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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.

HR Law Update: Developing Case Law Regarding Employees’ Rights During COVID-19

August 26th, 2020

On August 3, 2020, a notable decision was entered in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  While this decision doesn’t necessarily apply to Pennsylvania employers, it is noteworthy because it does give us some idea of how the implementation of FFCRA will unfold.

HR Law Update: Three FAQ’s for Managing Temperature Screenings in the COVID-19 Era

May 8th, 2020

As employers plan to reenter the workplace, the value of protective options must be weighed against the cost of disruption. One protective option is temperature screening.

HR Law Update: How To Recall Employees In a Time of Unemployment Premium Pay

April 22nd, 2020

Without good cause, employees cannot receive unemployment compensation for any week that they refused an offer of work, provided that the employer notifies the Pennsylvania Department of Labor within seven days of the refusal. Here are three tips for effective and legally defensible recall protocols…