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2016

Washington County Property Tax Assessment Appeals- Deadline to File is August 10, 2016

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Retaliation Charges Most Common Type of Discrimination Charges Filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

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Department of Labor Publishes Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Establish Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

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National Labor Relations Board Decision Highlights Risks of Disciplining Employees for Social Media Posts

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Department of Labor’s Draft Final Overtime Rule Moves Closer to Release

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Pennsylvania Governor Signs Executive Orders Establishing Protections for LGBT Workers

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Pennsylvania Extends Comment Period by 15 Days on Oil & Gas Regulations

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Eastern District of Pennsylvania Allows Employee to Proceed with Breach of Non-Disparagement Claim

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EEOC Proposal Seeks Pay Data from Large Employers

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Department of Labor’s “Pay Transparency” Regulations Now Effective

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Third Circuit Addresses Joint Employment in Context of Title VII

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DOL Issues Fact Sheet Focused on Joint Employer Responsibilities Under the FMLA

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Wage and Hour Division’s First Administrator’s Interpretation of 2016 Highlights Joint Employment

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H-1B Season is On the Horizon

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Magistrate Judge Recommends Granting Class Certification in Title III ADA Parking Lot Slope Litigation

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ADA Title III Lawsuit Filed Challenging the Accessibility of a Public Accommodation’s Website

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Authority to Regulate Demand Response Programs in Wholesale Markets

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Update on West Virginia Pooling Legislation

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Supreme Court to Revisit Decades-Old Union Fee Issue

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Pennsylvania Phases Out Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise Tax

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2015

Estate Planning Law Changes Concerning Estate and Gift Tax, the $100,000 IRA Charitable Rollover and Inherited Basis Reporting Requirements

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U.S. House of Representatives Passes "Omnibus Spending Bill"

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Congress Poised to Extend Tax Credits for Renewable Energy Projects

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Congress to Extend Tax Credits for Economic Development, Housing

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Natural Gas Severance Tax Bill Introduced in the Pennsylvania House

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Effective Date of Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act Delayed to March

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Department of Justice Delays Development of Title III Web Accessibility Rule Until 2018

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Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act to Take Effect in January

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Ohio Supreme Court Rules on Ohio Dormant Minerals Act Case: Chesapeake Exploration, LLC. et al. v. Buell et al., 2015-Ohio-4551

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Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Develops Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force

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Regulation Crowdfunding

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President Barack Obama Issues Executive Order Establishing Paid Sick Leave for Federal Contractors

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New Law Requires Consistent Tax Basis Reporting

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Additional Information on Pittsburgh's Paid Sick Days Act

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Bankruptcy and Credit Scores

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Internal Revenue Service Expected to Restrict Discounts on Transfers of Closely-Held Business Interests

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Pittsburgh City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Bill on Monday, August 3, 2015

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When a Customer Files for Bankruptcy

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Most Independent Contractors are Misclassified, Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division Says

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Should You File for Bankruptcy?

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Department of Labor Proposes Major Changes to White Collar Exemption from Overtime

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Department of Labor Proposes Major Changes to White Collar Exemption from Overtime

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Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare and Related Tax Subsidies

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Supreme Court of Ohio Rules on Ohio Dormant Minerals Act Case

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June 30th Deadline to File Foreign Bank and Financial Account Report

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Department of Labor Publishes New Model FMLA Forms

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Third Circuit Provides Further Guidance on the Issue of “Overnight Stays” under the Family and Medical Leave Act

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Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs Provides Guidance to Federal Contractors on New Affirmative Action Requirements

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Applicant on Religious Discrimination Claim

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May 31, 2015 Deadline for Trademark Holders to Acquire Potentially Damaging Website Domain Suffix (".SUCKS")

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How Businesses Can Protect Themselves from Devastating Data Security Incidents

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Stay Tuned: Notable Developments with the U.S. Department of Labor

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Reminder: Federal Contractors Have an Obligation to Record Labor and Employment Law Violations

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National Labor Relations Board Counsel Memorandum Sheds Light on Handbook Provisions It Considers to be Problematic

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U.S. Department of Labor Issues New Regulations to Revise FMLA Definition of “Spouse”

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Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Accommodating Pregnant Workers In Its Decision in Young v. UPS

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Pennsylvania Extends Comment Period by 15 Days on Oil & Gas Regulations

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Is Your Regulatory House in Order?

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SEC on the Prowl for Retaliation Actions: Are You Protected or Prepared To Defend?

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Forced Pooling Not Permitted in West Virginia

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Releases Draft Revisions of the Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites

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Ohio Supreme Court Accepts Appeals of Two Cases Concerning Ohio Dormant Mineral Act

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West Virginia Senate Bill 423 Will Scale Back Regulations on New Aboveground Storage Tanks

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Federal Regulatory Energy Commission Update

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Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future v. Ultra Resources

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Governor Tom Wolf Releases First Budget (2015-2016)

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Department of Homeland Security to Grant Employment Authorization Documents to Select H-4 Visa Status Spouses of H1-B Nonimmigrants

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OSHA's New Reporting Rules: When a Report Will Result in an Inspection

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rules Unanimously on Harrison v. Cabot

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Ohio Supreme Court Issues Opinion Regarding Municipalities Discriminating Against Oil and Gas Activities and Operations

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Recent Case Law and Legislation in the Oil & Gas Industry

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Pennsylvania’s Act 95 Makes Changes to Durable Powers of Attorney Executed On or After January 1, 2015

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Pennsylvania’s Act 95 Makes Changes to Durable Powers of Attorney Executed On or After January 1, 2015

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WVDEP Division of Air Quality’s Draft of the Natural Gas Facility Class II General Permit G80-A

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Landmark Changes to Sex Discrimination Rules for Federal Contractors; OFCCP Proposes First Revisions in 40 Years

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2014

Hydraulic Fracturing Ban in New York

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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Issues New Guidelines on Patent Eligibility; Does Not Address Diagnostic Claims

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New Protections for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of Employees Working on Federal Contracts

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Christopher Channel Publishes White Paper on Changes in Pennsylvania Products Liability Law

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Corporate & Organizational Investigations Practice Group Publishes White Paper on Internal Investigations: Five Tangible Benefits of Responding Promptly and Decisively to Reports of Misconduct

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New Web-Based Phone Scam Could Cost Small Businesses Six-Figure Damages

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OSHA Announces Final Rule Amending Recordkeeping Standard

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IRS Issues New Guidance Regarding Beginning of Construction Requirement for PTC/ITC

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U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates President Barack Obama’s Recess Appointments to NLRB

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U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates President Barack Obama’s Recess Appointments to NLRB

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Proposed Rule Implementing Executive Order Raising Minimum Wage Clarifies Covered Entities and Obligations

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Proposed Rule Implementing Executive Order Raising Minimum Wage Clarifies Covered Entities and Obligations

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Navigating the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance

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Navigating the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and the EEOC’s Enforcement Guidance

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PA Superior Court Holds Intent to be Legally Bound Insufficient Consideration for Purposes of Non-Compete

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PA Superior Court Holds Intent to be Legally Bound Insufficient Consideration for Purposes of Non-Compete

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Pennsylvania District Court Holds State’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

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Pennsylvania District Court Holds State’s Ban on Same-Sex Marriage Unconstitutional

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Offshore Bank Accounts Must Be Reported By June 30, 2014

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Offshore Bank Accounts Must Be Reported By June 30, 2014

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New DFARS Rule: Detection and Avoidance of Counterfeit Electronic Parts

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The Department of Justice Files a Statement of Interest in Support of ADA Title III Point-of-Sale Litigation

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The Importance of Registering Your Trademark in Foreign Countries

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Property owners Should Not Assume Assessment Amount is Accurate Reflection of Property Value.

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President Obama Expected to Direct D.O.L. to Strengthen Overtime Pay Protections for Millions of Salaried Exempt Workers

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Supreme Court Rules on “Donning and Doffing”

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Pennsylvania Federal Court Strictly Interprets FCRA Disclosure Requirements

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Sunset to Sunrise Hospital Stay Required for “Inpatient Care” Under FMLA

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EEOC Scrutiny of Separation Agreements Continues

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Is Your Privately Owned Business in Compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act?

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President Signs New Executive Order Increasing Federally Contracted Workers' Wages to $10.10

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American Tax Relief Act of 2012: Portability of Applicable Exclusion Amount Between Spouses

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A Primer on the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership

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2013

Supreme Court Rules on Construction Contract Forum Selection Clause Enforcement

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California Provides New Tax Credits for Investment and Job Creation

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California’s Revised Uniform LLC Act Takes Effect On January 1, 2014

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OSHA’s Proposed Rule Creates Enforcement Blueprint

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PA House Bill 1060 Passes 113-85

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E-Verify Unavailable During Government Shutdown

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U.S. Department of Labor Adopts New Regulations Regarding Hiring Benchmarks for Veteran and Disabled Employees

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End of Summer Round-up: Recent Supreme Court Rulings Establish More Onerous Burden for Plaintiffs Pursuing Discrimination and Retaliation Claims Against Employers

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NLRB Introduces Smartphone App to Inform Workers of Their Rights

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Differing Marriage Recognition Standards May Cause Headaches for Employers

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Deadline Approaching for Unemployment Tax Amnesty Program

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Courts Provide Balance to OSHA’s Emphasis on Enforcement

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Several Affordable Care Act Information Reporting Requirements to be Suspended Until 2015

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules The Defense of Marriage Act is Unconstitutional - How is a Human Resources Department Supposed to Cope?

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Governor Corbett Signs Budget by June 30 Deadline, But Liquor Sales Reform, Transportation and Other Bills Delayed to the Fall

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Are You in the "Race to the Patent Office?"

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Plan Review Recommended for Employers with Self-Insured Medical Plans

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Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) Now Available for Employers

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OFCCP Joins EEOC on Criminal Background Checks

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President Obama’s NLRB Recess Appointments Held Unconstitutional – Now What?

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New FMLA Regulations, Poster Effective March 8, 2013

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Corbett Continues Efforts to Keep Government Lean and Promote Business

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Congress and President Avert “Fiscal Cliff” at Eleventh Hour

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2012

Post-Election Income and Estate Tax Planning: Important Considerations for High Net Worth Individuals

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Reminder: ‘Tis the Season for Flu Shots

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Reminder: Regulating Political Speech in the Workplace

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Election Day Is Around the Corner: Are You Required to Give Your Employees Time Off to Vote?

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National Labor Relations Board Carefully Examines At-Will Employment Clauses in Employee Handbooks

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IRS Provides Guidance for Employers Regarding New Limitation on Salary Reduction Contributions to Health Flexible Spending Accounts

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National Labor Relations Board Determines Costco’s Social Media Policy Violates National Labor Relations Act

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Fluctuating Workweek Method of Overtime Pay Found Unlawful under Pennsylvania’s Minimum Wage Act

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Legislature Approves Public-Private Partnerships for Transportation Projects in Pennsylvania

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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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Private Firm Records Can Be Made Public

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Pennsylvania State Budget Talks

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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law

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NLRB Posting Requirement Delayed Yet Again

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OSHA Amends the Hazard Communication Standard

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Update: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues Fiscal Year 2011 Statistics and 2012 Priorities

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Employee Who Requests Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) Leave Prior to Becoming Eligible for Leave Has Engaged in Protected Activity

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The Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs Issues New Round of Corporate Announcement Scheduling Letters

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Third Circuit Indicates That Public Agency Supervisors May Be Individually Liable Under the Family and Medical Leave Act

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Recent Changes to Pennsylvania Law Affecting Severance Pay and Unemployment Compensation

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U.S. Department of Labor Proposes New Rules to Carry Out 2009 Family and Medical Leave Act Changes for Military Caregivers and Airline Flight Workers

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National Labor Relations Board Delays New Posting Notice Requirement A Second Time

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Governor Corbett Releases 2013 State Budget and Welcomes New Gas Drilling Bill

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Highlights of House Bill 1950 (Amending Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Consolidated Statutes)

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Highlights of the Governor’s Proposed 2013 State Budget

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Opportunity to Comment on the Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs’ Proposed Regulations Under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act Extended Until February 21, 2012

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2011

OFCCP Issues Proposed Rules Governing Affirmative Action Efforts Required by Federal Contractors

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2012 State Minimum Wage Increases

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On the Docket – Supreme Court to Resolve Significant Split Over FLSA Exemption

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Employers – Be Careful with Holiday Party Planning to Minimize Potential Liability

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Pennsylvania Employers: New Withholding Requirements Under Act 32 Become Effective January 1, 2012

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Employment Cases Likely to Move Faster in the Western District of Pennsylvania

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A Primer on the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement

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Recent Expansion in Definition of an "Insider"

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Employers: Be Wary of Vaccine Mandates

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Employers Must Proceed with Caution When Considering Applying for the IRS' New Voluntary Compliance Program for "Misclassified" Employees

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NLRA Posting Notice Requirement Delayed Until January 31, 2012

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What Is the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit?

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The Renewable Energy Grant Program: A Primer

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The Pennsylvania Fair Share Act: What You Need to Know

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Important Considerations Involving the Sale or Lease of Subsurface Property Rights

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2010

Countrywide and Wells Fargo Accused of Wage and Hour Violations

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How the HIRE Act Can Benefit Your Business

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Estate Tax Repeal

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Nanny Tax

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ILIT- Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Incidents of Ownership

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Estate Tax Planning Opportunities During the Downturn

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Pennsylvania Offers Tax Amnesty Program through June 18, 2010

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2009

COBRA Changes Effective July 2010: Pennsylvania Passes a “Mini-Cobra” Law in Response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

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COBRA Deadline Approaching: Individuals Who Experienced a Qualifying COBRA Event Prior to February 17, 2009 Must Receive a Notice Outlining the Premium Assistance Available Under ARRA No Later than April 18, 2009

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2008

Fair Labor Standards Act Alert: Balancing the Benefit of a Mobile Workforce with FLSA Compliance Challenges

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OSHA Update: Employers Must Post Injury/Illness Summaries Beginning Feb. 1, 2008

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New FMLA Amendment Affects Military Families

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