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Say “So Long” to Salary History Inquiries: Philadelphia Set to Become the First City to Ban Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Prior Earnings

Posted in Uncategorized, Wage & Hour, Wage Equity Ordinance
For over fifty years, federal legislation has prohibited wage discrimination based on gender. Specifically, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 requires equal pay for equal work performed by men and women working in the same establishment. Despite the federal protections for pay equity, there remains an obvious wage gap between men and women. Although women… Continue Reading

Win, Lose or Draw? How will the 2016 Election Impact Your Business

Posted in Fair Labor Standards Act, Immigration, NLRB, Uncategorized, Wage & Hour
On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel’s Labor Relations and Employment Department will host a discussion on the upcoming presidential race and what employers can expect from a Democratic or Republican victory.  The stakes are high this year as labor relations, overtime rules, the FLSA, immigration and other areas could all see major… Continue Reading

Pokémon No! A Strategy Guide on Handling the Latest Smartphone Craze in the Workplace

Posted in Discrimination, Uncategorized
Although Pokémon Go is only 21 days young, over 30 million users have downloaded and played the augmented reality game on their smartphones.  In the latest release of the pocket monster franchise, your mission is to capture and train pokémon—facsimiles of real and fictional creatures ranging from caterpillars and pigeons to electric mice and water… Continue Reading

WORKPLACE SCENTS AND SENSIBILITY

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Reasonable Accommodation, Uncategorized
Spring is beginning to bloom and for many of us this means taking time to stop and smell the flowers. However, those delightful smells of spring can trigger annoying and sometimes painful physical reactions for many who suffer from asthma and allergies.  The fresh (almost) spring air reminds us here at HR Legalist that many… Continue Reading

Employers, Handle With Care: Philadelphia Gives Added Protections to Job Applicants with Criminal Histories

Posted in Ban the Box, Uncategorized, Workplace Policies
On December 15, 2015, Mayor Michael Nutter signed off on several amendments to Philadelphia’s 2012 Fair Criminal Records Screening Standards Ordinance. The 2012 Ordinance was enacted to prevent discrimination against job applicants with criminal records, as it barred Philadelphia employers from making inquiries into applicants’ criminal histories during the application process. At the time that… Continue Reading

“Do Unto Others”: Philadelphia Holds First Ever Day of Kindness

Posted in Uncategorized
Yesterday, the City of Philadelphia held its first ever Day of Kindness, the goal of which was to inspire individuals, civic groups and companies to engage in acts of kindness. While spending a day focused on kindness may not seem like a productive use of company time, many employers don’t realize the detrimental effect that… Continue Reading

“Like” it or Not? Tips for Addressing Employee Social Media Use

Posted in Social Media, Uncategorized
At first, employee social media use sounds like a matter of common sense. Candidates for a job should be careful what they post on social media sites, and make sure they’re not sharing any unsavory details about their past with potential employers. Once hired, employees shouldn’t “over-share” about their job responsibilities, supervisors, co-workers and clients,… Continue Reading

Third Circuit Issues Employer-Friendly Ruling in Discrimination and Retaliation Case

Posted in Uncategorized
On August 12, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals issued a precedential opinion in Jones v. SEPTA, a discrimination and retaliation claim brought by a former employee of the Philadelphia-area transit agency. The Third Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the employee’s claims, and addressed two key legal issues: (1) whether suspensions with pay are… Continue Reading

WARNING: Don’t Forget About OSHA’s Crowd Safety Requirements During The Black Friday Frenzy

Posted in Uncategorized
Every year, Black Friday, the annual day-after Thanksgiving sales event, draws a record number of shoppers. In 2013, the National Retail Federation reported that 137 million shoppers participated in Black Friday. With the number of customers reaching record highs and prices at seasonal lows, employers should beware of the inevitable crowd management issues that Black… Continue Reading

Bah Humbug! The Top 5 Things to Keep in Mind When Planning an Office Holiday Party

Posted in Uncategorized, Workplace Policies
Last year HRLegalist offered Eight Tips for a Problem-Free Office Holiday Celebration. This year we’ve complemented that most excellent advice with a few more suggestions to help your company foster a festive holiday spirit while avoiding headaches – of the legal and literal variety! Office holiday parties can be an opportunity to celebrate and bond… Continue Reading

Executive Action on Immigration Expected as Early as This Week

Posted in Immigration, Uncategorized
President Obama is preparing to announce a 10-point plan to overhaul U.S. immigration policy via executive action, according to a draft proposal, that could add as many as five million new legal workers. The president is expected to make the announcement shortly after his return from the Asia Summit. Our readers doubtless are aware that… Continue Reading

Updated New Jersey Poster Required – Minimum Wage Increase Coming!

Posted in Uncategorized, Wage & Hour
An updated Wage and Hour Law Abstract poster has recently been issued by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The poster now reflects the new minimum wage of $8.38, which is effective January 1, 2015—this is an increase of 13 cents an hour from the current minimum wage of $8.25. Employers are… Continue Reading

Restrictive Covenant Enforcement: It’s About More Than Just Limits Of Time And Geography

Posted in Employee Leave Management, Hiring, Noncompetition Agreements, Restrictive Covenants, Uncategorized
Employers spend substantial resources training employees to fit the goals of their organizations. Often times, this includes providing the employee access to confidential information, introducing the employee to key business contacts, or providing the employee with specialized instruction on how to efficiently and effectively perform the role. Post-employment restrictive covenants, such as non-competition and non-solicitation… Continue Reading

Prepare, Don’t Panic – Seven Tips for Ebola Preparedness in the Workplace

Posted in Ebola, Employee Leave Management, Uncategorized, Workplace Policies
While there have only been four confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States, public concern about the potential spread of the virus has been growing rapidly. Most experts agree that the U.S. health system is well-equipped to contain Ebola, which spreads only through direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person who is both… Continue Reading

The Trend Continues … Pittsburgh Passes Pregnancy Accommodation Legislation

Posted in Pregnancy Discrimination, Uncategorized
Earlier this month, the Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed two city ordinances requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations for pregnant workers. The new legislation provides for temporary job restructuring and modified work schedules for pregnant employees, as well as granting pregnant workers access to drinking water, uncompensated breaks, and assistance with heavy lifting requirements.… Continue Reading

Please Nominate HRLegalist for the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100!

Posted in Uncategorized
It’s that time of year again when the American Bar Association (ABA) is seeking nominations to help it decide on the top 100 legal blogs. The ABA is accepting nominations from now until August 8, 2014. Please consider nominating HRLegalist by filling out the form located here. The submission takes less than a minute to complete and we will be… Continue Reading