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“What Did You Make at Your Last Job?”- Ninth Circuit Holds Prior Salary is No Justification for Current Pay Gap

May 17th, 2018

By James Glowacki It is well known that women often earn less than men for doing the same work. Per a Pew Research Center analysis, women in the United States earned about 82% of what men earned in 2017. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently addressed this “pay gap” in…

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Strikes Down Common Employer Bargaining Tactic as Unlawful Under the Pension Protection Act

May 2nd, 2018

By James S. Beall On April 26, 2018, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals invalidated an employer’s attempt to freeze participation in a multiemployer pension plan to existing employees, and place new employees in a 401(k) plan. This is a common employer demand in bargaining, but it was held unlawful because of the Pension…

Expungement of a Protection from Abuse (PFA) Record

April 19th, 2018

By Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia The Pennsylvania Protection from Abuse Act provides a remedy for a victim of abuse to seek protection from their abuser. A protection from abuse petition and temporary order prohibiting abuse can be obtained if there is a familial or household relationship between the victim and abuser or if they were intimate partners….

What is Pregnancy Discrimination?

March 29th, 2018

By Alidz Oshagan In 1978, Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act (“PDA”) as an amendment to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The PDA prohibits employers from discriminating against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth, or a medical condition related to pregnancy or childbirth. An employer is…

No Notice of Compensation Payable, No Protection Under Workers’ Compensation

March 15th, 2018

By Marianne H. Saylor If you get injured at work, your injury is not legally covered under workers’ compensation unless you receive a Notice of Compensation Payable. Injured workers are required to report an injury to their employer within 120 days after the injury. It is best to report the injury as soon as a…

Labor Unions Across the Country Honor Echol Cole, Robert Walker, and the Memphis Sanitation Workers Who Led the Historic Sanitation Strike of 1968

March 1st, 2018

By: Lauren M. Hoye February 1, 2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the tragic deaths of Echol Cole and Robert Walker, two sanitation workers killed on the job by a trash compactor in the City of Memphis, Tennessee. It was their deaths that sparked the historic sanitation strike of 1968, which began on February 12,…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Historic Ruling in the Pennsylvania Gerrymandering Case

February 14th, 2018

By: John R. Bielski On Wednesday, February 7, 2018, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (“Court”) issued its historic ruling in the Pennsylvania gerrymandering case, declaring that the Pennsylvania General Assembly’s hyper-partisan and politically-gerrymandered 2011 congressional redistricting plan (“2011 Plan”) violated Article I, Section 5 of the Pennsylvania Constitution—known as the Free and Equal Elections Clause. Justice…

Unmarried Men: Request Genetic Testing Before Acknowledging Paternity

February 8th, 2018

By Scott M. Orloff On November 20, 2017, in a case that significantly affects paternity rights, Pennsylvania Superior Court reversed an order issued in a Philadelphia paternity action. The Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas issued an order after the trial court received results from a court ordered genetic test. The results of the test determined…

PA Supreme Court Strikes Down 2011 Congressional Redistricting Map as Unconstitutional

January 22nd, 2018

By: John R. Bielski Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in a 5-2 decision struck down the 2011 congressional redistricting map as unconstitutional under the Pennsylvania Constitution and barring its use in the regular primary and general elections this year. As reported in an earlier post, Willig, Williams & Davidson wrote an amicus brief on behalf…

Pennsylvania Unions File Amici Brief in Gerrymandering Case

January 15th, 2018

By John R. Bielski On January 5, 2018, eight unions– the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, AFSCME Council 13, AFGE, AFT Pennsylvania, APSCUF, CWA District 2-13, SEIU Pennsylvania State Council, UFCW Local 1776 and UNITEHERE–filed an amici brief in support of a legal challenge to the Pennsylvania congressional redistricting map created by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 2011….

   
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