Patrick Harvey

Patrick Harvey

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Commonwealth Court Affirms, Expands Public Employers’ Ability to Control Manning, Pension Costs through Collective Bargaining,...

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania significantly strengthened public employers’ ability to address rising costs by holding that minimum shift manning requirements are a non-bargainable managerial prerogative. The court...more

8/19/2015 - Arbitration COLA Collective Bargaining Firemen Public Employees Public Employers Public Pension Unions

States Must License Same-Sex Marriages, U.S. Supreme Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that all states must license marriages between two people of the same sex on the same terms that apply to opposite-sex couples and must recognize same-sex marriages that are validly...more

6/29/2015 - Fourteenth Amendment Marriage Marriage Equality Obergefell v. Hodges Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS

U.S. Mayors’ Group Recommends Ways To Improve Police-Community Relations

A U.S. Conference of Mayors working group, composed of mayors and police chiefs, recently issued a report titled Strengthening Police-Community Relations in America’s Cities. The report made two recommendations designed to...more

2/2/2015 - Law Enforcement

Pa. Supreme Court: Non-Compete Restrictions Need Clarifying

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to review Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc., a case of interest to employers regarding what consideration is necessary to support employee non-compete agreements. The court...more

12/22/2014 - Consideration Employer Liability Issues Employment Contract Former Employee Non-Compete Agreements

Act 47: Pennsylvania Says Enough Is Enough. Or Is It?

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett today signed House Bill 1773 (HB 1773) into law, significantly overhauling the Municipalities Financial Recovery Act, known as Act 47. Enacted in the 1980s to provide assistance to...more

11/3/2014 - Government-Guaranteed Loans Grants Municipalities New Legislation Tax Revenues

DOL Proposes To Amend FMLA’s Definition of ‘Spouse’

A year after the Supreme Court struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed to amend its regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

6/24/2014 - DOL DOMA Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues FMLA Proposed Regulation Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor

Pa. Same-Sex Marriage Ban Overturned: What Now for Municipal Employers?

U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III recently nullified the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriages. Because Governor Tom Corbett announced that he will not appeal the decision in Whitewood v. Wolf, the...more

5/23/2014

NLRB Reissues ‘Ambush Election’ Rules

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued proposed rules and regulations which, if adopted, will dramatically change the process for representation case petitions and pre-election procedures. Referred to by critics...more

2/7/2014 - Ambush Election Rules NLRB Union Elections

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