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Workplace Wellness Programs – Key Legal Considerations

Wellness programs have been, and continue to be, of interest to both employees and employers. Employees are more and more aware of healthy living initiatives. Similarly, employers are being inundated with information about the importance of employee health and workplace

Posted in Labor & Employment, Wellness Programs

How to Conduct Criminal Background Checks the Right Way

Criminal background checks are helpful in not only identifying applicants who might not be suitable for a job, but in limiting the potential liability associated with negligent hiring claims. Bethany Salvatore and Bryant Andrews answer your questions about when to

Posted in Labor & Employment

Pennsylvania Court Joins Trend in Holding No-Hire Agreements are Unenforceable as a Matter of Law

On January 11, 2019, in Pittsburgh Logistics Systems, Inc. v. BeeMac Trucking, LLC and BeeMac Logistics, LLC, a panel of nine judges sitting en banc affirmed a ruling holding that a no-hire agreement between two companies was unenforceable as a

Posted in Labor & Employment

Top 10 HR Headaches for 2019

A new year always brings new headaches for HR professionals. So far, 2019 has been off to a running start with a government shutdown, the early start of the next presidential campaign and talks of major immigration reform. Here is

Posted in Labor & Employment

Job Description Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

A good job description can equip an employer with the best possible workforce available. Inaccuracies and oversights, however, can entangle your company in litigation for years. Bethany Salvatore and Bryant Andrews talk us through the importance of job descriptions here.  

Posted in Labor & Employment

Philadelphia’s Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance Targets Hospitality, Retail and Food Services Employers

In December 2018, Philadelphia enacted The Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance, which has widespread ramifications for non-exempt workers in the retail, hospitality and food services industries. The ordinance, which takes effect January 1, 2020, targets employers with at least 250

Posted in Labor & Employment, Wage and Hour

Supporting Nursing Mothers is Required by Law and Improves the Workplace

Last week, a Nevada bank teller sued her employer for allegedly violating federal anti-discrimination laws by berating her and retaliating against her for requesting a private space to pump breastmilk. This lawsuit reminds employers that various federal, state, and local

Posted in Discrimination, Labor & Employment

It’s Time To Be Creative: Historically Low Unemployment Rates Fuel New Approaches To Parental Leave

In October 2018, NPR reported that the U.S. unemployment rate had dropped to 3.7 percent, the lowest rate in 50 years.  In some states, like Colorado, where I live, the rate is even lower (3.1 percent, per Denver Post).  Record

Posted in Labor & Employment

The Importance of “Thanks-Giving” in the Workplace

Approaching the Thanksgiving holiday, many people take time to give thanks for what they have.  This is a good time to remind employers of the positive impact “giving thanks” has on their employees, work environments and their organizations’ cultures. About

Posted in Labor & Employment

The ADA and Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana: Top 5 Pitfalls for Healthcare Employers

Navigating the landscape of reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) can be particularly challenging to clients in the healthcare industry.  Need to wear a wrist brace?  In most jobs, that would be no problem; in an area

Posted in Labor & Employment
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HR Headaches is a blog for Human Resources professionals, business owners, and in-house counsel to get the latest news, analysis and tips in the area of labor and employment law. Every day there are new court decisions, agency interpretations, and regulations which affect the workplace, making it difficult, if not impossible, for many employers to keep current. HR Headaches is dedicated to providing information in a practical, no-nonsense manner to help employers avoid legal disputes and keep policies up to date.
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