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Do I Have to Pay a Salaried Employee Overtime?

In Pennsylvania as elsewhere in the U.S., employees must be paid 1.5 times their regular rate for working beyond 40 hours in a single week unless they are exempt from overtime laws. This is a simple and straightforward calculation for workers who are paid hourly. But how does it apply to salaried workers and those Read More

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Is a Business-to-Business Noncompete Agreement Enforceable?

When your key employees have access to valuable and sensitive business information, you can feel safer if you require them to sign a noncompete agreement. In essence, this prohibits executives, managers and others with access to your proprietary data from using it to compete with you, whether by starting their own business or by moving Read More

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Can I Be Sued for Firing an At-Will Employee?

In Pennsylvania, all workers not under contract are considered to be at-will employees. This means that an organization has the right to dismiss any employee at any time for any legal reason. But the key word is “legal.” State and federal laws prohibit employment actions that have a discriminatory intent or effect based on race, Read More

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When Can a Former Employee Safely Break a Noncompete Agreement?

In January 2019, a retired executive of Koppers — a global manufacturer company based in one of the most recognizable buildings in the Pittsburgh skyline — found himself sued for serving as an advisor to another company in violation of a covenant not to compete. Robert Wombles, who had been Koppers R&D vice president for Read More

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How Should Pennsylvania Employers Accommodate Employees with PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect workers in a number of ways, and may strike at unexpected times. Concentration, social interaction, reading or learning may be difficult for a person with PTSD. Certain sensory triggers—including sounds, imagery and smells—can exacerbate the condition, requiring special accommodations in the workplace. Though workers and job applicants need not Read More

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Tips for Establishing Your Tech Startup in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is a great place for people with big ideas and the drive to make them profitable. It’s no surprise that dozens of tech startups emerge from the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon and other area schools each year. In addition, since the city established itself as an epicenter for cutting-edge robotics, artificial intelligence and Read More

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Sexual harassment in the workplace

Sexual, and any other form of harassment, cannot be tolerated in your workplace. As a business owner, you have devoted your life to creating an enterprise and environment that succeeds for your employees, customers and clientele. It is crucial that your business model and mission clearly state and define the type of behavior and interaction Read More

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Employers’ Legal Obligations Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Enacted in 1938 and amended several times over the years, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) establishes overtime pay, minimum wage, child labor and recordkeeping standards affecting employees across the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Wage and Hour Division is responsible for enforcing the law and has the legal authority to issue Read More

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