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The Gig Economy: Employee or Independent Contractor?

The gig economy is a domain where companies hire workers for specific projects or “gigs.” Generally these workers retain control over the manner and the means of performing their work and are classified as independent contractors. Currently, the gig economy is booming, as Time Magazine’s recent survey estimated that it...

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NLRB SETS ASIDE UNION ELECTION ON TECHNICAL VIOLATION OF QUICKIE ELECTION RULE

As our readers may recall, last year HRLegalist previously reported how the National Labor Relation Board’s (“Board”) quickie election rules would impact an employer’s ability to counter a union’s organizing efforts by expediting the election process and effectively limit the employer’s ability to raise pre-election challenges to pr...

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Say “So Long” to Salary History Inquiries: Philadelphia Set to Become the First City to Ban Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Prior Earnings

  For over fifty years, federal legislation has prohibited wage discrimination based on gender. Specifically, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires equal pay for equal work performed by men and women working in the same establishment. Despite the federal protections for pay equity, there remains an obvious wage gap between men and women. Althoug...

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Obermayer Adds Three New Associates

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP welcomed three new associates to the firm this fall. Qiwei Chen joins the firm’s Litigation Department, Malcolm J. Ingram joins the firm’s Labor Relations & Employment Law Department and Nicole E. Norcross joins the firm’s Business & Finance Department. Ingram and Norcross are located in the ...

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Obermayer Attorney Presents Wage and Hour Seminar

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP attorney Ivo Becica presented a 50-minute webinar on FLSA Compliance which focused on looking at what will happen to the new overtime regulations now a federal court in Texas has issued a preliminary injunction. The webinar was hosted by TSheets, a time tracking software company, and HintonBurdick, CPAs an...

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DHS Announces Immigration Benefits Just Weeks Before Trump is Inaugurated

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued a final rule related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs.  The rule is set to go into effect on January 17, 2017, just days before Donald Trump’s inauguration as President.  The final rule is intended to conform regulations with long standing DHS ...

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Obermayer Adds Labor & Employment Attorneys

Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP adds Charlene A. Barker and Lisa Koblin to the firm’s labor relations & employment law department in its Philadelphia office. The growing employment and labor team now boasts a total of 18 lawyers.             Barker focuses her practice on employment and labor law litigation, defending e...

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Season’s Greetings: Three Recent Wage and Hour Developments that Employers can be Thankful For

Overview With leaves falling, temperatures dropping, and Thanksgiving less than a day away, Americans are rapidly gearing up for the 2016 Holiday Season—the magical time between Black Friday and New Year’s when retailers kick into high gear, homes and storefronts are decorated to the nines, radio playlists take on a different tune, and we ...

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Christmas Comes Early — Texas Court Blocks New Overtime Rule Nationwide Saving Employers Millions of Dollars

Yesterday, Texas District Court Judge Amos L. Mazzant issued an order that immediately blocks the implementation of the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime rule to the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which was scheduled to go into effect on December 1, 2016. In order to comply with the new overtime rule, employers across th...

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New I-9 Form Now in Effect

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The previous version of the form will be accepted only until January 22, 2017. What’s different about the new Form I-9? The form has been updated to make it easier to complete and print using a computer.  Cha...

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