The Federal Trade Commission has proposed a rule that would ban the use of noncompete clauses. The Employment Law Practice Group at KingSpry is keeping abreast of these changes. What are noncompete agreements? More than 30 million workers—at least 18 percent of the U.S. workforce—are required to sign noncompetes as a condition to accepting a job. A noncompete agreement is a contractual clause that … [Read more...] about How Could the Proposed Noncompete Ban Impact You?
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. In 1978, in an effort to mitigate discriminatory practices aimed at pregnant women, Congress enacted the … [Read more...] about Proposed Legislation Provides Greater Protection for Pregnant Employees
On October 11, 2022, the U.S. Department of Labor proposed a Rule that would make it harder for companies to classify workers as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). While the Rule will most notably impact industries like delivery and transportation that rely on gig workers, it will likely affect most businesses somehow. One recent survey found that more than a third … [Read more...] about What the Proposed Labor Rule on Independent Contractors Means for Employers
Medical marijuana is allowed in Pennsylvania, and recreational use of cannabis is legal in nearby New Jersey. However, the federal government still defines cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance with "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse." What does that mean for Pennsylvania employers? The rules can be confusing, especially since more of your current and prospective … [Read more...] about Cannabis Laws and What They Mean For Pennsylvania Employers
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. On June 24, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Mississippi’s restrictions on abortion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, effectively overturning Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. … [Read more...] about Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Sparks Nationwide Employment Concerns
Last fall, Governor Tom Wolf’s administration proposed a regulation that would require tipped employees to earn at least $135 a month in tips before their employer is permitted to pay the $2.83 per hour tipped rate, rather than state’s minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. At present, Pennsylvania employers can pay tipped employees less than the state minimum wage if they make at least $30 a month in … [Read more...] about Proposed Tipping Regulation is Approved, Will Also Redefine Who is A Tipped Employee