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What Is the Family and Medical Leave Act? Part I

December 1st, 2016

By Alidz Oshagan The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a law that requires certain employers to provide qualifying employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. This blog post is Part I of a series of posts providing a basic overview of the FMLA. Part I provides an overview of: what employees/employers…

How Will Bankruptcy Affect My Credit Rating?

November 17th, 2016

By: Robert D. Steinberg People often worry about the effect of bankruptcy on their credit rating and of course, a good credit rating is extremely helpful if you are trying to buy a house or a car. Bankruptcy is rarely the first choice for dealing with debt, and, therefore, if your attorney finds that bankruptcy is…

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Protects Public Employees’ Right to Privacy Concerning Home Addresses

October 31st, 2016

By John R. Bielski Earlier this month, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the Pennsylvania Constitution prohibits the release of public school employees’ home addresses when requested under the Right to Know Law. The decision, PSEA v. Commonwealth, represents a significant victory for all public employees in the Commonwealth as it prohibits the release of personal,…

Pennsylvania Unilateral No-Fault Divorce Now Requires Only a 1-Year Waiting Period

October 20th, 2016

By Aneesah El-Amin-Jaamia On October 4, 2016, a new bill was signed into law, which reduces the required waiting period to obtain a unilateral, no-fault divorce, based upon the separation of the parties, from two-years to one-year. The new law takes effect in early December 2016. Under the existing law, parties seeking a no-fault divorce…

Restraints on Workers’ Compensation Statute Invalidated

October 10th, 2016

By Alaine S. Williams There has been increasing movement on a national basis to reduce workers’ compensation benefits in various ways. These have taken the form of, for example, reductions in benefits, exclusions of certain conditions from coverage, more stringent reporting requirements, reduced eligibility periods, and – the most draconian – authorization for employers to opt-out…

U.S. Census Bureau Announces Large Economic Gains at Every Income Level

September 23rd, 2016

By Andrew Gniewek The United States Census Bureau recently released data demonstrating the largest economic gains the United States has experienced in nearly a generation, as poverty fell, health insurance coverage spread and incomes rose sharply for U.S. households at every income level. The historic gains ended years of stagnation following the greatest recession since…

Lower Merion School District Tax Increase Litigation Puts Act 1 in the Spotlight

September 15th, 2016

By Lauren Hoye Recent litigation involving the School District of Lower Merion has brought Pennsylvania’s Act 1 of 2006, the statute that establishes the rate and process by which school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may increase taxes, into the spotlight. In February of this year, Lower Merion Township resident Arthur Wolk filed a…

NLRB: Columbia University Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants Have Collective Bargaining Rights Under NLRA

September 12th, 2016

By Alidz Oshagan On August 23, 2016, the National Labor Relations Board held in Columbia University that teaching and research assistants at Columbia University are employees and entitled to collective bargaining rights under the National Labor Relations Act. Thanks to the Board’s Columbia University decision, thousands of teaching and research assistants at private universities across…

Decision in Vergara v. California Hands Major Victory to Teachers and Teacher Unions

September 1st, 2016

By Lauren Hoye On Monday, August 22, 2016, the highest state court in California, the California Supreme Court, voted 4 to 3 to decline hearing an appeal in a lawsuit challenging California’s teacher protection laws. In what is a major victory for teachers and teacher unions, the California Supreme Court ruled in Vergara v. California…

Chicago to Provide Paid Sick Leave

August 4th, 2016

By Alidz Oshagan On June 22, 2016, Chicago City Council voted to amend the Chicago Minimum Wage Ordinance to provide paid sick leave to more than 400,000 Chicago workers. Starting on July 1, 2017, Chicago workers will accrue one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours worked, capped at five paid sick days…

   
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