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Mar 18, 2020

State and Federal Government Pressed to Meet Unemployment Demands Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

With the widespread closure of businesses and looming unemployment of thousands, state and federal governments have been scrambling to address this result of the coronavirus pandemic. » Read More

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 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 me at bhollenbach@norris-law.com » 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 05, 2018

The Future of Bathroom Accommodations for Transgender Employees in Pennsylvania

The protections afforded to transgender employees in Pennsylvania are increasing but remain uncertain.  In August 2018, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”) issued guidance to elaborate on the meaning of “sex” under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRA”).  The PHRC concluded that sex discrimination does encompass claims of discrimination based on sexual orientation, transgender transition, gender identity, and gender expression.   » Read More

Aug 23, 2018

PHRC Issues Guidance on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

As many Pennsylvania employers know, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (“PHRC”) is the agency charged with enforcing state anti-discrimination laws such as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRA”). The PHRA largely mirrors federal workplace anti-discrimination laws such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”), but has a lower employee threshold for coverage: four or more employees. » Read More

Jun 27, 2018

Proposed Regulations Would Make More Pennsylvania Employees Eligible for Overtime

As you may recall, we wrote in January that Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf called on the state’s Department of Labor & Industry (“L&I”) to “modernize” the regulations for the “white-collar” overtime exemptions under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (“PMWA”), the state-law equivalent of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). » 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