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NLRB’s Joint Employer Ruling Threatens to Reorder Employment Relations in the Health Care Industry

More than many other industries, the American health care system has a highly fragmented set of interlocking business relationships. Services are provided in an integrated network by a host of service providers who operate...more

Life After Browning-Ferris: What Employers Need to Know Under the New Joint Employer Regime

Many employers have rested long and easy in the knowledge that the National Labor Relations Board would not consider them to be joint employers with entities such as franchisees, staffing agencies, and contractors unless they...more

NLRB General Counsel Offers Glimpse Into the Board’s Approach to Employee Handbooks

In a move that should remind all employers (whether unionized or non-unionized) to regularly review their employee handbooks, Richard F. Griffin, the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (Board or NLRB),...more

3/27/2015  /  Employee Handbooks , New Guidance , NLRA , NLRB

Mandatory Sick Leave Becomes the Law in Philadelphia

By late-Spring, employers within the city of Philadelphia will be required to offer sick leave to employees. On February 12, 2015, Philadelphia City Council passed Bill No. 141026 (as amended), and Mayor Michael Nutter signed...more

2/13/2015  /  Paid Sick Leave Act , Sick Leave

2014/2015 Labor and Employment Observer

In This Issue: - Message from the Chair - On the Horizon: Is Obama Remaking the Workplace While Leaving Congress Behind? - The 2014 Supreme Court Decisions Every Employer Should Know - What to Expect from the...more

Supreme Court Cans Three Obama Recess Appointments to the National Labor Relations Board

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday released its much-anticipated opinion in National Labor Relations Board v. Noel Canning, holding that President Obama exceeded his authority in appointing Sharon Block, Richard Griffin, and...more

Supreme Court Holds That Items of Protective Clothing Are ‘Clothes’ for Purposes of the FLSA, and Questions the Viability of the...

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday released its much-anticipated decision in the case of Sandifer v. United States Steel Corporation, and held that Section 203(o) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) — which allows parties to...more

Labor And Employment Observer - 2013/2014

In This Issue: Message from the Chair; Social Media and the Workplace: 2013 and Beyond; Unpaid Internships: Training Ground or Legal Landmine?; Supreme Court’s Nassar Decision Sets Higher Causation Standard for a...more

High Profile Decision Deals Blow to Unpaid Internship Programs

Many companies with unpaid internship programs have been closely watching a case filed by unpaid interns who worked on the film Black Swan, and this week, the outlook turned grim. The U.S. District Court for the Southern...more

6/17/2013  /  DOL , FLSA , Internships , Training , Unpaid Interns , Wages

Early Retirees May Receive Unemployment Compensation, Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules

For more than 20 years, Pennsylvania retirees who accepted an early retirement incentive plan have been denied unemployment compensation benefits under the Unemployment Compensation Law (UC law). The Supreme Court of...more

Labor and Employment Observer 2012/2013

In This Issue: - Message from the Chair - A Second Obama Administration’s Impact on Labor and Employment Issues - Will There be Comprehensive Immigration Legislation After the 2012 Presidential...more

NLRB Issues Decision Protecting Union Coffers

Historically, employers have been free to discontinue union dues check-off arrangements upon the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) changed that long-standing rule on...more

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