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Technology Triggers Workplace Compliance Problems

  When the use of email in business became popular in the mid-1990s, the employment law implications seemed simple. Employers were primarily interested in knowing whether they could implement policies restricting employee email use to “business purposes” and whether they could...

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Culture Meets Change at McNees: Firm holds tight to family atmosphere as profession evolves

Introduction: David Kleppinger has served as chairman of 135-lawyer McNees Wallace & Nurick for more than 10 years. In a piece he recently wrote for Metropolitan Corporate Counsel (see online location), he provided an eloquent description of the McNees family culture and what that means to him...

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Legal Operations

The Many Paths (and Perils) of Construction Projects: What you don’t know can hurt you, what you do know can save time and money

While some companies routinely engage in construction projects, for other companies a construction project can be a once in a decade experience. Some companies have experienced in-house personnel to guide them through a building project while others need to rely upon third-party professionals...

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Civil Litigator Breaks Ground with Criminal Clemency: President Obama commutes sentence of non-violent drug offender

Editor’s note: The following story was written by John Finger, PR/Communications Coordinator for McNees Wallace & Nurick LLP. Imagine the difficulties an attorney would face if she were representing a client in federal prison she had never met and trying to earn clemency for them from...

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Key Considerations in Pay Equity and Compliance: What efforts are required to close the wage gap?

You have probably heard that women are paid less than men in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual earnings of women who work full time is less than 80 percent of the median earnings of full-time male workers. Most would agree that this pay gap is largely...

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Cannabis | Food & Beverage | Healthcare

Medical Marijuana Impacts the Workplace: Use involves more than patients – employers must confront the effects.

Much speculation and unfounded fears have created a cloud of uncertainty around Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana law. Of particular concern is how the law will impact the workplace. People unfamiliar with the law mistakenly picture a group of employees with marijuana prescriptions for...

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Don’t Get Shocked by Electricity Costs: Inside and outside counsel can play a vital role in managing this indispensable commodity

Electricity is the lifeblood of many companies. Whether electricity is being used to power secure databanks, melt steel, split air into its constituent parts, run paper machines, or operate compressors and blowers on HVAC equipment, no company can operate without electricity. For many companies,...

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