Employment Law

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Offensive Social Media Posts by Pennsylvania Employees Justify Termination

“If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all,” our parents told us. Two recent Pennsylvania employment termination cases give this same advice to adult social media users. In both cases, courts upheld terminations for employees’ mean-spirited off-duty social media comments. In Carr v. Commonwealth, 230 A.3d 1075 (Pa. 2020), a PennDOT employee […]

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Do I Need to Pay Philadelphia City Wage Tax During the Pandemic?

The Covid-19 Pandemic has brought many changes to our lives, requiring masks when leaving the house, frequent hand washing, and (for many people) work from home. For suburbanites who work in the City of Philadelphia, there is an unexpected twist from Governor Wolf’s stay at home order – in the form of a tax refund. […]

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Non-Solicitation Agreements- The Third Rail of Employee Mobility Law

When an ex-employee works for a competitor, the violation of a non-compete covenant is clear-cut. But few employment contracts define what it means to “solicit”. What is a non-solicitation agreement? Non-solicitation agreements prevent a departing employee from soliciting the old employer’s customers or workforce to do business or work with a new employer. These clauses […]

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Employers Can Now Use After-Acquired Evidence in Court to Show Employee Wasn’t Qualified For the Job

The Anthony decision provides welcome support for employers who find that a discrimination plaintiff has concealed a lack of basic credentials to hold a job. In April 2020, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an employer can defeat an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim with after-acquired evidence that the ex-employee lacked a […]

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Business Owners in PA – Your Reopening Questions Answered

As PA counties move into the green phase of reopening and non-essential business commences, employers and business owners in PA have many questions. We have compiled and answered some the most important questions below. by Employment Attorneys James B. Shrimp and Thomas D. Rees 1. My business has reopened and I have an employee that […]

How does the Relief For Workers Act Affect Unemployment Compensation Claims?

The new act removes restrictions on eligibility for unemployment compensation, raises the dollar benefit amount; and increases the maximum weeks for collection.

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How the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Will Affect Local Business

The Act seeks to address the impact of coronavirus in a number of areas, but how will it affect employees, employers and their businesses in PA? On the night of Tuesday, March 17th, 2020, the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. It was passed by Congress in hopes that it will assist Americans, […]

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Employers: Does a Force Majeure Clause in Your Contract Cover You During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

The Coronavirus pandemic has upended our lives with little notice. Public events have stopped, schools and stores have closed, the financial markets have been volatile, and people are staying at home. Amid this chaos and uncertainty, how do contracts cover employer emergencies like the Coronavirus? The answer may depend on whether your contract has a […]

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Can I Collect Unemployment Compensation During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

If you meet one of the following employment statuses, you may be eligible for unemployment compensation in Pennsylvania. Both employees and employers are trying to navigate the unprecedented measures being implemented by the government to attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus (Coronavirus). With many businesses being forced to close or alter operations, […]

Employer Firearms Policies in light of Bring Your Gun to Work Laws

Employer Firearms Policies in light of Bring Your Gun to Work Laws

In their quest to keep their workplaces and their employees safe, it’s important that employers understand what they can or cannot do when it comes to restricting firearms in the workplace. Preventing violence in the workplace is (or should be) a major concern for every employer. After all, the business is the owner’s livelihood; it […]