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Oct 21, 2016

Changes Loom for Executive Compensation

As many of you know, longstanding guidance under Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code governs the use of deferred compensation to incentivize executives. However, proposed amendments are raising significant issues.

Recently, I had an opportunity to discuss these changes and what they mean for employers and employees with a representative of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. You can read a copy of my interview, “Big Changes Loom for Executive Compensation,”  which appears in the October edition of the publication, here.… Read More

Oct 14, 2016

How does Pennsylvania’s new medical marijuana law compare to NJCUMMA?

Recently, I participated in a panel discussion for the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Healthcare Summit.  The discussion focused on the workplace implications of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana law, which went into effect earlier this year.  As my Pennsylvania colleagues wrote about here, the new law prevents employers from discriminating or retaliating against a candidate or employee because he/she is certified to use medical marijuana. … Read More

Oct 05, 2016

A Week of Developments at the EEOC

This past week saw the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issue several publications focused on providing informational and compliance updates.

On September 27, the EEOC announced the launch of its online “Small Business Resource Center.” See the announcement.

This online resource is intended to provide an easily accessible reference source for small employers to educate and promote compliance with the federal anti-discrimination laws, which are enforced by the EEOC. … Read More

Sep 15, 2016

Breakfast With Pat: New Employees

Pat Collins led the fourth session of our 2016 Labor & Employment Breakfast Series this morning with a seminar on Issues Affecting New Employees.

Watch the video below to see his quick recap.

If you have any questions, please contact Pat at Stay tuned for more information on the final session of the series, Year In Review, which will take place on December 1.… Read More

Aug 24, 2016

Register for our September Labor & Employment Seminar!

Patrick T. Collins of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will present “Issues Affecting New Employees,” the fourth seminar of his 2016 Labor & Employment Law breakfast series on September 15. He will discuss the issues involved in hiring new employees, including Ban The Box laws, legal inquiries on employment applications and in the interview process, and employee background checks. Please see details below.… Read More

Jun 16, 2016

New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Employers Cannot Use a Private Agreement to Shorten the Two-Year Limitations Period for Filing an Action Under the NJLAD

In a case of first impression, the New Jersey Supreme Court in Rodriguez v. Raymours Furniture Company, Inc. Docket No. A-27-14 (June 15, 2016),  held that employers cannot shorten the limitations period for filing a claim under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (“NJLAD”) via private agreement.  Almost two years ago to the day, New Jersey’s Appellate Division ruled that an employer could abbreviate that limitations period by including in its employment application a provision requiring such employment claims to be filed within six months. … Read More

May 23, 2016

DOL Announces New “White Collar” Exemption Regulations

The wait is finally over. Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) regulations governing the “white collar” exemptions from overtime.  This comes more than two years after President Obama instructed DOL to “update and modernize” the regulations and nearly a year after the DOL issued its controversial proposed regulations, which garnered nearly 270,000 comments from the public.  … Read More

May 23, 2016

New Federal Trade Secrets Act Provides New Remedies to Employers and Requires Updates to Confidentiality Agreements

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“DTSA”). The DTSA creates a new federal civil remedy for trade secret misappropriation, allowing employers to file civil lawsuits in federal court for trade secret misappropriation by departing employees. While the DTSA provides new remedies to employers, it also grants employees immunity in certain cases. Therefore, all non-disclosure agreements must now be modified to provide notice of this employee immunity, described further below.… Read More


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