Ivo Becica

Ivo Becica

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Third Circuit Issues Employer-Friendly Ruling in Discrimination and Retaliation Case

On August 12, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a precedential opinion in Jones v. SEPTA, a discrimination and retaliation claim brought by a former employee of the Philadelphia-area transit agency. The Third...more

8/21/2015 - Appeals Cat's Paw Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Fraud Gender Discrimination Hiring & Firing Internal Investigations Retaliation Termination Title VII

Major Overtime Rule Changes are Coming – Are you Prepared?

Since 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) has set the federal minimum wage and mandated overtime pay (time and a half) for employees who work over 40 hours during a 7-day period. The FLSA exempts employees from the...more

7/2/2015 - DOL Exempt-Employees FLSA Multi-Factor Test Non-Exempt Employees NPRM White-Collar Exemptions

Employment Retaliation Claims – Still Alive and Well (and Potentially Dangerous)

Federal law and most state laws protect employees who complain about discrimination and harassment from retaliatory adverse employment actions (such as demotion or termination). Because retaliation claims can succeed even...more

5/29/2015 - Burden-Shifting But For Causation Discrimination EEOC Harassment Hiring & Firing McDonnell Douglas Formula Nassar Retaliation UT Southwestern Medical v Nassar Wrongful Termination

Philadelphia’s Paid Sick Leave Ordinance is Effective on May 13th – Are you Prepared?

On February 12, 2015, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed a city ordinance requiring employers with 10 or more employees to provide 40 days of paid sick leave in a calendar year. ...more

5/11/2015 - Employer Mandates Local Ordinance Paid Leave Sick Leave

Anatomy of a (Big) Employment Verdict: Lessons from the Robertson Case

Last week, a federal jury in Pittsburgh awarded a former manufacturing employee, Sandra Robertson, over $13 million in damages in a gender discrimination and retaliation claim against her former employers, Hunter Panels LLC...more

4/27/2015 - Best Management Practices Corporate Counsel Employer Liability Issues Gender Discrimination Manufacturers Popular Retaliation Young Lawyers

More than Just a Fable – Why the “Cat’s Paw” Matters for Employers

The Fable - “The Monkey and the Cat” is a fable (dating back to the 17th century or perhaps earlier) about a monkey who persuades a cat to pull chestnuts from the embers of a fire, only to take the reward for himself...more

4/15/2015 - Cat's Paw Employer Liability Issues Managers Supervisors

Prepare, Don’t Panic – Seven Tips for Ebola Preparedness in the Workplace

While there have only been four confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, public concern about the potential spread of the virus has been growing rapidly. Most experts agree that the U.S. health system is well-equipped...more

11/4/2014 - Ebola Employee Rights FMLA Safety Precautions

Beyond Essential Functions: The Role of Job Reassignments in Accommodating Employee Disabilities

Imagine for a moment that you are the HR Manager for a company with many physically demanding jobs. One of your employees submits a doctor’s note prohibiting her from lifting anything over 25 pounds. Mindful of your...more

10/2/2014 - ADA Corporate Counsel Disability Employee Rights Essential Functions Reasonable Accommodation

New Jersey Court Upholds Use of Job Application to Shorten Statute of Limitations for Employment Claims

According to a recent decision from New Jersey’s intermediate appellate court, employers in New Jersey can now reduce the statute of limitations for employment claims by adding the appropriate language to their job...more

7/8/2014 - Discrimination Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Harassment Retaliation Statute of Limitations

What You Don’t Know Can’t Hurt You: The Lack of Knowledge Defense in Employment Retaliation Claims

When it comes to minimizing the risk of employment retaliation claims, can ignorance be bliss? In today’s competitive business environment, “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” may sound naïve. But in the employment...more

2/12/2014 - Affirmative Defenses EEO EEOC Employer Liability Issues Retaliation

New Year Compliance: New Laws for New Jersey & New York in 2014

Now that the New Year has arrived, employers in New Jersey and New York should be aware of several new state employment laws that will take effect in 2014. ...more

1/2/2014 - Gender Discrimination Hiring & Firing Minimum Wage Paid Leave Posting Requirements

Attention New Jersey Employers: Whistleblowers Are More Common Than You May Think

When you think about whistleblowers, you might think of Edward Snowden, who recently exposed the NSA’s surveillance program. While high profile cases often garner the most attention, whistleblowing statutes afford...more

11/18/2013 - Employer Liability Issues NSA Surveillance Whistleblowers

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