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Lawffice Space
Pennsylvania and federal labor and employment law blog
Pennsylvania and federal labor and employment law blog

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Good employment lawyers vs. great employment lawyers
Grading papers for my employment law class forced me to think through what separated the good papers from the great papers; and then, that got me thinking "what separates great employment lawyers from good employment lawyers?" Here's what I came up with: Go...

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Lawffice Links - Some labor news
A few labor stories of interest: Long-rumored, but official as of yesterday: Andy Puzder withdrew his nomination for Secretary of Labor . He had a slew of problems, including a housekeeper who worked for him illegally, advertising campaigns for his burger j...

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SCOTUS nominee Gorsuch on extended leave as a reasonable accommodation
I don't usually cover two-year old decisions from outside of my jurisdiction, but this case has (1) a hot employment law topic; and (2) the opinion was written by Judge Gorsuch, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court. The decision is Hwang v. Kansas...

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3d Cir. on FMLA retaliation and the honest belief defense
On Monday, the Third Circuit issued a precedential opinion in Capps v. Mondelez Global, LLC . The employee had been certified for intermittent FMLA leave. One day he called off from work, invoking his intermittent FMLA leave... and proceeded to go to the lo...

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NEW CHART: EEOC Charge Data from FY 1997-2016
The EEOC just released its enforcement and litigation data for FY 2016 . You know what that means... updated chart! Overall, the number of charges increased for the second straight year to 91,503 (still far short of 99,000+ in 2010, 2011, and 2012). Not inc...

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SCOTUS on Employee Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements
On Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in a ton of cases  (16 for people who prefer precision). The exciting news on the employment law front is that the Court will hear three (now consolidated) cases addressing the issue of class action waivers in...

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Circuit split: 3d Cir. recognizes ADEA subgroup disparate impact claims
The ADEA protects employees over the age of 40 from age discrimination. In Karlo v. Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC , the Third Circuit analyzed whether a subgroup of employees older than 40 can bring a disparate impact claim: Disparate-impact claims in ADEA ca...

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Miles on Overtime Regulations Litigation
The shameless self-promotion department directs your attention to the following Pennsylvania Business Central article: Overtime in Limbo - Businesses left to wait for final decision on overtime regulations . The article includes commentary on the future of ...

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Hospital Coughs Up $300,000 in Vaccination Lawsuit
We've been here before. Employers (often hospitals) require employees to get vaccines. Some employees object on religious or disability grounds. They get fired. Litigation ensues. You can read my prior analysis of such issues here , here , or here . To cut ...

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Trump picks Puzdner for Labor
Yesterday, President Elect Donald Trump named Andy Puzdner (CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardees) to head the Department of Labor. You can read more about him via Reuters: Trump picks opponent of higher minimum wage for Labor Department . I saw a lot of chatter on...
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