Jan. 6, 2021

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

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 to the FLSA in recent years in an attempt to clarify how tipped […]

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 […]

Oct. 7, 2020

Pennsylvania Overtime Rules Have Changed

Pennsylvania has raised the threshold for determining whether employees are eligible for overtime pay – and the threshold is scheduled to continue to rise multiple times, automatically, in the years to come.  On October 3, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) issued a final rule concerning overtime pay requirements under the Pennsylvania […]

Jul. 13, 2020

US Supreme Court Clarifies Employment Landscape for Religious Institutions

Over the years, courts have articulated various standards and factors in determining which employees of religious institutions are exempt from employment discrimination laws, and this has led to much confusion and little consistency. This past week, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision that will impact and clarify the employment landscape for religious institutions […]

Jun. 5, 2020

Updated Guidance for Businesses Reopening in Pennsylvana

More than two months have passed since Governor Tom Wolf declared the closing of non-life-sustaining businesses. During these months of closure and stay-at-home, Governor Wolf introduced a phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania in which a three-phase approach (Red, Yellow and Green Phases) is used to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin opening […]

May. 14, 2020

Guidance for Employers: Bringing Employees Back to Work

As the COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax and employees are permitted to return to the workplace, employers will likely have questions regarding the logistics for that return. The return to the workplace is not without complication. Some employees will be more than ready to return, while others will have many concerns about returning. The first […]

Apr. 28, 2020

Back to Business: Employment Law Considerations Now and After the “Great Cessation”

On Monday, May 4 at 11 am, FLB Employment Law & Labor Relations attorneys Jacob M. Sitman and Stephanie A. Koenig will be presenting “Back to Business: Employment Law Considerations Now and After the ‘Great Cessation’”, in conjunction with The Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce. Topics will include: Reviewing Return to Work Policies Rehiring […]

Apr. 23, 2020

DOL Commences Enforcement Of Paid Leave Laws

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires employers with less than 500 employees to provide leave to employees due to certain COVID-19 qualifying reasons. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) set April 1, 2020, as the effective date for employers to implement the FFCRA’s regulatory requirements, but deferred enforcement of the law 30 days […]

Apr. 16, 2020

Employer Q&A on Recent Public Health and Safety Guidelines/Orders

As employers continue to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on the workplace and the workforce, the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have issued additional guidance. We continue to receive many questions on the practical implications of Agency guidance and new legislation. Below are additional Q&A’s that employers should consider, […]