The Pennsylvania Senate approved legislation on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 that would require contractors and subcontractors to verify legal employment status for all employees working on public building projects. Senate Bill 637, which passed 47-7, makes use of the federal E-Verify system, operated by the Department of Homeland Security, mandatory to confirm that all employees are eligible to work in the U.S.
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A downturn in an industry can often highlight the least productive of a company’s employees at a time when it also becomes necessary to run a much leaner operation in order to remain in business. As an employer, you may be tempted to reduce the compensation of particular employees in order to maintain overall financial viability.
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On November 17, 2008, the United States Department of Labor issued final regulations that made significant changes to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”). Employees are covered by FMLA if they have worked for their employer for at least 12 months, have worked for at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months, and work at a location where at least 50 employees are employed by the employer within a 75 mile radius. What follows is a summary of new regulations that took effect January 16, 2009.
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In today’s uncertain economic climate, it has never been more vital to protect your company and your customer base. With that said, it is critical to the success of your company to have properly drafted and appropriate restrictive covenant agreements with your employees which will adequately protect your company’s customer relationships. Without having appropriate restrictive covenant agreements, your business risks the unfortunate consequence of losing customer relationships to departing employees. What follows is a brief explanation of the common types of restrictive covenants.
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