Shannon Farmer

Shannon Farmer

Ballard Spahr LLP

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Delivers Clear Message to Employers Regarding Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements

In a case of first impression, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently held that an employee may challenge an employment agreement containing a restrictive covenant for lack of consideration, even though the agreement...more

11/24/2015 - Corporate Counsel Hiring & Firing PA Supreme Court Pre-Employment Agreements Restrictive Covenants Socko

Proposed White Collar Overtime Rules Released

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released its long-awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to alter the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA) regulations on Tuesday, June 30. A copy of the NPRM is...more

7/2/2015 - DOL FLSA Minimum Salary NPRM Over-Time Wage and Hour White-Collar Exemptions

Philadelphia Paid Sick Leave Law Passed

Yesterday, Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law a bill mandating that most Philadelphia employers provide paid sick leave to their employees. It is anticipated that the law will provide this type of leave to approximately...more

2/16/2015 - Paid Leave Sick Leave

Employers Must Be Cautious in Addressing Ebola Concerns

Neither the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission nor the Centers for Disease Control has issued any specific guidance for employers to deal with Ebola issues. With multiple Ebola cases diagnosed in the United States...more

10/29/2014 - ADA Ebola Employer Liability Issues FMLA Title VII Workplace Safety

NLRB Ratifies Administrative Actions Taken during Invalid Recess Appointment Period

On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling in N.L.R.B. v. Noel Canning, et al., which invalidated President Obama’s 2012 recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the NLRB recently ratified a...more

8/7/2014 - Canning v NLRB NLRA NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

EEOC Issues New Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently issued enforcement guidance on pregnancy discrimination and related issues. The guidance, accompanied by related Questions and Answers and a Fact Sheet for Small...more

7/18/2014 - EEOC Employee Rights Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination

New Philadelphia Ordinance Requires Reasonable Accommodations for Pregnancy, Childbirth

City of Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter recently signed legislation amending the City’s Fair Practices Ordinance to prohibit pregnancy-related discrimination and require employers to provide reasonable workplace...more

2/3/2014 - ADA Civil Rights Act Local Ordinance Pregnancy Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Title VII

FLSA Does Not Bar Class Action Waivers, Second Circuit Rules

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently handed employers another victory in the fight over enforcement of class action waivers....more

8/14/2013 - American Express v Italian Colors Restaurant Arbitration Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers FLSA SCOTUS

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