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Oct 29, 2018

NJ Sick Leave Act Confusion Continues

Today, October 29, the New Jersey Paid Sick Leave Act goes into effect.  Employers around the state have been working to update their sick leave or Paid Time Off policies to be fully compliant with this new workplace requirement.  The law, however, has left many questions unanswered.  » Read More

Jan 31, 2018

PA Issues Report on Paid Family Leave

As you may recall, we previously wrote about the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (“L&I”) receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to research options for paid family leave models in the Commonwealth.  After more than a year of researching this topic, including surveying 600 Pennsylvania workers and 500 Pennsylvania employers, L&I recently issued a report that addresses support for and the feasibility of a statewide paid family and medical leave insurance program funded by employee payroll contributions. » Read More

Jan 24, 2018

Pennsylvania Announces Plans to Make More Workers Eligible for Overtime

It’s like déjà vu all over again. It seems like just yesterday, but it’s nearly four years ago that then-President Barack Obama directed the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) to “modernize and streamline” the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) regulations on “white collar” exemptions from minimum wage and overtime requirements. » Read More

Jan 08, 2018

DOL Rejects Obama-Era “Intern” Test

With college classes resuming soon, many employers will be welcoming interns to the workplace. Employers must be careful in determining whether unpaid interns are properly classified under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). If these students are improperly classified as “interns” instead of “employees,” employers can be on the hook for back pay, statutory penalties, and attorney’s fees. » Read More

Dec 05, 2017

Healthcare, Hospitals, and Immigration: The Need to Access the Global Medical Professional Workforce with Ease

Every healthcare organization has two essential requirements: (1) continuous access to qualified talent; and (2) continuous access to significant numbers of that talent.  Hospitals clearly need a lot of employees.  To meet these demands, today, more than ever, hospitals and other healthcare providers call on international medical graduates, international students educated in medicine in the United States, global researchers in every practice of medicine, and world-renowned specialists in countless professions. » Read More

Jul 31, 2017

Department of Labor Solicits Public Feedback on Overtime Rule

It may seem hard to believe, but it has been nearly 15 months since the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued its controversial Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) regulations on the “white collar” overtime exemptions.  The proposed regulations, which would have raised the required salary threshold for the exemptions from $455 per week to $913 per week, were set to go into effect on December 1, 2016.  » Read More

Jun 29, 2017

Department of Labor Issues Request for Information on Overtime Rule

As we noted several weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Labor recently indicated that it planned on issuing a “request for information” regarding the overtime rule issued under the Obama administration.  You may recall that the proposed rule would have raised the required salary threshold for the “white collar” overtime exemptions from $455 per week to $913 per week.  » Read More