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The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act

November 8th, 2018

By: Alaine S. Williams One of the first pieces of legislation signed into law by Governor Murphy of New Jersey in 2018 is a law requiring employers to provide both full-time and part-time employees 40 hours of paid sick leave each benefit year. The New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act (Act), which went into effect…


U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Use of Class Action Waivers in Employee Arbitration Agreements

July 5th, 2018

By Ryan A. Hancock A few weeks ago, the United States Supreme Court issued a sweeping decision in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, in three consolidated cases including one arising under the National Labor Relations Act, that will make it difficult, if not impossible, for employees to gain access to a court of law to…


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…


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…


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…


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…


You May Be Able To Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey By Donating Your “Paid Time Off”

October 5th, 2017

By Louise F. Pongracz Have you and your co-workers been kicking around ideas about how to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey? The IRS has issued guidance that could give even those with limited cash a way to donate if your employer will donate cash equal to your paid-time-off to certain approved charitable organizations. Employers…


What is the Family and Medical Leave Act? Part III

August 10th, 2017

By Alidz Oshagan The Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) is a federal law that requires certain employers to provide qualifying employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. This blog post is Part III of a series providing an overview of the FMLA. Part I discussed the basics of the law, Part II…


AHCA Update: Immediate Action Needed

June 12th, 2017

By: Wendy Pongracz As you know from all the press coverage, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (“AHCA”) on May 4, 2017, a proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). For the past few weeks, a working group of 13 senators has been working to draft a replacement, but…


   
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