You may recall that over a year ago, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to “modernize and streamline” the existing Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations, specifically with respect to the “white collar” exemptions. The FLSA’s white collar exemptions apply to covered executive, administrative, professional, and outside sales employees. To qualify for

On September 23, 2008, the EEOC filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York against Sterling Jewelers Inc., the largest specialty retail jeweler in the United States. The EEOC’s Complaint alleges that Sterling "pays its female retail sales employees less than male employees performing substantially equal work and

On September 3, 2008, the EEOC issued "a comprehensive question-and-answer guide addressing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to a wide variety of performance and conduct issues."  The guidance contains a brief introductory section that includes some general legal requirements and definitions and then sets forth 30 questions and answers on various

On July 22, 2008, the EEOC issued a new section of its Compliance Manual addressing the subject of religious discrimination. The section "provides guidance and instructions for investigating and analyzing charges alleging discrimination based on religion." The new section does not change a Pennsylvania employer’s legal obligations, imposed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of

Most Pennsylvania employers and their counsel are familiar with the overtime compensation requirements and the exemptions from these requirements established by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). The exemptions, such as the bona fide executive, professional, and administrative employee exemptions, define when employers may lawfully treat certain employees as exempt from the FLSA’s overtime compensation

On June 26, 2008, the United States Supreme Court issued a landmark decision confirming that the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to keep and bear firearms. In District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court interpreted the language of the Second Amendment for the first time in nearly 70

The scenario is a common one. An employee quits or is discharged before the end of the pay period. The employer has the employee’s final paycheck, and the employee has certain property belonging to the employer (e.g., a uniform, laptop computer, cell phone). The employer explains to the employee that it will give the employee his/her final paycheck as