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Philadelphia Labor Attorney Alaine Williams Argues before PA Supreme Court on Employment Rights

August 31, 2009

The Legal Intelligencer mentioned partner Alaine S. Williams will argue on Sept. 16 before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that, during the summer, the state unlawfully forced thousands of employees to work without paychecks. Pennsylvania's payless paydays grew out of a plan to furlough workers last year because of a budget impasse in the state Legislature. Council 13 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees sued, and a state court ruled that the governor could either furlough everyone or require everyone to work without pay until a budget passed.

The ruling prompted the governor this year to order state employees to work without pay. A supplemental appropriations bill was approved earlier this month -- everyone has now been paid -- but the union still wants the state Supreme Court to declare the payless payday unlawful.

Unions and furloughs were also an issue in a New Jersey case. In April, the state appellate court reached a mixed result, upholding the government's power to initiate furloughs in an economic crisis, but staying a plan for "staggered layoffs." That kept 33,000 members of the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association from being furloughed.

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