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Dec 27, 2016

2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for Workers’ Compensation Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry recently announced the 2017 Statewide Average Weekly Wage for workers’ compensation.  For injuries occurring on and after January 1, 2017, the maximum compensation rate is $995.00 per week, which represents a 1.7% increase.

For information related to workers’ compensation issues, please contact me at bhollenbach@nmmlaw.comRead More

Aug 13, 2015

Recent Developments in Employment Law…

Jul 09, 2015

Recent Second Circuit Ruling on Unpaid Internships Asks the Age Old Question: Who Gets the Most out of This Relationship?

As we have discussed at length previously, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) in May of 2010 issued a “new” test to determine if an internship can be classified as “unpaid.”   As a result of that test, the floodgates opened on lawsuits against employers who used unpaid internships.  One of the first such lawsuits involved Fox Searchlight and interns who worked on the Black Swan movie set. » Read More

Jun 01, 2015

U.S. Department of Labor Issues New FMLA Form

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued new model notices and medical certification forms for employers to use in administering Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) leave.  The new forms—which expire on May 31, 2018—largely mirror the previous versions except for references to the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (“GINA”).

In particular, the WH-380-E, 380-F, 385, and 385-V medical certification forms instruct health care providers not to provide information about “genetic tests,” “genetic services,” or “the manifestation of disease or disorder in the employee’s family members” pursuant to GINA regulations. » Read More

Jan 08, 2015

Department Of Labor Anticipates Increasing The Number Of White-Collar Employees Entitled To Overtime Pay In 2015

Under current, longstanding federal law, certain employees are considered “exempt” and are not entitled to overtime compensation. An exempt employee must be paid on a salaried basis and since 2004, the minimum salary required for an exemption has been $455/week, $23,660/year.

In March 2013, President Obama ordered the Department of Labor to “propose revisions to modernize and streamline the existing overtime regulations” with the specific goal of increasing the number of white-collar employees who will be entitled to overtime pay.» Read More

Oct 30, 2014

“Unpaid” Interns Can Cost You $6.4 million

Last week, thousands of former interns reached a $6.4 million settlement in their class-action wage and hour lawsuit against NBC Universal filed in federal court. The interns, who worked on shows such as “Saturday Night Live,” alleged that NBC Universal improperly classified them as “non-employee interns” and did not pay them minimum wage or at all for their internships, which involved work that would ordinarily be done by paid employees.» Read More

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