In a long-awaited decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has concluded that the fluctuating workweek (FWW) pay method is not a proper method of overtime pay calculation under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA). Chevalier v. General Nutrition Centers, Inc., 2019 Pa. LEXIS 6521 (Nov. 20, 2019). As a result, the Court affirmed the decisions of the trial court and intermediate appellate court that a class of former non-exempt, store-level managers for General Nutrition Centers were not sufficiently paid for all of the overtime hours that they worked.
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Beginning in October 2020, employers in the construction industry in Pennsylvania will be required to use E-Verify, the federal government’s web-based program that allows employers to verify an employee’s work-authorization electronically.
In June 2018 the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) issued a proposed rule to substantially increase the salary threshold to qualify as an exempt Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) employee under the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA), and invited public comment. On October 17, 2019, DLI submitted its final regulation to the state’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) and legislative oversight committees. IRRC will hold a public meeting on November 21, 2019 to decide whether to approve the final regulation. If it is approved, the final regulation would increase the EAP salary threshold under Pennsylvania law to:
On July 17, 2019, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held the City of Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act (PSDA) was a valid exercise of the City’s “express statutory authority to legislate in furtherance of disease control and prevention.”1 Although the decision resolves a nearly four-year battle over whether Pittsburgh had the authority to enact the law—which never took effect due to the legal challenge—it also creates uncertainty for businesses and leaves many pressing questions unanswered.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court upheld the Pittsburgh Paid Sick Days Act (“PSDA”) in a decision today, overturning two lower court decisions that found the Act was invalid as an impermissible business regulation.
In a recent decision, the Pennsylvania Superior Court clarified the application of the attorney work-product doctrine in the context of an e-mail exchange to a third-party consultant. The decision addresses the question of whether the work-product doctrine in Pennsylvania applies to otherwise confidential communications sent to a public relations company.
Update: The Pittsburgh pregnancy accommodation ordinance has been in effect since March 15, 2019.
In major news for employers in Pittsburgh, the City Council just unanimously passed a new ordinance greatly expanding protections for pregnant employees and imposing several new requirements on private employers, much like those under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, and related EEOC guidance.
On December 6, 2018, the Philadelphia City Council passed the Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance, to become effective on January 1, 2020.1 Under the Ordinance, large retail, hospitality and food service establishments will be required to: (1) give existing employees the right of first refusal to work additional hours before hiring new employees; (2) post and provide advance written notice of work schedules; (3) provide predictability pay for any departures from the posted schedules; and (4) permit a rest period of nine hours between shifts. It is estimated that these new requirements will impact 130,000 workers in Philadelphia.
The Philadelphia City Council has passed the Philadelphia Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance, intended to regulate scheduling practices for the employers in the city in the hospitality, retail, and food services industries. Mayor Jim Kenney (D) is expected to sign the Ordinance, which would become effective on January 1, 2020.
On November 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued an opinion in the Dittman v. UPMC case holding that employers have a legal duty to exercise reasonable care in safeguarding their employees’ sensitive personal information stored by the employers on internet-accessible computer systems.
The Pennsylvania Superior Court, in an unpublished opinion, recently declined to extend the statute of limitations for workplace exposure claims brought by employees. In the time since the Tooey case was decided in 2013, Pennsylvania law has allowed employees to bring lawsuits against their employers if the diagnosis of an occupational disease occurred more than 300 weeks after the date of last exposure to the hazardous substance. However, the new case law did not alter the statute of limitations for bringing such claims.
In June, we reported that the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) submitted to the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) a proposed rulemaking package that seeks to update the Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) exemptions to the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act’s (PMWA) overtime requirements. Among other things, the proposed changes would significantly increase the salary threshold required to meet the exemptions, automatically increase the salary threshold every three years, and change certain elements of the duties tests. As part of the rulemaking process, DLI requested comments on its proposed rulemaking from the public, members of the legislature, and IRRC.
Executive Summary: Pennsylvania is entertaining legislation to ban all non-compete covenants. Like other states concerned with the effects of restrictions on the mobility of the workforce, the prohibition on non-compete agreements, Pennsylvania House Bill 1938, is founded on the Commonwealth’s interest in lowering the unemployment rate, promoting innovation, entrepreneurship, and business expansion, improving existing business opportunities for qualified workers, and promoting unrestricted trade and mobility of employees in the workforce. 2017 PA H.B. 1938. Besides banning non-competes, the proposed law creates a private cause of action against any employer trying to enforce a non-compete covenant. Employers violating the law could be liable for compensatory and punitive damages and the former employee’s attorneys’ fees. The bill currently is before the House Labor & Industry Committee.
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (DLI) responded to Governor Tom Wolf’s call to modernize Pennsylvania’s outdated overtime rules for “white collar” employees. On June 12, 2018, the DLI submitted to the Pennsylvania Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) a proposed rulemaking package that would update the Executive, Administrative and Professional (EAP) exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime requirements of the Pennsylvania Minimum Wage Act (PMWA).