Littler Mendelson, P.C. • March 25, 2020
The City of Philadelphia launched the COVID-19 Small Business Relief Fund to assist businesses that are struggling as a result of city- and state-wide mandated business closures. According to city representatives, over $9 million in economic assistance is available in the Fund.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 23, 2020
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has issued a “Stay at Home” Order, directing residents to remain home, unless working for an “essential” business or engaging in “essential” personal activity.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • March 23, 2020
On March 22, 2020, the mayor of Philadelphia issued an Emergency Order temporarily prohibiting operation of non-essential businesses and congregation of persons to prevent the spread of Covid-19, updating and extending his Order of March 17, 2020, and mandating all Philadelphia residents to stay at home except for limited purposes. The Order goes into effect at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020, and remains in effect “indefinitely.” The mayor’s March 17 Order was set to expire on March 27, 2020.
Jackson Lewis P.C. • March 19, 2020
In rapid succession, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all dine-in restaurants and bars in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties, then strongly urged all non-essential Pennsylvania businesses to follow suit and voluntarily cease operations for 14 days to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Philadelphia then announced its own sweeping restrictions on commercial activity.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • March 17, 2020
In an afternoon press conference on March 16, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf declared that certain non-essential businesses across Pennsylvania “are to close” for at least 14 days to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In a press release issued later that evening, Governor Wolf reiterated that “we strongly urge non-essential businesses to temporarily close,” noting that his administration was relying on businesses to act now before the governor or the secretary of health finds it necessary to compel closures
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • March 09, 2020
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Paid Sick Days Act will (finally) take effect on March 15, 2020, the effective date triggered when the Mayor's Office of Equity (“MOE”) released guidelines on December 16, 2019. On February 15, 2020, one month before the ordinance's effective date, MOE revised some of its guidelines and released a set of long-awaited Frequently Asked Questions.1 In some respects, employers may welcome the revisions and FAQs. However, challenges remain both for companies that want one policy that also complies with the Philadelphia paid sick leave ordinance and for companies with employees based outside of Pittsburgh who regularly travel through the city.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • February 20, 2020
The United States Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit has issued its decision upholding the Philadelphia Wage Equity Ordinance, one of the so-called “salary history ban” laws.1 Now that the Third Circuit has issued its decision, employers that have not already done so must begin to prepare for compliance.
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • February 17, 2020
Following the lead of other courts around the country, a Pennsylvania state court has held that employees can bring lawsuits against their employers asserting claims under the state’s medical marijuana law. Palmiter v. Commonwealth Health Systems, Inc., 19-CV-1315 (Lackawanna County Nov. 22, 2019).
Littler Mendelson, P.C. • February 11, 2020
On February 6, 2020, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Philadelphia’s salary history ordinance and reversed the decision of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania which had held that one of the ordinance’s provisions was unconstitutional. Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce v. City of Philadelphia.1
Fisher Phillips • February 09, 2020
A federal appeals court just resurrected the salary history ban that will now prevent Philadelphia employers from asking job applicants about how much they are paid or setting new salaries based on pay history. Thanks