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Michael Pepperman and Ivo Becica mentioned in the Daily Labor Report

Michael Pepperman, Tom Hearn and Ivo Becica obtained a temporary restraining order for their client, SCI, a funeral home management company, against union picketers after labor contract negotiations broke down. The failed negotiations, which centered around disagreements on pensions and other benefits, led to a strike of 59 funeral directors a...

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Criminal Background Checks Result in EEOC Lawsuits Against Prominent National Employers

Last year, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") took significant measures to curb employer use of criminal background checks in hiring decisions by issuing new restrictive guidelines for employers.  The EEOC’s guidelines can be accessed at the following link: http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/arrest_conviction.cfm.  ...

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WHITE HOUSE DELAYS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT’S EMPLOYER MANDATE UNTIL 2015

The White House has decided to delay implementation of the Employer Mandate provision, a key component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “ACA”) until 2015. The Employer Mandate provision, which was slated to become effective January 1, 2014, requires employers with 50 or more employees to offer coverage to employees...

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Notice Provisions of Affordable Care Act to Become Effective in October 2013, Department of Labor Issues Model Notices

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2012 (“PPACA”) into law. The PPACA created a Health Insurance Marketplace (commonly referred to as an “Exchange”), in which consumers are given the opportunity to choose amongst a range of option to purchase health insurance coverage....

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THE SUPREME COURT DEFINES “SUPERVISOR”

Consider this:  You are sued by one of your employees who alleges that another employee has discriminatorily harassed her.  Will you be liable for the sins of the alleged harasser?  How that case will proceed against you largely depends on whether the alleged harasser is a supervisor.  However, until the U.S. Supreme Court&rsquo...

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The Supreme Court Sets the Standard for Proving a Retaliation Claim

Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin and also prohibits retaliation against an employee who opposes such discrimination or who participates in Title VII proceedings (generally called “protected activity”).  In University of Texas v....

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Structuring Unpaid Internships to Avoid FLSA Violations

Recent court decisions may curtail the use of unpaid internships at for-profit businesses, as companies now face substantial liability for improperly classifying interns under the "trainee exception" of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). Traditionally, unpaid internships have proven to be a crucial resource for inexperienced students and recent g...

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EEOC Issues Guidance on Disabilities Affecting Millions

In the United States, an estimated 34 million people have been diagnosed with cancer, epilepsy or diabetes, and more than 2 million have an intellectual disability. Unsurprisingly, most employers receive accommodation requests related to these medical conditions. On May 15, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission released guidance in the form ...

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Obermayer Attorneys Named to 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP is pleased to announce that a number of our attorneys were selected for inclusion in 2013 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers®. In addition, several attorneys were also selected for inclusion in 2013 Pennsylvania Rising Stars – the top-up-and-coming lawyers in the Commonwealth – as noted below. The...

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Workplace Bullying: Managing the Organizational Playground

Workplace bullying is a pervasive problem that often precipitates harassment and discrimination claims and, in more extreme cases, workplace violence. Although there is currently no state that prohibits workplace bullying, it can expose employers to significant legal risk and damage both productivity and employee morale. According to a 2012 survey ...

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