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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….

Conservative NLRB Rushing to Roll Back Worker’s Rights

January 11th, 2018

By Bruce M. Ludwig As soon as the conservative Republicans constituted a majority of the members of the National Labor Relations Board, because of President Trump’s appointments, this new majority rushed to reverse important prior decisions in a blatant effort to roll back worker and Union rights. In a 3-2 decision, the Republican majority overruled…

Can a Will Require Pets to be Euthanized After the Owner Dies? Estate Law in PA

December 28th, 2017

By Kathleen M. Tana Recently, a young lawyer was contacted by a client with a question. The client was a newly graduated veterinarian who had been approached with a request to euthanize two healthy dogs. The request was pursuant to a provision in the deceased owner’s will. The owner had just died and his will…

Increased Exposure to Child Abuse Reporting in the Workplace

December 14th, 2017

By: Jonathan Krinick The Pennsylvania Legislature, to a large degree in response to some of the institutional failures apparent at Penn State University in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, took several steps to broaden the definition of child abuse. These changes to the Child Protective Services Law and a lack of direction by…

Sexual Harassment and Assault: How Labor Unions Are Responding to Recent Allegations Against Top Hollywood Moguls

November 30th, 2017

By: Lauren M. Hoye Whether on social media, on television, or in print, you have undoubtedly already heard of the allegations made in recent weeks against top Hollywood moguls such as Harvey Weinstein, Brett Ratner, Russell Simmons, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. (among others). From claims of hostile working environments to sexual assault, the allegations…

Will Salary History Bans Eliminate the Gender Pay Gap?

November 15th, 2017

By: Thomas M. Gribbin, Jr. On October 6, 2017, Oregon became the first state to ban public and private employers from asking prospective employees about salary history. Seeking to expand upon the Oregon Equal Pay Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating through wages and other compensation based on gender, the new law bans employers from…

Beware the Perils of Work-Related Social Media Posts

November 2nd, 2017

By: Amy Rosenberger If you’ve spent much time on social media, chances are you have come across that person who “over-shares.” Some posts are just awkward; some are offensive; others are so personal they make the reader squirm. A recent decision from the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court is a reminder that when you share something on…

   
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