Published: March 14, 2019

On March 1, 2019, the New York State Department of Labor announced its withdrawal of proposed predictive scheduling regulations, which comes as a relief to businesses state-wide. Two years ago, the Department announced its intent to adopt predictive scheduling regulations. In 2018, the Department issued revised proposed regulations regarding “call-in” scheduling. The regulations aimed at limiting "on-call" scheduling practices and provided employees premium pay if shifts were changed and/or canceled.

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Published: March 11, 2019

On March 4, 2019, a federal court sanctioned a company for interviewing warehouse workers to obtain declarations in support of its opposition to an FLSA opt-in collective and PA Minimum Wage Act class action certification where there were no plaintiff’s attorneys present for the meetings. Because Pennsylvania law treats potential class action members as represented parties until the court decides whether to certify the class, the communications between the defense attorneys and workers violated the state Rules of Professional Conduct.

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Published: March 8, 2019

On March 7, 2019, the Department of Labor released its long-promised proposed rule raising the minimum salary threshold required for workers to qualify for the Fair Labor Standards Act’s exemption threshold to $35,308 annually.  Based on a 40-hour work week, the increase equates to about a $17.00 per hour rate.  The new rule would apply to executive, professional, and administrative workers—also known as"white collar" exemptions.

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Published: March 7, 2019

The Fourth Circuit put employers on notice in a recent ruling that emphasizes the importance of training supervisors to identify and properly handle gender-based rumors that can lead to hostile work environment claims. In Parker v. Reema Consulting Services, the Fourth Circuit permitted a plaintiff to continue pursuing her hostile work environment claim where her supervisor participated in spreading a false rumor that she obtained a promotion only because she slept with a manager.

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Published: March 4, 2019

The Pennsylvania Apartment Association (PAA) hosts, "Hiring and Firing Without Headaches" on March 19, 2019 at our Firm’s Philadelphia office. The program will discuss human resource practices within the multifamily industry.

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr’s Labor and Employment Vice Chair and Partner, Dena Calo and Labor and Employment Associate Erik Pramschufer will present on this current and captivating topic.

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Published: February 28, 2019

On February 19, 2019, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ("SJC") held that two employees asserting claims under the Massachusetts Wage Act ("Wage Act") were entitled to recover attorneys' fees from their former employer where the parties entered into a private settlement.  See Ferman v. Sturgis Cleaners, Inc., No. SJC-12602 (Feb. 19, 2019), available here: https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2019/02/19/12602.pdf.

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