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Third Circuit Rejects Employer Attempt to Shift Withdrawal Liability to Teamsters Union

December 13th, 2018

By: James Beall & James Glowacki The Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980 (MPPAA) imposes an exit charge on employers that stop participating in multiemployer-union defined benefit plans. The exit charge approximates the withdrawing employer’s share of the plan’s total unfunded vested benefits owed to participants, but not yet covered by existing plan assets….


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…


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…


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…


Act 22 Closes Police Body Camera Loophole – Prepare to Bargain!

September 21st, 2017

By Richard G. Poulson Effective September 5, 2017, Act 22 of 2017 has finally closed the loophole in Pennsylvania’s Wiretap Act that inexplicably criminalized aspects of police use of body cameras. Act 22 was the culmination of a two-year lobbying effort by the Pennsylvania State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police and other stakeholders, and…


UC Amnesty Program Update

August 24th, 2017

Alidz Oshagan Pennsylvania’s Department of Labor, Office of Unemployment Compensation has established an Amnesty Program that permits claimants to repay delinquent fault and nonfault overpayments at a reduced rate. You may be eligible for this program if you have an outstanding overpayment of unemployment compensation benefits on file with the Office of Unemployment Compensation. With…


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…


Negotiating Disciplinary Decisions in Newly Organized Bargaining Units

May 4th, 2017

By Amy L. Rosenberger The employees have just voted for union representation, but they do not yet have a first collective bargaining agreement. Once they have a contract, they hope that it will require the employer to show “just cause” for discipline or discharge, and include a grievance and arbitration procedure through which the union…


Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability

April 20th, 2017

By Robert Steinberg What is the difference between SSDI (or SSD) and SSI? Social Security Disability (SSDI or SSD) is available to individuals who have accumulated sufficient “work credits” to qualify for Social Security while Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a benefit provided to lower income individuals who have not worked or have not worked…


   
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