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Zarwin Baum Offers Free, Regularly Updated COVID-19 Resource Center for Pennsylvania Businesses

Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. Law Firm Updates its Resource Center to Include Recent Information on PPP, PA Re-Opening

Zarwin Baum, which is officially ranked as a preeminent law firm in the United States, opened a COVID-19 resource center page in March 2020 to provide free advice and news on legal topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics covered over the last few months include relief for small business owners, lockdown-related news and deadlines, an analysis of how COVID-19 was affecting workplaces and guidance for employers struggling to understand new legislation passed by Congress to deal with the aftermath of the global pandemic and economic shutdown.

Zarwin Baum has added several important updates in the last few weeks, with the most recent one providing information on the Paycheck Protection Flexibility Act (PPFA). The notice is accompanied by a helpful, easy to use chart showing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) deadlines alongside new PPFA deadlines so business owners can keep tabs on when their loans are due. Zarwin Baum also notifies local business owners about important changes the PPFA makes to previous COVID-19-related legislation, including the removal of CARES Act-related restrictions that would have made it impossible for business owners to take advantage of payroll tax deferrals if their PPP loan was forgiven.

Zarwin Baum has been keeping a close eye on the construction and real estate agencies in Pennsylvania, providing regular updates on lockdown restrictions and requirements for companies in these fields. Zarwin Baum was pleased to announce that as of May 20, real estate professionals such as home inspectors, real estate agents, brokers, appraisers, notaries, and mortgage loan representatives were permitted to resume in-person activities. While these activities are subject to restrictions to ensure social distancing and prevent a second novel coronavirus wave, the news was surely welcomed by agents who were hampered by the inability to show houses and close deals in person.

The Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. Law Firm has a longstanding reputation for caring for the community. The firm’s lawyers and other staff members regularly engage in charitable activities to better the local community, contributing time and financial support to make the local area a better place. Local charities listed on the Zarwin Baum website include Women Against Abuse, The Second Chance Foundation, Philadelphia Bar Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, and American Cancer Society, making it clear that Zarwin Baum provides aid in an impartial manner to people from all walks of life. At the same time, it’s not just local charities that need assistance. As businesses struggle through a global health crisis, economic lockdowns, and ongoing restrictions on regular operations, Zarwin Baum offers professional help and advice from its resource center to provide clear legal information so local company owners can make wise, well-informed decisions.

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Zarwin Baum Gears up to Participate in the 2020 Philalympics

Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. Law Firm Continues Long Tradition of Assisting Ronald McDonald House in PA

PHILADELPHIA, PA / ACCESSWIRE / June 19, 2020 / Ronald McDonald has a long history of helping families of hospitalized children with housing, practical support, and other forms of assistance. The charity, which got its start in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1974, now operates in well over five dozen nations and regions, offering houses, family rooms, and Care Mobile services to people of all ages and walks of life. Zarwin Baum is proud to be a long-term donor and participant in Ronald McDonald’s programs and is gearing up to help sponsor Ronald McDonald’s Philalympics event this year.

What is the Philalympics?

The Philalympics is an event in which corporate teams sign up to compete in games and events such as trivia, jump rope, tricycle races, and other team cooperation activities. The winning team is crowned the “Phunnest” and all proceeds from the event are donated to Ronald McDonald families in the Philadelphia area. The 2020 Philalympics is tentatively scheduled for August 26, 2020. It’s a one-day event with all competitions and award ceremonies taking place in the afternoon.

There are several ways in which companies can sponsor the upcoming Philalympics event. Some companies opt to donate the money from the corporate budget; in other instances, company employees work together to raise funds for their participation in the event. Corporate sponsors can opt to become Gold Team Sponsors, Silver Team Sponsors, or Bronze Team Sponsors. Each package comes with its own benefits and perks as well as spectator tickets so family members and friends of employees taking part in the event can join in the fun. This year, the Ronald McDonald Philalympics is aiming to raise $50,000.

Zarwin Baum Philalympics Sponsorship

Zarwin Baum DeVito Kaplan Schaer Toddy P.C. Law Firm was one of the founders of the Philalympics event and has been an active participant since the event’s inception. Working together with other leading Philadelphia companies, the firm not only sponsors the event, but also encourages other local companies to join in the fun. In 2017, the event set a record by raising over $55,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia, which Zarwin Baum expects to break this year as the official page for the event has a goal of raising $50,000. As of June 10, no money has been raised although donations are certainly expected from long-term sponsors such as Zarwin Baum.

“The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House is an institution in our city,” said Zarwin Baum managing shareholder Mitchell S. Kaplan. “It is amazing to see local companies respond, give back, and work together as well as against each other in a little friendly competition during the Philalympics, to ensure the success of such an incredible cause.” Photos of the Zarwin Baum team geared up and ready to participate in the event make it clear that the sponsorship isn’t just about helping those in need, although that’s certainly an important part of it. Company participants enjoy their time together as they work with their colleagues to overcome a range of challenges. What is more, the event provides networking opportunities for local companies that come together to make their part of Pennsylvania a better place.

How are the Philalympic Funds Used?

All the money raised from the Philalympic annual competitions is donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region. The money is used for the charity’s programs in the city.

Zarwin Baum and Ronald McDonald

Participating in the annual Philalympics competition isn’t the only way in which Zarwin Baum helps Ronald McDonald reach its mission goals. The firm’s employees have also participated in Ronald McDonald’s “Guest Chef Night”, cooking dozens of meals for families and Ronald McDonald volunteers. The meals not only offer nourishment but also as an encouragement to stressed-out families caring for one or more sick children and busy volunteers who spend their days helping families of hospitalized children. Zarwin Baum also uses its August Denim Day to support Ronald McDonald houses throughout the city.

Zarwin Baum Calls for Help

Zarwin Baum puts a premium on community service and attorneys from the firm serve as board and/or committee members not just for Ronald McDonald, but also for other charities in the Greater Philadelphia area. The Ronald McDonald has a special place in Zarwin Baum’s heart as the firm’s attorneys continually look for ways to help Ronald McDonald with its important work of assisting Philadelphia families during difficult times.

Zarwin Baum is officially asking other local companies to join the action and participate not just in the upcoming Philalympics but also other programs and fundraising events that Ronald McDonald is organizing in 2020 to raise funds for its cause.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region receives 90% of the funding it needs from corporate sponsorships. Without the assistance of generous corporate sponsors in the local area, families with children in the hospital would have to struggle with grocery shopping, finding hotel accommodations, and making important medical decisions while trying to figure out how to pay hotel bills. That is why Zarwin Baum is not only committing to participate in the upcoming Philalympics challenge, but also encouraging other companies to do so as well. The event has had as many as twenty local teams, but there is room for plenty more as there are undoubtedly plenty of local businesses that have yet to discover all that the Philalympics has to offer. As Zarwin Baum attorneys and others spread the word, there is hope that the event will break records in terms of funds raised so that Ronald McDonald can continue the great work it does in the Philadelphia region.

Ted Schaer and Jay Leffler from Zarwin Baum Legal On Cyber Security

Ted Schaer and Jay Leffler, two lawyers from the dedicated and knowledgeable Zarwin Baum legal team with over sixty years experience between the two of them, share their thoughts on cybersecurity.


Zarwin Baum’s Cyber Liability Practice has a proactive approach and focuses on the growing risks and rapidly evolving liability exposures associated with the security and storage of information. Due to its knowledgeable lawyers and representatives on the topic of Cyber

Security and Data Privacy, Zarwin Baum has developed an excellent reputation among the region’s business, political, and legal communities. Cyber liability and Data protection are critically important in this modern era, as data breaches can affect anyone from the largest company to the individual. Cybersecurity is continually evolving to keep up with the adaptation of security risks and advanced persistent threats (APTs). Having strong cybersecurity policies, such as the right security technology or network protection, to the proper training for employees, can prevent essential or critical data from falling into malicious hands.

Jay Leffler graduated from Rutgers University Law School in 1988, completing his undergraduate work at Temple University. He then graduated cum laude with a degree in Political Science. Jay Leffler began his career as a law clerk for the honorable Paul Ribner in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Theodore (Ted) M. Schaer graduated from American University in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree in Government and Public Administration. After working in Washington DC Capitol Hill, he returned to Philadelphia and attended Temple University School of Law, where he graduated in 1987. Ted Schaer serves as Chairman of the Firms Insurance Defense Department. Ted Schaer is hired by some of the nation’s largest insurers, third party administrators, motor carriers, and businesses to defend lawsuits. Theodore M. Schaer is board certified in privacy and US Data Protection, and Schaer serves as National and Regional Counsel to several national accounts.

Cybersecurity is the prevention of unauthorized access to your information. Cybersecurity policies can prevent essential or critical data from falling into malicious hands. Cybersecurity varies from the right security technology or network protection to the proper training for employees.

Ted Schaer from Zarwin Baum calls your personal information the “crown jewel.” The crown jewel that criminals wish to access with cyber attacks. From your bank account to your health insurance information, this information is highly valuable. Ted Schaer goes on to say that, on average, each record lost costs a consumer or business around two hundred dollars. So the price of a data breach or an invasion of your cybersecurity can be immense. While it can be easy to place the blame on malicious attacks, Theodore M Schaer goes on to say that “thirty-five percent of data breaches come from human negligence.” He says that one of the most significant precautions a company can take for their data security is to make sure employees are appropriately trained and always to be safe.

Jay Leffler from Zarwin Baum goes on to say that data privacy and cybersecurity are all part of professional liability. Jay Leffler mentions that a proper precaution for a business, large or small, is the appropriate insurance towards data breach protection. There are two significant forms of insurance regarding cybersecurity: technology errors and omissions and cyber liability insurance. Cyber liability insurance is for protection against data breaches at your own company. At the same time, technology errors and omissions insurance is to protect your company in the event of a client being harmed. Jay Leffler says that it is essential to know which type of insurance you must require and to compare the two types of coverage.