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Employment Lawyers in Philadelphia: Employee Discrimination Protection for Volunteers

A recent case presented to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit brought attention to the issue of what differentiates a volunteer from an employee for the purposes of protection from employment discrimination under Title VII. The case of Sister Michael Marie, et al. v. American Red Cross, involved two Catholic nuns who […]

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Philadelphia Employment Lawyers Report: Warehouse Workers Denied Pay For Time Spent in Security Check

In what is yet another blow to employees and another victory for employers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that employees do not have to be paid for time they spend in anti-theft screenings following their shift. The case Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, et al., involved temporary workers at Amazon warehouses in Nevada who […]

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Philadelphia Employment Lawyers:  Workplace Retaliation Rates on the Rise

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), last year marked the eighth consecutive year of growth for retaliation claims made by U.S. workers.  Moreover, 2013 also was designated as the fifth consecutive year that retaliation claims exceeded race discrimination as the most commonly reported form of workplace discrimination. Several factors may account for the […]

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The Physician’s Advocate

A Blog and musings by Melanie Bork Graham The Doctor and the Data In a relatively short period of time, American medicine has moved from a doctor-centered model, to a patient-centered model to a data-driven model.  Professor John Wiener, of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, recently said that we are witnessing the most […]

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Health Law Attorneys At The Ezold Law Firm, P.C. Launch Free HIPAA Seminar Series

The health law attorneys at the Ezold Law Firm, P.C. will be hosting two upcoming seminars on issues related to  the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  Interested individuals are invited to attend the HIPAA seminar series held at the GSB Building in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania for breakfast, networking and guest speakers […]

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Non-Compete Agreements: Is Continued Employment Sufficient Consideration?

Non-compete agreements, or restrictive covenants, have long been disfavored in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania courts have consistently opined that non-compete agreements are a restraint on trade which could cause a significant hardship on employees who are merely trying to earn a living. For a non-compete to be enforceable, it must, at the very least be limited in […]

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HIPAA And Real Estate

Even if your business is not in the healthcare sector, recent legislation amending and expanding HIPAA may affect your operations.[1]  Your provider clients are very astute about regulatory compliance and expect you to be as well.  They know that your lack of HIPAA savvy can translate into significant monetary liability for them.  Indeed, a November […]

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Circuit Split on Legality of PPACA Insurance Subsidies for Federal Exchanges

On July 22, 2014, Federal Circuit Courts in different parts of the country issued conflicting rulings on a foundational issue affecting the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010.   The issue before the Courts was whether the government could subsidize health insurance premiums for policies obtained through the federal (not state) insurance exchanges.  […]

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HIPAA Enforcement is Accelerating

This summer’s annual reports to Congress show that the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is aggressively accelerating HIPAA enforcement.  In its Breach Report, OCR stated that by the end of 2013, it had resolved seven breach investigations resulting in total provider fines of around $8 million.  These resolutions represented […]

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National Survey Finds “Rampant” Religious Discrimination In The Workplace

A 2013 national “Survey of American Workers and Religion” found that 36 percent of respondents had been subject to religious discrimination in the workplace.   The survey questioned workers on issues such as whether the respondent’s workplace required employees to work on the Sabbath or whether they allowed employees to wear attire that expressed the employee’s […]

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