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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…


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

March 15th, 2018

By Willig, Williams & Davidson 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…


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…


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…


Changes to Pennsylvania Law Concerning Notaries Public Coming Soon

October 17th, 2017

By: Alaine S. Williams Virtually every union, health and welfare fund, and pension fund that maintains offices in Pennsylvania has designated at least one officer or employee to obtain a commission from the Secretary of State to be a notary public. Major changes to the notary law go into effect on October 26, 2017 and…


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…


   
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