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August 2017 – Willig, Williams & Davidson

Attorney Happenings and Headlines

14 Willig, Williams & Davidson Attorneys Named Among 2018 U.S. News and World Report 'Best Lawyers in America'
The firm is proud to announce that 14 of its attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®, one of the legal profession's oldest and most respected peer-review publications. The selected attorneys were drawn from the firm's Philadelphia and Harrisburg offices and were recognized for their work in the practice areas of employment law – individuals, labor law – union, labor and employment litigation, and employee benefits (ERISA) law. Read more about the 2018 Best Lawyers...

Congratulations to Our 13 Attorneys Named to 2017 PA Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Willig, Williams & Davidson is pleased to announce that 13 of its attorneys have been named 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. This is the 14th year that firm partners Deborah R. Willig, Alaine S. Williams and Stuart W. Davidson have been recognized as Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, having been named to the list each year since 2004. Additional firm partners making return appearances on the Super Lawyers list include Nancy B. G. Lassen, Ralph J. Teti, Irwin W. Aronson, Richard G. Poulson, Bruce M. Ludwig, Michael G. Dryden, and John R. Bielski. Making the Super Lawyers list for the first time are attorneys Amy L. Rosenberger and Ryan A. Hancock, while Lauren Hoye has been named a Rising Star for the fourth year in a row. Read more about the firm's 2017 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers...

Featured Practice Area: Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits

The attorneys in the Willig, Williams & Davidson Employee Benefits Group understand that quality health care and a secure retirement are the most important things that labor unions offer to America's working families. We therefore have committed ourselves to providing the highest level of representation to Taft-Hartley pension and welfare trust funds, and to unions that negotiate for their members' benefits.

Social Security Q&A – Did You Know?

Our firm often answers questions about supplemental security income and social security disability. Here are some of the most frequently asked:

What is the difference between SSDI (or SSD) and SSI?

How do I know if I am eligible for SSDI?

When should I apply for SSDI?

Special Highlight

Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Handbook

Workers' Comp Handbook

As a leading advocate for Pennsylvania working men and women, Willig, Williams & Davidson is committed to helping workers navigate the system, so they can focus on one thing – getting well. Check out our Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Handbook for the most up to date information about the PA Workers' Compensation Act and what it means for you.

Union Member Communications: When Knowing Too Much Can Become a Problem

In general, employers cannot force private sector unions to disclose communications with members during the course of representation. The National Labor Relations Board recognized a union-member grievance privilege for private-sector employees in Cook Paint & Varnish Co., 258 NLRB 1230 (1981), and found that an employer violated the National Labor Relations Act when it threatened to discipline a union steward unless he disclosed the substance and notes of conversations with a member about an incident that could have resulted in discipline.

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Workers' CompWorkers' Compensation – What to Know if You Get Hurt at Work

If you suffer an injury, as a result of an accident or repetitive activity at work, you should immediately give notice to your supervisor. You should report an injury even if you do not anticipate missing time from work. When you report your injury to your supervisor, you must give specific information that your condition was caused by your work activities. It is not enough to say you are hurt or have to go home.

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  Collectively...From Our Blog

Police Officer ResidencyPA Supreme Court Rejects Residency Requirement for Pittsburgh Police Officers

On May 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in City of Pittsburgh v. Fraternal Order of Police, Fort Pitt Lodge No.1 held that the city did not have the legal authority to amend its home rule charter such that it would eliminate a mandatory subject of bargaining under the Police and Firemen Collective Bargaining Act, known as Act 111.

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Impairment RatingPA Supreme Court Rules Impairment Rating Evaluations Unconstitutional

Injured workers obtained a significant win before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week when the court ruled that a section of the PA Workers’ Compensation Act was unconstitutional.

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Kentucky Labor UnionsKentucky Labor Unions Take On So-Called 'Right To Work' Law

On May 25, 2017, two labor unions in Kentucky instituted litigation in Kentucky state court seeking to strike down the state's new so-called "Right To Work" Law. As background, Kentucky only just became a "Right To Work" state in January 2017. It, along with Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, is among the states that became "Right To Work" in recent years, after many years of allowing unions to require non-members to pay their fair share for the benefits of union representation.

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Grandparent Custody PAUpdate on Grandparent Custody in Pennsylvania

The rights of parents to raise their children as they choose, without interference from others, is recognized as a fundamental right protected by the U.S. Constitution. Nonetheless, the role of grandparents in the lives of children also is recognized as important under certain circumstances when the grandparents' involvement does not interfere with the rights of the parents.

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Disciplinary DecisionsNegotiating Disciplinary Decisions in Newly Organized Bargaining Units

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 can challenge unjust disciplinary decisions. But what happens until then?

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