Employment Law Alert: Recently Terminated Employees No Longer Entitled to Review Personnel Files

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire Under the Pennsylvania Inspection of Employment Records Law (the “Act”), an employer must permit an employee or the employee’s agent to inspect the employee’s own personnel files.  The Act defines “employee” as a person who is currently employed, laid off with reemployment rights, or on a leave of absence. Because […]

Tragedy in Orlando – A Sobering Reminder that Your Workplace May Not Be Safe

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula lmikula@dioriosereni.com On the morning of June 5, 2017, as employees at a small RV accessory firm in Orlando, Florida settled in for the beginning of the work week, a disgruntled former employee entered the premises and shot and killed five of his former co-workers before turning the gun on himself. Violence […]

School’s (Almost) Out for Summer – Now Get to Work, Kiddo!

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By:    Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire           LMikula@dioriosereni.com As summer vacation approaches, many teens look forward to obtaining a summer job to gain “real-life” experience and earn some cash before heading back to the books in September.   There are a number of important requirements regarding working conditions, however, those young workers, […]

Pathway to Equality: Court Concludes Title VII Prohibits Sexual Orientation Discrimination

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula April 6, 2017 On April 4, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit became the first federal appeals court to hold that a person who alleges that she experienced employment discrimination on the basis of her sexual orientation has stated a claim of sex discrimination under Title VII. […]

BACK OFF BOSS: Workplace Bullying is the Next Frontier in Employment Litigation

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com The manager of a fast food restaurant in Missouri has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the December 2016 suicide of a teenaged worker she supervised. The felony complaint alleges that the manager’s bullying of the teen contributed to the young man’s tragic decision to end his […]

You Can’t Say That: Labor Board Strikes Down Rules Limiting Employee Speech

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com A recent decision by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) found that an employee could not be terminated because he had warned a co-worker that the co-worker might be fired. Rather, the NLRB held that the employee’s termination-and the employer’s handbook policies upon which that termination was based-violated the […]

Reasonable Work Accommodation Requests – An Employer’s Checklist

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula Esquire        lmikula@dioriosereni.com When an employee with a disability requests an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of his or her job, the employer has the responsibility under the Americans with Disabilities Act to clarify what the employee needs and to identify the appropriate reasonable accommodation which will enable the employee […]

Background Checks: Employers Beware! And Employees, Know Your Rights!

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By: Lisanne L. Mikula, Esquire lmikula@dioriosereni.com Conducting background checks on prospective and current employees can help an employer maintain a productive workforce. Except for certain restrictions relating to medical and genetic information, it is not illegal for an employer to ask questions of an employee or applicant regarding his or her work history, education, criminal […]

Oh, Snap! Beware of the Dangers of Snapchat

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By: Robert B. George, Esquire rgeorge@dioriosereni.com   Word to the wise, be careful what you are posting and/or sharing on Social Media these days as it could very well come back to haunt and hurt you – including being used as evidence against you in civil and/or criminal matters. Today’s exploding Social Media is revolutionizing […]

Breaking News: More Salaried Employees Are Entitled To Overtime Pay

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By: Pamela A. Lee, Esquire plee@dioriosereni.com The U.S. Department of Labor released its final rule today under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) which doubles the threshold at which employees are exempt from overtime pay to $47,476, effective December 1, 2016. Clock with work overtime text 3d render What does this mean? It means that employees […]

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