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  • Tips for preparing Pennsylvania employers for Medical Marijuana Act implementation August 8, 2016
    On April 17, 2016, Governor Tom Wolf signed into law Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (the Act), making Pennsylvania the 24th state to legalize a comprehensive medical marijuana program. Although the Act went into effect on May 17, 2016, the Department of Health has until November 17, 2016 to begin publishing temporary regulations. Implementation is expected […]
    Laura E. Benson
  • ‘Tis the Season for internship programs — are they harming or helping your business? July 18, 2016
    During the summer, organizations across the country rely on interns to perform work that they would ordinarily pay an employee to perform. In years past, this practice was widely accepted as employers would argue that the interns were receiving invaluable training in exchange for their free labor, while the interns recognized this as a rite […]
    Sammy Sugiura Jr.
  • Labor Department doubles overtime pay threshold for full-time employees May 20, 2016
    The Labor Department has finalized and announced its final rule to increase the salary threshold for overtime coverage from $23,660 to $47,476.  The Department expects that the new rule will extend coverage to nearly 5 million workers, who will see either a wage hike or a reduction in hours worked. The overtime salary threshold is […]
    Katherine J. McLay
  • Eastern District Court says out-of-state employees working remotely fall under PA jurisdiction in breach of contract claim April 18, 2016
    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania recently decided a case where it had to evaluate and define jurisdictional limits in the electronic workplace.  The court issued a memorandum decision in Numeric Analytics, LLC vs. McCabe, which held that Pennsylvania courts possessed personal jurisdiction over its non-resident employees working remotely because they […]
    Katherine J. McLay
  • Avoiding unjust enrichment claims using two simple words March 22, 2016
    Ford Motor Company has proven once again that well-worded employment contracts can prevent unfavorable results in court and protect valuable intellectual property rights.  In a recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the auto manufacturer’s use of two simple words in an employment contract helped it to avoid being held liable […]
    Kenneth N. Schott, III