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(Lancaster, Pa.) July 21, 2023

Brubaker Connaughton Goss & Lucarelli LLC (BCGL) is pleased to announce the election of Mark E. Lovett as chairman and Robert W. Pontz as vice-chair of the firm as of July 1, 2023.

Lovett is a founding member and partner of BCGL. As the senior member of the firm’s Litigation Department, he represents businesses and individuals in real estate, construction, contracts, business, fiduciary, and personal injury matters. Lovett also heads the firm’s Employment Group, representing businesses in all aspects of labor and employee issues.

Pontz, also a founding member and partner, serves in BCGL’s Financial Services Group. His practice emphasizes commercial collection, representation of creditor interests in state court and bankruptcy proceedings, and business counseling. Pontz is a frequent speaker at local and regional programs covering advanced collection topics and commercial bankruptcy.

“BCGL is fortunate to have Mark and Bob step into leadership roles,” firm partner Rory O. Connaughton said. “We are confident that they will always place the interests of our clients first and will inspire service and collegiality throughout the entire firm.”


On April 4, 2021, Governor Wolf amended his Order of November 23, 2020 establishing targeted mitigation requirements for businesses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Amended Mitigation Order eases many of the restrictions imposed prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. The amended restrictions include:

     -Teleworking is no longer required, but businesses are strongly encouraged to conduct their operations remotely, in whole or in part, through individual teleworking arrangements. Businesses that choose to conduct in-person operations must comply with the Amended Mitigation Order.     -Occupancy limits are increased to 75% for businesses in the following industries: retail entertainment; gyms and fitness facilities; and personal care services.     -Updated requirements have been issued for bars, restaurants and private catered events. -New occupancy limits are established for indoor and outdoor events and gatherings.      -Ongoing mitigation measures are required for business, including: enhanced cleaning, temperature checks, altered schedules, distancing, and contact tracing.     -Isolation and quarantine requirements have been updated for vaccinated individuals.



On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (“ARPA”), which extends several COVID relief measures and imposes new requirements on businesses. These measures include:

     -Premium assistance for COBRA eligible individuals from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.

     -Extension of FFCRA payroll tax credits, additional qualifying reason for FFCRA paid leave, and new leave period for Emergency Paid Sick Leave.

     -Extension of the Employee Retention Tax Credit.

     -Extension of enhanced unemployment compensation benefits.


You can download a detailed explanation of the Governor’s Amended Order and the new COVID relief measures provided under the American Rescue Plan Act by clicking here.