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CARES Acts’ Payroll Protection Program

The CARES Acts’ Payroll Protection Program (PPP) allows small businesses to apply for loans up to $10 million to cover business expenses such as payroll, rent or mortgage payment, and utility payments. Instances of suspected abuse of the program have made the news. Suspected culprits include: Harvard University, Shake Shack, and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. When Read More

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Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act

The Family Medical Leave Act is an act which provides twelve weeks of job protection for qualifying individuals who must take leave due to their own or a loved one’s medical condition. Under the newly signed Families First Coronavirus Response Act, that protection is being extended through the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act Read More

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Pennsylvania Sees Spike in Workplace Discrimination Against Pregnant Women

Twenty-four states have passed laws to prevent workplace discrimination against pregnant women, but Pennsylvania has not. Recently, many expectant mothers in PA have come forward claiming that their hours have been cut dramatically, they were forced to work in unsafe conditions, or they were fired after telling their managers they were pregnant. According to the Read More

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Workplace Injuries and Employees’ Rights to Benefits

Each year, the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health releases a “Dirty Dozen” list outlining the top-12 most dangerous places to work in the United States. Notable companies such as Tesla, Waste Management, and Lowe’s made the list for 2018. Amazon earned a 12th place finish. Amazon has been under fire after numerous stories Read More

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Workplace Discrimination Can Show Up in Even What May Seem the Least Likely of Places

In a December survey, employees of the Free Library of Philadelphia complained of inappropriate treatment by their co-workers and superiors. In a space that boasts of its “diversity and inclusiveness of all,” 86% library employees were able to identify a time where they felt they were harassed or discriminated against. It took a mere few Read More

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Discrimination and Employment Law

Over 6000 charges of discrimination were filed with the EEOC in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 2017 alone.  Despite improvement of general awareness through the media of insidious behavior by employers, employers still regularly discriminate against their employees on the basis of protected characteristics such as race, sex, religion, national origin, age, and disability.  Leonard Sciolla’s Read More

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PHRC Increases LGBT Protections

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) will now accept complaints from those who feel that they were discriminated against as a result of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The PHRC is a state organization that investigates discrimination complaints in housing, education, and employment. Previously, the PHRC would not investigate discrimination complaints relating to sexual Read More

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The Importance of Hiring Legal Counsel for a New Business

It is more tempting than ever to handle the legal set up of a new business yourself. Online forms. Web-based business entity registration. You have enough startup costs, so why not save money on legal fees now when your business is small. You can always hire a lawyer later to fine tune the details—right? Wrong. Read More

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New Jersey Equal Pay Act

New Jersey’s Equal Pay Act goes into effect on July 1, 2018. Governor Phil Murphy’s office is heralding the bill as “the most sweeping equal pay legislation in America.” The bill strengthens protections against employment discrimination and promotes equal pay for all groups. In particular, it amends the Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to prohibit employers Read More

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Social Media and the Workplace

It is becoming increasingly rare to find someone who is not involved with or affected by social media on a daily basis. Often, people will post without thinking about the consequences. This could result in a loss of employment  if someone posts negatively about their employer. Businesses themselves can run into legal problems if an Read More

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