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Is It Okay to Communicate With Your Employees After Work Hours?

November 1st, 2022

Multiple lawsuits under state and federal wage and hour laws are shining a light on the issue of overtime pay for non-exempt employees who respond to e-mails, text messages, and voicemails after work hours. These lawsuits allege that employers required non-exempt employees to respond to such communications after hours but did not instruct them to record the time on their timesheets.

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Proposed Legislation Provides Greater Protection for Pregnant Employees

October 17th, 2022

Pregnant employees, especially those in low-paying, physically taxing jobs, are commonly forced to choose between their health or compensation. While current federal law does not support pregnant workers as effectively as it should, new proposed legislation may offer better protection.

What the Proposed Labor Rule on Independent Contractors Means for Employers

October 14th, 2022

While the Rule will most notably impact industries like delivery and transportation that rely on gig workers, it will likely affect most businesses somehow.

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Cannabis Laws and What They Mean For Pennsylvania Employers

October 3rd, 2022

Medical marijuana is allowed in Pennsylvania, and recreational use of cannabis is legal in nearby New Jersey. What does that mean for Pennsylvania employers?

Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Sparks Nationwide Employment Concerns

June 30th, 2022

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, changes in state laws will impact health care plans and other employment policies across the country.

Proposed Tipping Regulation is Approved, Will Also Redefine Who is A Tipped Employee

April 27th, 2022

On March 21, 2022, Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved Governor Wolf’s regulation.  The IRRC justified its approval, finding the new threshold necessary to reflect inflation over the past four decades.  The $30 tip threshold went into effect in 1977.

OSHA Issues Emergency Temporary Standards for Mandatory Employee COVID Vaccinations

November 4th, 2021

A federal judge in the Southern District of Texas recently upheld an employer’s requirement that its employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be terminated from employment.

Federal Judge Rules That Employer Can Require Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccinations

June 22nd, 2021

A federal judge in the Southern District of Texas recently upheld an employer’s requirement that its employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be terminated from employment.

Eastern District of Pennsylvania to Decide Whether DOMA Applies to Private Sector

October 19th, 2012

In a matter of first impression, a pending case before the Eastern District of Pennsylvania will determine the application of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) to a private profit-sharing plan governed by ERISA.

The NLRB “Friends” Employees: Why and How to Develop a Great Social Media Policy

June 29th, 2012

As business leaders, you know the value of your business’s reputation. One of the biggest threats to business growth is negative “word of mouth,” particularly when those words come from someone perceived to have inside knowledge, such as employees of the business.