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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 Even in What 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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New Jersey Enacts Mandatory Paid Sick Leave

New Jersey businesses have six months to implement paid sick leave into employment policies. Governor Phil Murphy signed the bill into law last week. The law requires employers in the state to provide one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours worked, for up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. Read More

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Gun Control: No Easy Answer

Gun control, always a hotly debated issue across the country, returned to the top of the list following February’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school. One of the debates specifically centered on whether or not it would improve school safety if teachers carried firearms at work. In his April column in ACtion Magazine, partner Read More

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Observing Confidentiality in the Workplace

Employers should proceed with caution when trying to give employees notice about sensitive matters, including government agency investigations. Late last year, in a case settled out of court, an employer agreed to certain injunctive relief and to pay monetary damages after it was sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). This came about after Read More

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