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Jul 18, 2018

Third Circuit Eases Employees’ Path to Trial in Sexual Harassment Cases

Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, a federal appellate court whose jurisdiction includes Pennsylvania and New Jersey, issued a precedential decision regarding sexual harassment claims that employers must take note of.

In Minarsky v. Susquehanna County, the plaintiff began working as a part-time secretary in Susquehanna County’s Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009. » Read More

Apr 03, 2018

Employee’s Voluntary Resignation Does Not Necessarily Result in Disqualification for Unemployment Benefits

On March 29, 2018, the Appellate Division in Cottman v. Board of Review ruled that an employee who voluntarily quits when faced with the imminent threat of termination may nevertheless be eligible for unemployment benefits.

Cottman, who worked the overnight shift (11:00 p.m. » Read More

Mar 08, 2018

Electronic Delivery of Arbitration Agreements: Make Sure You Have Proof of Assent

Craig Schmell was a Senior Vice President with Morgan Stanley in Red Bank, New Jersey, until his termination of employment in October 2017.  Schmell filed a federal lawsuit claiming his firing constituted discrimination based on his status as a recovering addict. » Read More

Feb 23, 2018

Be Careful What You Say: Not Everything’s O.K.

The National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) makes it unlawful to terminate an employee who engages in concerted, protected activity, which generally means that you can say, object and complain, and offer suggestions to your employer without fear of termination of employment or other adverse actions so long as your conduct is in the mutual aid and protection of your co-employees and relates to the terms and conditions of employment.  » Read More

Jun 21, 2017

PA Supreme Court Decides that Former Employees are Not Entitled to Review their Personnel File

When an employee is terminated, the first question they have is “why?” Employees in Pennsylvania who were not happy with the answer or who wanted to verify the explanation had the right, for a reasonable period of time after termination, to review their personnel file. » Read More

Oct 28, 2016

Sign up for our next seminar: Employment Law In Television and the Movies: Lessons Learned

Our last presentation in the 2016 series, Employment Law in Television and the Movies: Lessons Learned, will be held on November 16, and will review the handling of all employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, employee discipline, and employee termination, as seen in popular television programs and movies.   » Read More

Sep 06, 2016

The Kaepernick Conundrum

By now most people have heard about the Colin Kaepernick story, and may have strong feelings one way or the other about the actions of the 49ers quarterback.  In case you have been living under a rock for the past two weeks — Kaepernick has refused to stand for the national anthem prior to the start of two consecutive games.  » Read More

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