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In This Issue: EEOC's Latest Target - Severance Agreements; Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation Law May Require Employers to Provide Response to Unemployment Information Requests; and Supreme Court Clarifies that...more

4/7/2014 - EEOC Employer Liability Issues FICA Taxes SCOTUS Severance Agreements Severance Pay

Changes to Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation Law May Require Employers to Provide Response to Unemployment Information...

Some changes in Pennsylvania's Unemployment Compensation Law (the "UC Law") have sparked debate as to how the changes may impact employers....more

4/7/2014 - Request For Information Unemployment Unemployment Benefits

Federal Judge Dismisses EEOC Complaint Claiming "No Dreadlocks" Policy Discriminates Based On Race

Previously we told you that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was suing an Alabama insurance company for allegedly discriminating against African American job applicants because the company's grooming...more

4/4/2014 - Appearance Policy Discrimination EEOC Racial Discrimination

NLRB Rules That College Football Team Can Seek To Form A Union

As Americans across the country anxiously stare at their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Basketball brackets, the Northwestern University Wildcats are dominating the headlines in both the...more

3/28/2014 - College Athletes NLRB Unions

New Regulations Governing Affirmative Action Requirements For Individuals With Disabilities And Protected Veterans Went Into...

Beginning yesterday, March 24, 2014, federal contractors and subcontractors have a number of new responsibilities. Contractors already have the existing obligation to collect demographic data regarding race and gender and...more

3/25/2014 - Affirmative Action Disability Hiring & Firing OFCCP Veterans Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act

New Whistleblower Protections Now In Effect For Federal Contractors

By now, most federal contractors are aware of the new regulations that go into effect on March 24 requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain protected...more

2/3/2014 - Dodd-Frank Federal Contractors Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

President Obama Announces Raise In Minimum Wage For Employees Of Federal Contractors

In the State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama announced that he planned to sign an Executive Order requiring that employees of federal contractors be paid at least a minimum wage of $10.10 per hour. This...more

1/30/2014 - Employee Rights Executive Orders Federal Contractors Minimum Wage Subcontractors

Supreme Court Rules That "Donning And Doffing" Protective Gear Subject To Collective Bargaining; Leaves Door Open For Future...

On Monday, January 27, 2014, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a group of unionized steel workers at U.S. Steel Corporation did not need to be compensated for the time they spent "donning and doffing"...more

1/29/2014 - Collective Bargaining FLSA Protective Gear SCOTUS Unions Wage and Hour

Serving Alcohol At Your Holiday Party

We here at the McNees Wallace & Nurick Labor and Employment Law Group have been busy preparing for the holiday season. While holiday parties can be great fun, hosting a holiday party or placing holiday decorations in...more

12/13/2013 - Commercial General Liability Policies Discrimination Dram Shop Laws Drunk Driving Employee Handbooks Harassment Hiring & Firing Holiday Parties Homeowner's Insurance Intoxication Liability Insurance Minors Public Drunkeness Religious Discrimination Sexual Harassment Wine & Alcohol

Calling Your Boss A Clown: No Laughing Matter

A Pennsylvania man lost his job in September 2012 and is now without unemployment compensation. Why? He called his boss a "clown."...more

10/30/2013 - Termination Unemployment Benefits Willful Misconduct

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