Trade Secret Protections in Pennsylvania

Your trade secrets are the lifeblood of your company. If you lose them you could lose your business.   This is why I strongly advise you to make every effort to protect your trade secrets from theft or misappropriation. Trouble is, with today’s de facto work culture of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), your employees […]

Leave Laws in Pennsylvania

Leave Laws in Pennsylvania In the United States, the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”) imposes on employers with Fifty (50) or more employees the requirement to provide to their employees an unpaid leave of up to Twelve (12) weeks.  States have enacted statutes and regulations imposing the requirements of the FMLA, and have […]

Fair Labor Standards Act

Labor Standards

Fair Labor Standards Act: Overtime and Minimum Wage Standards The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (“FLSA”) is the United States’ main wage law.  It affects most employers in the U.S., even small businesses. The FLSA establishes minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and youth employment standards affecting employees in the private sector, and in the […]

3 Steps That Must Be on Your Employee Hiring Checklist

As a small business owner with employees, the importance of having a hiring process in place cannot be overstated. Although every hiring process is slightly different, your company should be sure that your hiring process includes the following steps, and that each part of the process complies with relevant laws: Interviewing Period Interviewing prospective employees […]

7 Ways to Prevent Retaliation Claims Against Your Company

boss at desk retaliation claims

Retaliatory cases have been on the rise. Recent legislation has made it easier to file a retaliation case and has widened the scope of the damages available. How can you prevent retaliation claims against your business from current and former employees? And what actually constitutes a retaliatory claim? Your employee establishes that he or she was […]

A Social Media Guide For Employers

Social Media Guide Employers

The law is constantly evolving when it comes to employer-employee social media interactions. Do companies have any rights over what current or former employees broadcast over the Internet? How far can (and should) you go to prevent negative comments or misrepresentations? There are a few things you should know when considering which aspects of social media actions […]

What You Need to Know About Your Employees’ Rights

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When you violate your employees’ rights, you expose yourself and your business to penalties of stiff monetary fines and corrective measures that could include jail or prison sentences. Federal law covers an employee’s right to fair pay, health and safety, a non-discriminatory workplace, and freedom from retaliation.   Federal Employment Rights Business Owners Need to Know   Safety […]