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Category Archives: Labor Law

Worker Protection Bill Against Unjust Firing Being Considered in Philadelphia

By Ira H. Weinstock |

We receive calls every day from workers who are unfairly discharged.  Unfortunately for most of those workers because Pennsylvania is an “at will” employment state there are very few options when it comes to getting their job back.  Most of the time their discharges cannot be challenged even when there was no willful misconduct… Read More »

Governor Wolf Issues Executive Order to Promote Equal Pay

By Ira H. Weinstock |

On June 6, 2018 Governor Tom Wolf issued Executive Order 2018-18-03 addressing “Equal Pay for Employees of the Commonwealth.”  The Order recognized the problem of pay disparity in the work force which particularly affects women and minorities.  It further recognized that a common hiring practice involves Employer’s asking applicants about their salary history during… Read More »

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

By Ira H. Weinstock |

  Most Americans know Dr. King as one of the greatest leaders of the civil rights movement of the 1960’s, however, Dr. King was equally as passionate in his devotion to the Labor Movement – for without economic opportunity, civil rights could not flourish.  His commitment to the American worker followed him until the… Read More »

Senator Lee Introduces Bill to Strip the National Labor Relations Board of its Power to Prosecute Unfair Labor Practices

By Ira H. Weinstock |

Under the National Labor Relations Act (the Act), the National Labor Relations Board (the Board) has the power to investigate and prosecute unfair labor practices as defined by the  Act.  Unfair labor practices include, but are not limited to, such things as illegally interfering with employees’ rights to organize; retaliating against employees for supporting… Read More »

Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Issues Ban the Box Policy for State Jobs

By Ira H. Weinstock |

In a prior post, we discussed “Ban the Box” legislation and how it can impact workers. On May 5, 2017, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued a “Ban the Box” policy, relative to state non-civil service jobs.  Described as a “Fair-Chance hiring policy” for state agencies, the legislation will remove the criminal conviction question, otherwise… Read More »

What is “Paycheck Protection” and How Does it Affect My Union

By Ira H. Weinstock |

On February 8, 2017 the Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation more commonly known as “Paycheck Protection.”  The legislation was comprised of two bills.  Senate Bill 166 prohibited “any outside organization from using the Commonwealth, or any of its political subdivisions, as an agent to collect money to be used for political purposes. “  The legislation… Read More »

Pennsylvania Funding Cuts Affect Access to Unemployment Benefits

By Ira H. Weinstock |

Due to state funding cuts to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry, the staff at the Unemployment Service Centers which process claims have been significantly reduced.  As a result it has become more difficult for unemployed Pennsylvanians to file claims and to get answers to questions on how to properly address issues that… Read More »

The Pennsylvania Unemployment Law and Financial Eligibility Changes

By Ira H. Weinstock |

When unemployed workers begin the application process for Unemployment Benefits, many take for granted that they will be financially eligible for benefits.  Financial eligibility requires a determination that the employee has worked a sufficient number of “credit weeks” in their “base year” and that they have sufficient earnings in the four quarters of their… Read More »

Worker.Gov – The New Federal Government Website to Help Explain Workers’ Rights

By Ira H. Weinstock |

This week the Federal Government unveiled worker.gov – an interactive website for working men and women to get information related to their rights in the workplace and to file a complaint or charge if their rights have been violated. The website is currently in its beta stage, but it appears to be geared to… Read More »

Paid Sick Leave Now Required for Employees of Federal Contractors

By Ira H. Weinstock |

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published a final rule Sept. 29 that directs federal contractors to provide paid sick leave. The rule follows an Executive Order from President Obama last year requiring contractors doing work for the federal government on certain contracts to provide paid sick leave.  The Rule allows Employers some flexibility on… Read More »

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