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Feb 12, 2019

Governor Wolf Introduces Plan to Raise State Minimum Wage

Although all eyes were on Washington last Tuesday for President Trump’s State of the Union address, Pennsylvania’s top executive delivered an important speech of his own in Harrisburg that same day.  In his annual budget address, Governor Wolf reiterated his call to increase the state’s minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $12.00/hour by the end of this year.  » Read More

Jan 30, 2019

New York Bans Discrimination Against Transgender Employees

Last week, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo approved pro-LGBTQ+ legislation.  The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (“GENDA”) bans discrimination against transgender and non-binary employees working in New York.

GENDA amended New York’s Human Rights Law to include gender identity and gender expression.  » Read More

Jan 28, 2019

NLRB Reinstates Employer-Friendly Independent Contractor Standard

On January 25, 2019, the National Labor Relations Board (“Board”), reinstated a long-standing independent contractor standard.  This standard strengthens an employer’s ability to classify franchisees as independent contractors, or as employees exempt from the National Labor Relations Act.  » Read More

Jan 14, 2019

2019 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2019 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation. For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2019, the maximum compensation rate is $1,049.00 per week, which represents a 2.3% increase.

If you have any questions about the information contained in this blog or any other questions related to workers’ compensation law, please feel free to contact Barbara Hollenbach at bhollenbach@norris-law.com » Read More

Dec 13, 2018

Employers Face Increased Cybersecurity Obligations

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently decided a case that may increase an employer’s cybersecurity obligations for electronically stored employee information.  In Dittman v. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), a class of UPMC employees filed a negligence action alleging that UPMC breached a duty of reasonable care by not protecting their electronically stored information.   » Read More

Nov 09, 2018

Employment Law in Television and the Movies Recap

And just like that, our 2018 seminars are complete.  We would like to thank you to everyone who came out to our last (and clearly most fun and educational) seminar of the year!

We discussed the handling of a variety of employment issues including discrimination, harassment, employee discipline, and employee termination, as seen in popular TV programs and movies (primarily Seinfeld and the Office, obviously).  » Read More

Oct 30, 2018

They’re Back! – Impairment Rating Evaluations Under the PA Workers’ Compensation Act Restored

I was quoted in the following Lehigh Valley Business articles, Pa. worker’s comp sees changes and Gov. Wolf approves workers comp bill, discussing the passage of House Bill 1840, which restores the use of the impairment rating evaluation (IRE) process in Pennsylvania workers’ compensation cases. » Read More

Oct 26, 2018

New Definition of “Sex” Eliminates Protection for Transgender Individuals

The Trump Administration is challenging the rights of transgender individuals with its proposal to eliminate federal protection under Title IX.  According to a memo obtained by the New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of implementing a uniform definition of sex that would not protect transgender students. » Read More

Oct 15, 2018

New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Notice Now Available

As employers with New Jersey employees should know, the state’s Paid Sick Leave Act goes into effect on October 29, 2018.  The Act requires all employers, regardless of size, to provide up to 40 hours of paid sick leave to employees in a “benefit year” that is determined by the employer. » Read More

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