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New Jersey and Philadelphia Rules for Marijuana Screening of Employees

As society changes its views on marijuana, employers in the Delaware Valley and across the country need to adopt new policies regarding how they handle employees who use the substance. Both New Jersey and Philadelphia are making that happen. New Jersey enacted the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory, Enforcement Assistance, and Marketplace Modernization Act (the NJ Read More

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Can Your Employer Require You to Get Vaccinated?

By now we’ve all heard of some of the perks associated with getting the COVID-19 vaccine: free donuts, French fries and lottery tickets. Even the White House is teaming up with Anheuser-Busch to “buy America’s next round of beer” when 70% of the U.S. adult population has been vaccinated. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has Read More

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DACA Program Faces Uncertain Future

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program currently protects over 800,000 young immigrants, known as Dreamers, from deportation or removal from the United States. On Friday, July 16th, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled in favor of a challenge by nine states, holding that the DACA program is an illegal exercise of Presidential authority. Read More

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Philadelphia 2022 Budget Proposal

Mayor Jim Kenney presented his proposed budget for 2022 to the Philadelphia City Counsel on April 15. The Covid-19 Pandemic caused a $750 million shortfall for last year’s budget and caused the Mayor’s Office to redo the budget it proposed just before the Pandemic began to affect Philadelphia. This year’s budget shortfall was anticipated to Read More

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Business Tax Credits for Offering Paid Time Off in Order for Employees to be Vaccinated

Vaccination rates have slowed in the past few weeks. America is averaging about three million vaccinations per day after reaching over 4.5 million doses a day in early April. Time off and financial restraints have become a sticking point for many individuals who have yet to receive their first dose. In response, President Biden put Read More

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Biden Administration Lifts Ban on H-1B and Other Non-Immigrant Visas

On April 1, 2021, President Biden allowed President Trump’s June 2020 Executive Order banning the issuance of new H-1B and other non-immigrant visas to expire. President Trump had initially issued the Executive Order for a period of 60 days, however it had been thereafter extended until December 2020, and again until March 31, 2021. The Read More

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Do You Need COBRA Assistance?

COBRA (the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985) is the federal law which permits employees (and their dependents) who lose health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits in certain situations. Among those circumstances are voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, a transition between jobs, and other Read More

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Employer Responsibilities When Employees Work from Home

The last year has seen many employers and employees quickly dive into a new way of working. Employers have had to develop and adopt technology strategies that could be used to get work done remotely. Employees had to acclimatize to new technologies, platforms, and strategies to work from home while helping children with schoolwork, quieting Read More

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New and Old Workplace “Normal”

Among the many new “normals’ resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic is the number of employees working remotely. But while the workplace dynamic may have changed, the workplace rules have not. In addition to dealing with the new complicated extra requirements and restrictions in place to protect all of us, employers must remember to comply with Read More

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What New Jersey Businesses and Employees Need to Know About New Orders to Protect Jersey’s Workforce During the COVID-19 Pandemic

New Jersey instituted new Covid-19 requirements for businesses and the State over the past week in order in order to stem the fall surge in Coronavirus cases. On Wednesday, October 28, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order 192 Protect New Jersey’s Workforce During the COVID-19 Pandemic (the “Executive Order”), and the New Jersey State Read More

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