Apr. 21, 2021

Stephanie Kobal Koenig To be Panelist in LVB Leadership Series Webinar

On Wednesday, April 28 at noon, FLB Real Estate & Employment Law attorney Stephanie Kobal Koenig will be a panelist in the Lehigh Valley Business Leadership Series webinar, “Positioning Your Business in a Post COVID Economy.” This free webinar will feature Ms. Koenig and other local leaders as they discuss what companies should be doing […]

Apr. 13, 2021

CROWN Act Legislation Prohibiting Hair-Based Employment Discrimination Expands

New Mexico has just become the latest state to add to the growing momentum of “CROWN Act” legislation across the country, passing laws to prohibit employment discrimination based on a person’s hairstyle, natural hair texture and related characteristics. Title VII & Hair-Related Discrimination Since its passing, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 […]

Mar. 12, 2021

American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act of 2021 Notes and Highlights

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “ARP”) is the latest in Coronavirus relief legislation. On March 10, 2021, the House of Representatives passed the bill as amended by the Senate. President Biden signed the ARP into legislation on March 11. Below is a summary of the provisions that will have a direct impact […]

Mar. 2, 2021

Pennsylvania Lifts the Travel Quarantine Requirement

Yesterday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf rescinded the state-wide order requiring anyone over the age of 11, who visits another state, to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Pennsylvania.  The so-called “quarantine” order had been in effect since November 2020. While the order was in effect, employers were challenged to address a myriad of difficult […]

Feb. 23, 2021

Christopher J. Kalbfell Joins The Literacy Center Board of Directors

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba congratulates Christopher J. Kalbfell who recently joined the Board of Directors for The Literacy Center. “I’m excited to be a part of this community-based organization focused on adult literacy,” said Mr. Kalbfell. “I look forward to working with the other members of the Board to help ensure everyone in the area […]

Feb. 10, 2021

Office Romance – Navigating the Risks this Valentine’s Day Season

As we begin year two of a global pandemic, most in-person activities remain severely restricted, and many employees continue to work remotely. Given these restrictions, employers may be lulled into a false sense of security that risks posed by office romance are no more. This, however, is not the case. Rather, it is predicted that […]

Feb. 2, 2021

Biden Administration Retracts the DOL’s Proposed Tip Pooling Rule

In the early days of President Joe Biden’s presidency, his administration has not wasted any time reviewing and, sometimes, revoking employment-related regulatory rules issued in the final days of the Trump administration. For example, the United States Department of Labor (DOL), at President Biden’s direction, withdrew three previously issued opinion letters on now-frozen rules related […]

Jan. 6, 2021

Dipping Your Toe in the Tip Pool: The Department of Labor Issues New FLSA Guidance

[Update: President Biden’s administration withdrew three opinion letters issued by the prior administration.] The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in both private and government sectors. On December 22, 2020, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) announced a Final Rule addressing amendments made […]

Jan. 4, 2021

Stephanie A. Koenig Named Shareholder

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. is pleased to announce that Stephanie A. Koenig has been named Shareholder of the Firm. Ms. Koenig is an attorney in the Firm’s Real Estate, Land Use & Development and Employment and Labor Law groups. Throughout her career, Ms. Koenig has worked with developers and businesses, negotiating complex real estate […]

Dec. 30, 2020

Brighter Days Ahead? The Latest Guidance for Employers on Vaccines and the Workplace

With the initial distribution of the first vaccines approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration currently underway, employers are increasingly concerned about the extent to which they may or must mandate employee vaccination. In tacit recognition of those concerns and the complexities associated with vaccinating the American workforce, the Equal Employment Opportunity […]