As the negative economic outlook continues to fill our news and social media feeds, many organizations are pondering what an economic shift may mean for their business. Others have moved on to the next stage of grief, acceptance, and have started to plan ahead. For some organizations, this means considering, and possibly implementing, a reorganization
Responding to #MeToo: Black Dresses, White Roses and Legislative Initiatives
In the months since the Harvey Weinstein scandal, there have been countless efforts to raise awareness of workplace sexual harassment. Actresses donned black dresses at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month to promote #MeToo and the related Time’s Up initiative. Last weekend, the music industry’s elite carried white roses at the Grammy Awards to…
McNees Podcast – Train Your Supervisors!
Employers are faced with an ever-increasing body of state and federal law governing a variety of labor and employment issues – from anti-discrimination laws, to medical leave and accommodation laws, to wage and hour laws, and much more. Do your supervisors and managers understand your organization’s legal obligations? Do they understand that their actions may…
Amendments Clarify Employers’ Background Check Obligations Under Pennsylvania Law
On July 1, 2015, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Act 15 (House Bill 1276), which amends Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) to clarify the requirements of employers and volunteer-based organizations to provide for criminal background checks and child abuse clearances of their employees and volunteers who work directly with children. Act…
Are You Using The Correct FMLA Forms?
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) recently released new forms for employers to use when their employees are in need of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). These new forms can be viewed here. So… what’s changed (besides the form expiration date), and why should your company use these forms?…
Healthcare Reform Update: The Top Five Questions Employees Will Be Asking on October 1
Employers are required to provide a notice to employees regarding coverage options under the new Health Insurance Marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act that are scheduled to be up and running on October 1. Much is uncertain about how the rollout of the Health Insurance Marketplaces will go on October 1; however, one thing is for certain: employees are likely to have many questions and misunderstandings regarding their options under the Affordable Care Act.
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DOL Issues Clarification of FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Spouses
In light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in United States v. Windsor, the U.S. Department of Labor has just issued updated guidance for employers concerning the rights of same-sex spouses under the Family and Medical Leave Act. As you may recall from our earlier blog post on the legal implications of the Windsor case, in a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage under federal law as “a legal union only between one man and one woman as husband and wife.”…
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PPACA Presentation – Countdown to 2014: PPACA Compliance Opportunities for Employers
As we discussed with attendees at our most recent health care reform compliance seminar in June, we wanted to make the presentation available to the readers of our blog. You can access the PowerPoint, “Countdown to 2014: PPACA Compliance Priorities for Employers,” by clicking through to this blog post.
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PPACA Update: Employer Shared Responsibility Mandate Delayed Until 2015
Many employers received a welcome, though temporary, reprieve yesterday, when the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced a one-year delay in the effective date of one of the key requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – the employer “shared responsibility” requirements (a.k.a. “pay or play”).
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Employers Can Use Disclaimers to Protect Customers from Employee Personal Injury Lawsuits
This post was contributed by Joseph S. Sileo, Esq., a new addition to McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC’s Labor and Employment Law Practice Group. McNees recently welcomed Joe, Jennifer LaPorta Baker and Jennifer J. Walsh in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
As employers know all too well, an employee who is injured in connection with work can receive…