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Philadelphia prevailing wage law expanded, impact on employers to be determined

Carrie Salls Nov. 22, 2016, 8:19am

Although it is too soon to tell whether a prevailing wage ordinance signed by Mayor Jim Kenney on Oct. 27 will force any affected employers in the city to resort to layoffs, Fisher & Phillips LLP associate Gregory D. Hanscom said it's possible.  

Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejects part of law allowing grandparents to seek custody in separation

Carrie Salls Nov. 17, 2016, 9:04am

HARRISBURG – A Sept. 9 Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that declared a statute allowing grandparents to seek partial custody of the children of separated parents unconstitutional figures to have a significant impact on grandparents’ custody rights.

Voters OK increase in judicial mandatory retirement age

Carrie Salls Nov. 17, 2016, 8:57am

HARRISBURG – After a protracted legal battle regarding the proper wording of a ballot question related to the mandatory retirement age for judges in Pennsylvania, voters in the commonwealth narrowly passed an increase in the retirement age to 75 from 70.

Lisnr CEO says class action over Indianapolis Colts app 'just a really bad lawsuit'

Carrie Salls Nov. 10, 2016, 2:01pm

PITTSBURGH – The chief executive officer of Lisnr Inc., one of three parties along with Indianapolis Colts Inc. and Yinzcam Inc. named as defendants in a class-action lawsuit claiming that a mobile app can listen in on the user’s conversations without consent, said the lawsuit contains a lot of false information.

Attorney: Merck win over 'whistleblower' a sensible ruling and valuable precedent

Carrie Salls Nov. 10, 2016, 1:45pm

PHILADELPHIA – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled in favor of Merck & Co. on Oct. 18 in a lawsuit alleging the company violated securities laws and retaliated against a whistleblower.  

Art Institute of Pittsburgh employees' discrimination claims allowed to go to court

Carrie Salls Nov. 10, 2016, 1:40pm

PITTSBURGH – Two Education Management Corp. employees have been given the green light to sue their employer in court because they opposed a policy requiring that disputes be sent to binding arbitration.

Pa. McDonald's franchises facing possibly more than $1M after paying employees with debit cards

Carrie Salls Nov. 8, 2016, 2:17pm

WILKES-BARRE – A recent Pennsylvania Superior Court ruling related to the practice of paying employees with debit cards by 16 McDonald’s franchisees in the Commonwealth could mean a payday of more than $1 million for thousands of current and former employees at those restaurants.   

Attorney: Third Circuit threatens business model of franchising

Carrie Salls Nov. 1, 2016, 12:01pm

PHILADELPHIA – A divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently granted class certification in a case against Jani-King of Philadelphia that alleges the company’s franchisees were improperly being classified as independent contractors.

Reduction in divorce waiting period aimed at ending conflict for children, families

Carrie Salls Oct. 26, 2016, 1:19pm

HARRISBURG – For J. Paul Helvy, the chairman of the Family Law Practice Group at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLS and the immediate past chairman of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Family Law Section, the fight for a reduction in the divorce waiting period in the state was primarily about children and the overall well-being of families.  

Expert: Decision to abandon Penn State Hershey/Pinnacle merger 'not particularly surprising'

Carrie Salls Oct. 26, 2016, 1:09pm

HARRISBURG – Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health system abandoned their proposed merger after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit overturned a district court order denying a preliminary injunction against the merger.

FTC wins preliminary injunction against Penn State Hershey/Pinnacle merger

Carrie Salls Oct. 7, 2016, 8:17am

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit handed the Federal Trade Commission and the Pennsylvania attorney general a major victory when it overturned a U.S. district court order denying the FTC and AG’s request to stop a merger between the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health System.

Website ADA compliance cases spike; ruling seen as 'not a good sign' for defendants

Carrie Salls Oct. 5, 2016, 7:49am

Pennsylvania is one of three states, along with New York and California, where Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits filed in connection with allegedly inaccessible websites have steadily increased.

Primanti Bros. could have significant liability for alleged wage law violations, worker advocate says

Carrie Salls Sep. 29, 2016, 10:13am

PITTSBURGH – If the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit filed against Primanti Bros. can prove alleged wage law violations, the company will likely face significant liability, according to a senior adviser for the organization Workplace Fairness.  

Attorney says Eastern University knew of alleged overtime pay violations

Carrie Salls Sep. 20, 2016, 10:04am

PHILADELPHIA – An attorney for a former maintenance worker who filed a lawsuit raising allegations of wage law violations against Eastern University, a private Christian school in St. Davids, said the university had been notified that it was not complying with overtime laws.

Urban Outfitters claims commitment to employees in response to medical leave lawsuit

Carrie Salls Sep. 16, 2016, 9:52am

PHILADELPHIA – Urban Outfitters Inc. defended its treatment of employees when asked for a response to a complaint filed by a former employee that raised allegations that the company violated the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Lock Haven lawsuit saga seen as reflecting issues unique to academia

Carrie Salls Sep. 14, 2016, 1:06pm

HARRISBURG – A senior adviser for the organization Workplace Fairness believes issues unique to academia likely contributed to multiple lawsuits being filed against Lock Haven University by an employee of the school.

Court finds no religious endorsement by Shickshinny over sign giving directions to church

Carrie Salls Sep. 13, 2016, 9:00am

SHICKSHINNY – A former Shickshinny Borough council member has lost her fight to have a sign that was approved and installed by the town, which gave directions to a church, declared a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

Philadelphia teacher's reinstatement serves as reminder for schools to follow termination laws

Carrie Salls Sep. 9, 2016, 8:36am

PHILADELPHIA – A recent Commonwealth Court ruling that reinstated a Philadelphia teacher stands as a clear reminder to school districts of the importance of following the proper employee termination laws and procedures.

Penn among universities targeted by class action lawyers over pension plans

Carrie Salls Sep. 2, 2016, 9:38am

PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania is one of several universities being sued by employees amid allegations that the schools’ retirement plans come with excessive fees.

Plaintiffs' attorney says SEPTA hiring decision affects civil and privacy rights, goes against state edict

Carrie Salls Aug. 26, 2016, 11:33am

PHILADELPHIA – The use of background checks in making hiring decisions is facing increased scrutiny, according to the lead plaintiffs’ attorney in Long v. the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).