Jan. 16, 2018

Team PA Foundation Lauds FLB’s 30-Year Commitment to Pennsylvania

The Team PA Foundation highlighted FLB in a spotlight article in its Winter 2017-18 newsletter. This article details the firm’s three decades of commitment to eastern Pennsylvania and will be a main feature on the Team PA website into March 2018. Team PA Foundation is a dynamic bi-partisan, public/private partnership which initiates and supports innovative […]

Sep. 18, 2017

Employers Must Use New I-9 As of Today

Just a reminder … as we noted previously, the government has issued a new I-9 Form and, as of today, it must be used by all employers. The newest I-9, which was released on July 17, 2017, became mandatory on September 18, 2017. The new form is available from the USCIS website. Most of the […]

Jul. 19, 2017

FLB named Top Law Firm and M&A Firm by Readers of Lehigh Valley Business

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, PC has been named both the Top Law Firm and Top Mergers & Acquisitions Firm in the Lehigh Valley for 2017 by the readers of Lehigh Valley Business.  Thousands of votes were cast in Lehigh Valley Business’ inaugural reader rankings, and the results were published on July 17, 2017. “When you […]

Jul. 19, 2017

New I-9 Released

Now that you’ve gotten the January 22, 2017 I-9 under control, you will undoubtedly be pleased to learn that a new I-9 was released on July 17, 2017 and will become mandatory on September 18, 2017.  Either the January 22 or July 17 form may be used until then. The new form will be available […]

Jul. 14, 2017

Newly Amended Ordinance Gives Philadelphia Authority to Shut Down Businesses for Violating Anti-Discrimination Laws

by Jacob M. Sitman and Theresa DeAngelis, Summer Associate On May 17, 2017, Bill No. 170334 was signed into law by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.  The Bill amends Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance, which covers Philadelphia employers and prohibits unlawful discrimination practices in employment. The Fair Practices Ordinance already vested the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations […]

Jul. 12, 2017

Lehigh Valley Featured in American Airlines In-Flight Magazine

During the month of July – the busiest airline travel month of the year – American Airlines passengers around the world will be learning why the Lehigh Valley is great place to visit, relocate and operate a business.  American Way, the in-flight magazine for American Airlines, is featuring the Lehigh Valley in its Spotlight series. […]

Jul. 5, 2017

PA Supreme Court Case Clarifies the Scope of Pennsylvania’s Personnel Files Act

by Jacob M. Sitman and Theresa M. DeAngelis, Summer Associate The question of whether a recently terminated employee in Pennsylvania has a statutory right to inspect his or her personnel file has been answered. The Pennsylvania Personnel Files Act (the “Act”) grants employees the statutory right to “at reasonable times” inspect their personnel files used […]

Jul. 20, 2017

OSHA Updates Mandatory Web-Based Employee Injury Reporting Deadlines

Just about a year ago, we told you about the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s plan to move employer Form 300A reporting from a paper process to a publicly accessible online database.  After a year in limbo, the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) will become available on August 1, 2017 to accept employers’ completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A. Last […]

Jun. 15, 2017

Steven T. Boell and Jacob M. Sitman Lead Medical Marijuana Roundtable

Fitzpatrick Lentz & Bubba, P.C. shareholders Steven T. Boell and Jacob M. Sitman, along with Univest Director of Human Resource, M. Theresa Schwartzer led a HR roundtable discussing the workplace impact of the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act. “Medical Marijuana is big business in both Pennsylvania and the rest of the United States,” said Boell at […]

Jun. 12, 2017

Americans With Disabilities Act Protection Extends To Gender Dysphoria

Recently, we reported on a decision from the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals which extended Title VII protection to cover sexual orientation.  More recently, a federal court judge sitting in Allentown has held that gender dysphoria is a disability covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). In Blatt v Cabela’s, No. 5:14-cv-04822 (E.D. PA […]