Archive for the ‘Labor and Employment Law’ Category

COVID-19 Update: Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Expanded Eligibility for Benefits

access_time Posted on: April 20th, 2020

COVID-13 Update: Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) – Expanded Eligibility for Benefits Pursuant to the CARES Act, unemployment compensation benefits are now available for individuals in Pennsylvania who cannot work as a direct result of COVID-19, but who are not normally eligible for unemployment benefits (i.e. independent contractors, self-employed, workers with limited work history, and others). The Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program has been created to extend temporary, federally-funded benefits to these previously ineligible groups. An applicant is eligible if any of the following apply: Independent contractor, self-employed, 1099 filer, or farmer and affected by COVID-19,Someone in the household… read more »

COVID-19 Update: DOH Order Requiring Worker Safety Interventions

access_time Posted on: April 16th, 2020

The Secretary of the Department of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, signed an order to protect critical workers employed at businesses authorized to continue in-person operations during Governor Wolf’s closure order.  The order provides protections to keep employees at life-sustaining businesses safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The order requires employers to: Provide masks for employees and mandate that they be worn at all times during work, except when taking a break to eat or drink. (Employees may wear their own masks if the employer finds them to be compliant with the Department of Health and CDC guidance.)Prevent large… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act: DOL Publishes Required Employer Notices & FAQs

access_time Posted on: March 27th, 2020

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: DOL Publishes Employer Notices and FAQs The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law March 18th, 2020. Section 5103 of that Act states that within 7 days of the enactment, the Department of Labor would provide model notices for employers to communicate key provisions to employees.  Those notices are now available – one for the private sector and the other for federal workers:  Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) Federal Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical… read more »

COVID-19 Update: What Is a “Life Sustaining” Business?

access_time Posted on: March 24th, 2020

COVID-19: What is a “life sustaining” business? In the wake of Governor Wolf’s March 19, 2020 Order mandating closures for COVID-19 mitigation, which was amended March 20, 2020, to close all but “life sustaining” businesses, many Pennsylvania companies have been left without clear guidance as to whether they are required to close or not. Some business, like hospitals and grocery stores, clearly fall in the “life sustaining” category, while others, like movie theatres and retail clothing stores, clearly do not.  For businesses that do not fall into such clear categories, the Commonwealth’s list of “life sustaining” businesses does not necessarily… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

access_time Posted on: March 21st, 2020

On March 18, 2020, Congress passed the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act,” which provides free COVID-19 testing, increases Medicaid funding, and expands food security initiatives and support for those impacted by the COVID-19 public emergency.  The law also provides paid leave and enhances access to unemployment insurance for employees. The key provisions impacting employers are summarized below.   Emergency Paid Sick Leave ActThe section of the law entitled “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act,” requires employers to provide employees with paid sick leave for absences related to COVID-19 until December 31, 2020. Covered Employers: Defined as private employers with fewer than 500 employees and government… read more »

COVID-19 Update: Workplace Response to COVID-19/ Coronavirus

access_time Posted on: March 17th, 2020

As of this writing, the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. There are nearly 1700 cases in the US and 22 cases in Pennsylvania. That number is expected to continue to rise, particularly as testing protocols improve. On a local level, Pennsylvania has experienced multiple school and business closures, Maryland and Ohio have suspended public school classes, and in nearby Montgomery County all schools, gyms, and daycare centers have closed and officials are asking all non-essential businesses to offer paid sick leave and allow employees to work from home.  Nationally, numerous resorts, theme parks and cruise lines… read more »

Labor and Employment Law Seminar: Where Leadership and the Law Intersect

access_time Posted on: October 20th, 2019

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 8:30 am – 1:00 p.m. Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road, York, PA 17403 Please join attorneys Zachary Nahass and Christine Nentwig (Co-Chairs of Labor and Employment Law at CGA Law Firm) and Amy Lafko of Cairn Consulting. Solutions for a valuable and productive leadership seminar.This half day seminar will cover leadership techniques related to hiring, retention, and performance management that will build a culture of success and keep you compliant and out of the courtroom. The seminar will also feature a panel discussion with: Andrew Paxton , President and General Counsel, United Fiber & Data Pamela Funk , Director of Human Resources,… read more »

Act 168:

access_time Posted on: March 9th, 2015

Article by: Hunter Schenck Act 168 of 2014 took effect in December amending the Public School Code of 1949.  The Act adds a section to the Code entitled “Employment History Review” which imposes requirements pertaining to employment involving direct contact with children.  The amendments are designed to require and enable schools and independent contractors to conduct background checks in the interest of protecting children.  This Act affects school entities and independent contractors that are hiring applicants as well as current or previous employers of persons who apply for positions with other entities. The Act defines “direct contact with children” as… read more »