outweighs the restrictions of the non-compete clause. If you been offered 6-months of severance in exchange for a 6-month non-compete, the answer may be easy. But suppose you are offered 2-months of severance and in exchange for a 2-year non-compete, a much more common scenario? Bear in mind the deterrent effect of a non-compete when seeking new employment may be substantial. It is no secret that prospective employers are quite gun-shy when confronted with the decision to hire an applicant bound by a non-compete limitation. 

Absence Does Not Make Client's Heart Grow Fonder

Up to this point, this Post has generically referred to “non-compete agreements.” This is the short-hand terminology for such contracts but, as noted above, many employment agreements also contain confidentiality and non-solicitation restrictions as well.

Non-solicitation clause found in such agreements typically prohibit employees from accepting business from any customer or client of their former employer for a year or two following the employee’s departure. For employees in “customer facing positions,” such as recruiters, salespersons and account managers, such a non-solicitation covenant can have devastating consequences. After all, even soldiers who go off to war have been known to lose their girlfriend/boyfriend after a year or two…

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John typically represents workers who need an employment lawyer in Philadelphia County, Chester County, Delaware County, Bucks County, Berks County, Lancaster County and Montgomery County.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

What Do I Do If I am Unable to File My Bi-Weekly Unemployment Claim in Pennsylvania?

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What Happens if I am Unable to File my Claim During the Unemployment Appeal Process in Pennsylvania?

Here is an e-Mail I received from a client today:

John,

I just got through to the UC Services Center.  They had to "reset" their system in order for me to file claims for the past weeks that were never paid.

A piece of advice here for the future.  Please share this with your clients that are going through a UC Appeal process.  What I learned today is that - EVEN THOUGH THE WEBSITE WILL NOT LET YOU FILE A CLAIM DURING THE APPEALS PROCESS - YOU STILL HAVE TO FILE!  THE ONLY WAY TO FILE IS TO CALL THE UC SERVICES CENTER.  I was told that I should have known this by reading the UC handbook.  

So, they reset the system, and I just filed for 6 weeks electronically.  Now there is a catch here.  For the weeks that I was untimely in filing for, a "decision" will be made as to whether or not I get paid.  Messed up to say the least.

At any rate, thanks for your response, John.  Talk to you soon.  


Regards,

Client

In Pennsylvania, Claimants Must Continue to File Bi-Weekly Benefit Claims After You Have Appealed a Notice of Determination and/or While Awaiting a Referee Decision Following an Unemployment Hearing

This client had recently won an Unemployment Referee Hearing, but was not able to file his bi-weekly claims either after he appealed from a Notice of Determination denying benefits or after he had won his Referee Hearing.

I have received many such calls, so I expect many Pennsylvania workers are experiencing similar problems.  Hope this helps.

Here are phone numbers for the various Pennsylvania Unemployment Service Centers:

UC Services Phone Numbers
UC Service Center Statewide
Toll-Free Number
888-313-7284
TTY Services for Deaf and
Hard-of-Hearing Toll-Free
888-334-4046
Videophone Service for ASL Users-
Wednesdays, noon-4 p.m.
*Sign language is the ONLY means of communication provided at this number.
717-704-8474
UC Service Center Fax Numbers
Altoona814-941-6801
Scranton570-562-4385
Erie814-871-4863
Indiana724-599-1068
Duquesne412-267-1475
Harrisburg717-214-5463
UC service center hours of operation are 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday with Monday being a heavy call day. 



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John A. Gallagher is an experienced unemployment lawyer located 15 miles west of Philadelphia who represents claimants at Unemployment Referee Hearings held in Bristol, Springfield, Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Malvern, Lancaster and Reading.  

If you have received a Notice of Hearing, Mr. Gallagher will provide a FREE telephone evaluation of your unemployment claim. If he believes there is a reasonable chance for you to win with his assistance, he will then provide a reasonable flat fee to represent you at the Hearing.  John has handled hundreds of Pennsylvania Unemployment Referee Hearings involving:

·       willful misconduct

·       voluntary quit


·       self-employment

·       sideline business

·       overpayments

If you have filed for Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation and believe you need legal help with an issue relating to your application, questionnaire, Referee Hearing or appeal, call or e-Mail John (please include your phone number) and Mr. Gallagher will spend a few minutes reviewing the situation with you and, if he believes he can help, he will explain why and how, and will quote you a reasonable flat fee.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

IS A RECOVERY IN AN FMLA CASE SUBJECT TO WITHHOLDING TAXES OR IS IT 1099 INCOME?

DISCLAIMER:  I am NOT a licensed tax attorney; I have never received any formal training relating to the Internal Revenue Code or any topic raised herein.  This Post is based solely upon my interpretation of the cases and statutes discussed herein.  You should NOT rely upon this Blog Post in any way, and should instead retain a licensed tax professional if you require guidance as to any issue discussed below.


Consult a Knowledgeable Tax Advisor
WHAT ARE THE TAX CONSEQUENCES ASSOCIATED WITH A SETTLEMENT OF OR A JUDGMENT IN A FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT ("FMLA") CASE?

In the ordinary course, an employee suing his/her former employer relating to the end of employment due to discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, etc. is suing primarily for loss of earnings and benefits. Consequently, any recovery made by way of settlement or judgment in such cases is subject to normal withholding and taxes (i.e. is w-2 income). This is in contrast to, say, personal injury cases, where the recovery is often primarily for pain and suffering and is exempt from taxation (i.e. 1099 income).


The Code Has Spoken
NOTE:  In some employment-claim settlement situations, the employee will be paid some or all of the proceeds via a 1099, but remains responsible for paying taxes on the same the following tax year. 


In contrast to other employment-related claims, recoveries made on claims relating to violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) may not be taxable income, at least in cases decided in the Federal District Court sitting in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

PENNSYLVANIA FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT SITTING IN PENNSYLVANIA DETERMINES THAT FMLA RECOVERIES ARE NOT TAXABLE AS W-2 INCOME 

Click Here to read how FMLA Leave and short-term disability benefits fit together.

In a July 2016 decision issued by a judge sitting in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Gunter v. Cambridge-Lee Industries, LLC, there was a settlement and the plaintiff maintained that the settlement proceeds were not wages and therefore should not be subject to withholding or reported as w-2 income, but rather, should be reported to IRS as 1099 income not subject to withholding. The defendant maintained that the settlement proceeds were tantamount to w-2 income.


Treated Differently Than Other Employment-Related Statutes
The district court observed that the Third Circuit, the patron court of the district courts located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and the Virgin Islands, and yet to rule on the issue. The court then engaged in a thorough analysis of prior decisions in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, as well as to certain IRS Revenue Rulings. After an exhaustive analysis, the court determined that the language found within the FMLA was unique to all other discussed employment – related statutes, and therefore held that there were no that no withholding was required for the proceeds of the settlement.

Although the decision by the court in Gunter is not binding upon the IRS, nor is it controlling precedent in the Third Circuit, it is highly persuasive.

From what I have been able to determine, the Third Circuit has yet to return to decide the issues the issue in question since Gunter was published, nor has any court that I was able to find come to a different decision. Of course, you should not rely upon this post, but rather to conduct all of your own research.

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