Late last year, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives introduced legislation to ban non-compete agreements between employers and their employees, citing the Commonwealth’s “strong interest in promoting unrestricted trade and mobility of employees in the work force as well as promoting businesses’ abilities to seek the best qualified candidates for employment.” A non-compete agreement, or covenant
According to the 2017 Annual Report of Workers Compensation and Workplace Safety published by the PA Department of Labor, there were 174,216 cases reported in 2017. There were 159, 170 injuries in 2016. That’s an increase of 15,046. 2017 was the second highest number of reported injuries in the last ten years. Over that time,
If you work for an employer covered by the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), and you are an eligible employee, you can take up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave in any 12-month period for a variety of serious health conditions for you or certain members of your family. As long as you are able
By Melissa A. Derby, Esquire There is good news for people who have criminal records. Pennsylvania recently expanded the types of criminal records that can be sealed in order to provide ex-offenders greater opportunity to join the workforce. The new law allows records of misdemeanor guilty pleas and convictions to be sealed. The law
Pennsylvania employees have the right to review files held by their employers that contain information about themselves pursuant to Pennsylvania’s Personnel Files Act. The Act has generally been applied to current employees. The ability of a terminated employee to review their personnel file remained unclear until the Commonwealth Court recently provided some additional guidance. In
In 2014, the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (“WHD”) found over $240 million in back wages for more than 270,000 workers. That’s an average of more than $659,000 in back wages for workers every day. From 2009 to 2014, there was a 23% increase in WHD investigations of employers. In
Check out this article by Michael E. Fiffik, Esquire to find out if your business could be affected by the proposed rule change.
If you have at least one employee, you’re responsible for payroll taxes. These include withholding federal (and, where appropriate, state) income taxes and FICA tax from employees’ wages as well as paying the employer share of FICA tax and federal and state unemployment taxes. The responsibility is great and the penalties for missteps make it