Mark Phillis

Mark Phillis


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Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Ordinance: Notices Published and January Effective Date Set

When the City of Pittsburgh enacted the Paid Sick Days Ordinance in August 2015, it delayed the effective date until the City Controller’s Office posted regulations and notice information for employers.  The Controller’s...more

10/16/2015 - Compliance Employee Benefits PTO Sick Leave Wage and Hour

Pittsburgh City Council Approves Amended Paid Sick Leave Bill

On August 3, 2015, less than one month after the introduction of the original bill, the Pittsburgh City Council passed an amended bill requiring virtually all employers within the city to provide paid sick leave. Pittsburgh...more

8/6/2015 - Employee Benefits PTO Recordkeeping Requirements Sick Leave Wage and Hour

When it Comes to an FMLA Notice — the Post Office May Not Deliver For You in the Third Circuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently ruled that an employer may not rely on “the Mailbox Rule” to prove that the employer provided an employee with notice of his or her rights under the Family and Medical...more

8/15/2014 - Employee Rights FMLA Mailbox Rule Notice Requirements

The Supreme Court Clarifies Who Is a Supervisor Under Title VII

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court decided what the definition of a "supervisor" is for purposes of assessing liability for unlawful harassment under Title VII. The Court ruled that an employer will be vicariously...more

6/27/2013 - Discrimination Hiring & Firing Hostile Environment Race Discrimination SCOTUS Supervisors Title VII Vance v. Ball State University Vicarious Liability

DOL Releases New Regulations Expanding Leave Entitlement for Military Caregivers and Flight Crew Members

On February 6, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published new regulations that implement the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) amendments made by the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2010 (FY 2010...more

2/11/2013 - Airline Employees DOL Flight Crews FMLA Military Caregiver Leave Military Service Members NDAA Qualifying Exigency Leave Veterans Wage and Hour

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