Category Archives: Features

The Ins and Outs of Negotiating Severance Agreements

August 6, 2013   The Basics   The majority of employees are employees “at will.”  This means that an employer may (subject to anti-retaliation and discrimination laws) hire, fire or discipline for good reason, bad reason or no reason at all.  In these situations, employees are not entitled to “severance.” Nevertheless providing severance agreements is Continue Reading...

Restrictions on Restrictive Covenants: Can Restrictive Covenants Be Enforced When a Worker is Terminated for Poor Performance?

 July 9, 2013             Employers commonly use restrictive covenants to safeguard protectable proprietary information.  However, the events and circumstances surrounding an employee’s termination may affect an employer’s ability to enforce restrictive covenants.     Restrictive Covenants In General   While broad and over-reaching covenants are per se invalid, employers still attempt to use restrictive covenants Continue Reading...

Beware of Unpaid Internships: Internships May Give Rise to an Employer-Employee Relationship

 July 1, 2013   Internships can provide a valuable experience for students to gain experience and can be a tremendous help to employers.  However, employers must take heed of the recent string of lawsuits brought by former unpaid interns.  In a post Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures [i] world, unpaid intern positions may give rise to Continue Reading...

Can Employees Collect Unemployment When They Quit a Job?

In many cases, when employees quit, they give up the right to collect unemployment compensation. And employees who leave voluntarily will often be denied benefits if they file. However, it's worthwhile to speak to an employment attorney. Under Pennsylvania employment law, in many cases, those former employees still have the right to collect benefits – even if their claims are initially denied. Here are...

An Employer’s Obligations Under the Americans with Disabilities and the Family Medical Leave Act When It Comes to an Extended Leave of Absence

Unfortunately, many employees suffer from medical conditions and disabilities during employment.  Such ailments include cancer, disabling back and neck injuries and mental disorders.  Companies often allow employees to take an initial leave of absence consistent with their obligations under the Family Medial Leave Act (“FMLA”) and then terminate the employee’s employment if he or she Continue Reading...

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