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NEW PHILADELPHIA WAGE THEFT LAW TAKES EFFECT

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Labor Law on Jul 6, 2016.

A new Philadelphia ordinance, effective July 1, 2016, will have a significant effect on employers who fail to pay wages to their employees for work performed in Philadelphia. Titled Wage Theft Complaints, the ordinance provides for administrative and court remedies, and penalties for “wage theft”, defined by the ordinance as any violation of the Pennsylvania Wage, Payment and Collection Law, Minimum Wage Act, or any other federal or state law regulating the payment of wages, for work performed in Philadelphia.

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UPDATE: Union Intimidation Bill Passes Pennsylvania Senate

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Labor Law on Oct 22, 2015.

The Pennsylvania Senate has passed House Bill 874 by a vote of 30-18. The version agreed upon by the Senate will now go back to the Pennsylvania House for a concurrence vote and then on to Governor Wolf to sign. Because the legislation passed through the Senate in substantially the same form as it left the House, there appears little chance the legislation will be hung up again before it hits Governor Wolf’s desk.

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A Primer for Open Shop Contractor’s On Philadelphia’s New Sick Leave Law

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Labor Law on Mar 9, 2015.

Open shop developers and contractors alike will soon have a new rule to contend with when they work in Philadelphia. The new ordinance mandating paid sick leave for companies with 10 or more employees will go into effect on June 13, 2015. Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement or working as independent contractors are exempt from the new law.

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Paycheck Protection Picking up Steam in Pennsylvania Legislature

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Labor Law on May 13, 2014.

New legislation aimed at eliminating the role of government in collecting union dues and PAC contributions from public sector employee’s unions is under consideration in the Pennsylvania legislature. Although the parameters of any pending legislation are not yet entirely clear, it is undeniable that discussions are under way in both the House and the Senate to consider making changes to this area of the law.

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Pennsylvania Legislation Removing Exemption for Stalking, Harassment, and Threats to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction From Criminal Code Passes Pennsylvania House

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Construction Industry News on Mar 19, 2014.

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives recently passed legislation which removes the exemption for harassment, stalking, or threats to use weapons of mass destruction when involved in a labor dispute from the criminal code. The bill, which can be read in its entirety here, passed the house with a vote of 115-74 and has moved over to the Senate for consideration.

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U.S. SUPREME COURT HEARS ANOTHER LABOR CASE

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Uncategorized on Jan 22, 2014.

The Supreme Court recently held oral argument in Noel Canning, a case in which the recess appointments of President Obama to the National Labor Relations Board were challenged. While that case will have no short term implications since the same appointees have since been ushered through a more legitimate process, it is anticipated by most legal scholars that the administration will lose this battle

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NLRB Posting Rule Invalidated by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Labor Law on May 15, 2013.

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of a local business, Lehigh Valley Racket and Fitness Centers, and struck down a National Labor Relations Board rule requiring the posting of union organization posters at its workplace.  The decision comes on the heels of a prior ruling by the D.C. Circuit declaring President Obama’s “recess” appointments to the National Labor Relations Board unconstitutional and marks another setback for the NLRB.

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An Apprenticeship Bill in Pennsylvania on the Schedule for 2013?

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Labor Law on Jan 17, 2013.

As the legislative session in Pennsylvania gets underway in earnest, the making of laws starts anew. Among those under consideration may be several pieces of legislation that were under consideration last year but never made it to the floor for a vote. An act designed to make revisions to the apprenticeship structure in the state was one such bill.

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BREAKING NEWS

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Events in Construction on May 15, 2012.

In a May 14, 2012, Memorandum Opinion, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia struck down an NLRB rule that was designed to significantly change the manner in which elections over union representation in businesses would take place. The rule was published on December 22, 2011, and went into effect in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and every other state in the union on April 30th of this year.

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Refresher on PA’s Construction Workplace Misclassification Act

On behalf of Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C. posted in Independent Contractors on May 14, 2012.

I recently attended a legislative breakfast hosted by one of the construction related organizations in which I participate. A number of state legislators were present, as was a representative of the District Attorney’s office in Montgomery County. Because the District Attorney is an elected position in Pennsylvania, this has a certain amount of logic to it. That being said, it is something that is not done very often and caught my attention.

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