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Labor & Employment

#MeToo and the Workplace: What’s Changed – and What Needs to Change

Today’s headlines point to why it is critical to review and strengthen company harassment programs. In the current climate of #MeToo and the Time’s Up movement, many employers are scrambling to answer a variety of questions relating to harassment in the workplace. Chief among these...

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Department of Labor (DOL)

DOL's Change of Course on Unpaid Interns

In a recent change of position, the department of Labor has endorsed a new standard for determining when an unpaid intern is entitled to compensation as an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Previously, the DOL applied a rigid six-part test to determine if an individual was an unpaid...

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Medical Marijuana Clouds Drug Testing for Many Workplaces

To date, 29 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. Some states, such as California, have been grappling with the implications of medicinal marijuana use for several years, while others, such as Pennsylvania, are just beginning to explore the complicated...

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Real Estate

Stormwater Regulation and Fees Will Impact Businesses and Development

Businesses and developers must remain vigilant in tracking proposed local regulation of stormwater. Municipalities throughout Pennsylvania are in the process of implementing local stormwater ordinances and fees that will likely impact land development. Recent changes to federal and state laws have...

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Food & Beverage

Slack-Fill Litigation Heats Up

Food and beverage companies should evaluate packaging sizes now. You know the feeling when you open a family-size box of candy – that you are not planning to share – and find it only about half full? Sure, the weight of the box and the pronounced rattle that could only be possible with...

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Automotive | Insurance

Removing Human Drivers: Anticipating changes to automobile insurance coverage

Phrases like “self-driving vehicles” and “automated driving” are making headlines as manufacturers continue to implement automation in vehicles. Automation involves the use of computers to control certain components involved in operating a vehicle, reducing the extent to...

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Making a Federal Case Out of It: When trade secrets go walking out the door, employers have a new vehicle to try to get them back

The reality for almost every business is that not all of its employees are going to be happy in their jobs and that, at any given time, one or more is going to be seeking greener pastures. Many times those pastures are owned by competitors, and any business owner or CEO who fails to anticipate and...

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