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MARCH MADNESS 2017: HOW TO AVOID FOULING OUT FROM AN EMPLOYMENT LAW PERSPECTIVE

Across the country, sports fans are gearing up for their favorite seasonal competition: the NCAA “March Madness” tournament. Those with winning brackets can earn prizes ranging from neighborhood bragging rights, up to a million dollars per year, for life (if you are one of Warren Buffet’s employees). Competition prizes and popularity notwit...

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As the Northeast Prepares for a Major, Late Season Snow Storm, HR Legalist Reminds our Readers of the Importance of Employer Responsibility to Employees in a Time of Inclement Weather

In January 2015, HR Legalist contributor, Teleicia D’Amberville, wrote about employer responsibilities towards employees when a serious weather event occurs.    As a major snow storm is set to hit the Northeast of the United States this week, we thought it wise to remind our readers of Ms. D’Amberville’s sound advice.  In the meantime, ...

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Senate Kills Federal Contractor Work Safety Rule

On March 6, 2017, the Senate voted 49-48 to eliminate President Barack Obama’s Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule through the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule was finalized in August 2016 by the U.S. Department of Labor, but subsequently blocked by court order in October 2016. Continue Reading  

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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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