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Circuit Court Is Asked To Overturn NLRB’s Decision Allowing Surreptitious Workplace Recordings

Can employees record conversations at the workplace without the consent of the speakers? Or, can an employer enforce a policy that prohibits employees from recording conversations at work unless they have the consent of all the parties being recorded?  Employers are up in the air over this issue.  The reality of the modern workplace is that...

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The Right Environment to Benefit Long-Term Career Goals

Newly minted attorneys are often so focused on securing employment (sometimes just any employment) that they do not take the time, or have the foresight to consider whether their first legal job will help them achieve their career goals. Perhaps they do not know what their long-term career goals are. Or maybe they start down one particular path wit...

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Of Public Schools and Private Employers: Trump Reverses Direction on Male, Female and Gender Neutral Restrooms

Overview Employers are caught, once again, between agency pronouncements and White House actions. While President Trump commented on the campaign trail that transgender people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,” he appears to have rethought this position as commander-in-chief. Continue Reading  

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Employees Bound by Non-Compete Agreement When They Clicked “Accept” to a Bonus on Intranet

Two employees who clicked “accept” on an online form in order to receive a bonus were bound by additional language that included an agreement to not compete in the future.  Messrs. Lynch and Halpin worked in sales for ADP, and every year to collect their annual bonuses, they had to “accept” a non-compete agreement through a “clickwra...

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Medical Marijuana Act Clouds the Rights of Employers to Establish and Enforce Marijuana Policies

Pennsylvania’s recently passed Medical Marijuana Act (MMA) has left employers dazed and confused about whether they may continue to enforce zero tolerance drug policies. The MMA, which provides qualifying patients with access to medical marijuana through a safe and effective delivery method, is intended to balance patient need for access wi...

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One Bite, Two Apples: Third Circuit Confirms That Requests For Leave Under the FMLA Can Simultaneously Qualify As A Request For A Reasonable Accommodation

  The interplay between the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is an area of confusion for most employers. This confusion is understandable as both statutes serve distinct purposes but require a covered employer to grant medical leave to employees in certain circumstances. Employees...

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Obermayer Partner Speaks at Mid-East PASBO Regional Conference

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP partner Benjamin Pratt spoke at the Mid-East Pennsylvania School of Business Officials Regional Conference. He presented a Negotiations Update for School Districts, which was attended by CFOs, business managers and business office employees from school districts in the Central Pennsylvania and Lehigh Valle...

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Wage and Hour Update – Federal and Local Laws on the Chopping Block

  During the Obama administration, federal agencies enacted wage and hour regulations that tended to favor employees, even while the federal minimum wage remained unchanged. State and local governments also played a role, moving forward with laws and ordinances governing wages and paid leave.    Continue Reading

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President Trump Orders a Wall and Other Major Immigration Measures in His First Week in Office

  On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued three Executive Orders related to our immigration system and national security. Broadly speaking, the President’s orders focus on the following:  border security, removal of undocumented immigrants from the U.S., and the visa issuance by U.S. consular posts abroad.  Continue Reading  

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Closing the Salary Gap: Mayor Kenney Signs Philadelphia’s First Pay Equity Bill

Last month, Philadelphia’s City Council unanimously approved a pay equity bill — priming Philadelphia to become the first city in the nation to adopt comprehensive “wage-gap” legislation. Continue Reading

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