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Would You Like Fries . . . and an Unfair Labor Practice Charge with That?

Mainstream media, attorneys, and business owners are discussing the meaning and impact of a two paragraph press release issued on July 29 by the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). That...more

8/18/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Franchises Franchisors Joint Employers McDonalds NLRA NLRB Unfair Labor Practices

President Obama Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Federal Contractors from Discriminating Based on Sexual Orientation and Gender...

Frustrated with Congress's failure to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and consistent with his recent Executive Order to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for employees of federal contractors,...more

7/24/2014 - Barack Obama Discrimination Employer Liability Issues ENDA Executive Orders Federal Contractors Gender Identity Minimum Wage Protected Class Sexual Orientation Sexual Orientation Discrimination

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released updated enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination to help employers comply with both the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) and the Americans with...more

7/22/2014 - ADA EEOC Employee Rights Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination

Department of Labor Announces Proposed Rules to Raise the Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers; Federal Contractors Should...

In response to President Obama's Executive Order earlier this year, the Department of Labor has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish standards and procedures for raising the minimum wage paid to...more

6/23/2014 - DOL Executive Orders Federal Contractors Minimum Wage Wage and Hour Wages

Pennsylvania Supreme Court To Consider When a Public Sector-Related Entity May Subcontract Bargaining Unit Work to Private Sector...

In a case which will interest public and private sector employers alike, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District Council 87 v. Pa. Labor Relations Bd., the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is poised...more

6/11/2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Pennsylvania Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Earlier today, Harrisburg-based Federal District Court Judge John E. Jones, III, struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriage. In this landmark ruling, Jones concluded that "same-sex couples who seek to marry in...more

5/21/2014 - DOMA Due Process Employee Benefits Marriage Marriage Equality Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Employers Must Provide "Valuable Consideration" To Current Employees When Entering A Non-Compete Agreement During Employment

In a case of first impression for the appellate courts of this Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Superior Court recently ruled in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc. that language contained in an employment agreement...more

5/20/2014 - Consideration Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates Employment Contract Hiring & Firing Non-Compete Agreements Socko

Can Telecommuting Be A Reasonable Accommodation Under The ADA?

Last month, in EEOC v. Ford Motor Company, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan) held for the first time that employers may be required to permit employees to telecommute as a...more

5/8/2014 - ADA Disability EEOC Employee Rights Employer Mandates Ford Motor Reasonable Accommodation Telecommuting

Employment Alert

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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