Mar. 4, 2022

Biden Signs #MeToo Bill Into Law, Banning Mandatory Arbitration of Sexual Harassment Cases

by Jacob M. Sitman and Kendra L. Eden In recent years, employers have increasingly used mandatory arbitration agreements as a tool to manage the risk of various types of employment claims. Claims subject to those agreements are diverted to arbitration, rather than the courts, for resolution. Earlier this month, however, Congress passed a bill dubbed […]

Feb. 10, 2022

Deflecting the Legal Ramifications of Cupid’s Arrow

The season of love, hearts, roses, and chocolate treats is upon us, again.  And, again, we take this opportunity to remind employers of the need to consider and address the risks associated with “office romance”. Regardless of where employees work, and whether employees are work-at-home or actually in the office, the combination of workplace hierarchies […]

Jan. 14, 2022

U.S. Supreme Court Prohibits Enforcement of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court threw a monkey wrench in President Biden’s six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by ordering a stay of enforcement of the recently enacted COVID-19 vaccine-or-test mandate issued as an emergency temporary standard by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The mandate covered virtually all employers with […]

Sep. 10, 2021

Vaccine May Be Required By Private Sector Employers with 100+ Employees

As part of President Biden’s six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, he has announced the first ever federal vaccine mandate to apply to private employers. In the coming weeks, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is likely to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard that would require all private […]

Aug. 10, 2021

Can “No-Poach” Agreements Be Enforced? Probably Not.

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court recently ruled that contracts between businesses agreeing not to hire each other’s employees are not enforceable. Pennsylvania’s highest court, speaking on this legal issue for the first time, held that even where one company expressly agreed in writing not to hire employees of the other in what are often called “no-poach” or […]

Jul. 23, 2021

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Says Employees Must Be Paid for Just Standing in Line

On July 21, 2021, in the case of In Re: Amazon.com, Inc., the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that employees must be paid for the time spent waiting to undergo and undergoing mandatory workplace security screenings under the state’s Minimum Wage Act (PMWA).  This decision may have far reaching implications for employers and their bottom […]

Jul. 1, 2021

Stephanie A. Kobal Appointed to Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. is pleased to announce that Stephanie A. Kobal was recently elected to the Cedar Crest College Board of Trustees, effective July 1, 2021. Ms. Kobal is an attorney and shareholder in the Firm’s Real Estate, Land Use & Development and Employment and Labor Law groups. “We are so excited that […]

Jun. 24, 2021

FLB Named a Lehigh Valley Top Workplace for the 8th Consecutive Year

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. has again been selected as one of The Morning Call’s “Top Workplaces”. This was the eighth consecutive year the Firm earned a place on the list. In the article published on June 24, the Firm ranked eighth overall in the “Small Employers” category, and the highest-ranking law firm overall. “Following a difficult year, […]

Jun. 21, 2021

Three FLB Shareholders Named to LVB Power 30 in Law List

FLB congratulates co-managing shareholder, Joseph A. Bubba, founder & shareholder Joseph A. Fitzpatrick, Jr., and shareholder Stephanie A. Kobal for being named to the “Power 30 in Law” list, which was curated by Lehigh Valley Business’ editorial staff. Joseph A. Bubba is a co-founder of FLB and has been the Firm’s managing shareholder since for […]

May. 26, 2021

FLB Attorneys Named to 2021 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. is pleased to announce that six attorneys have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers list. In addition, three attorneys were named to the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers – Rising Stars Edition. Historically, less than 5% of the lawyers in the state are selected for the coveted distinction of Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. […]