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Philadelphia Healthcare Lawyers Discuss the Physician’s Right to Practice Evidence-Based Medicine

By Melanie Bork Graham Very simply, in Pennsylvania doctors do not have to treat patients who refuse vaccinations for themselves or their children. Why is this important?  Because Pennsylvania’s immunization rate is the second lowest in the country at 87%[1]which is not sufficient to retain herd immunity – for instance, herd immunity for MMR requires […]

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Philadelphia Employment Lawyers at Ezold Law Firm Discuss New Mandatory Sick Time Law

New legislation requiring Philadelphia employers to offer paid sick time for many employees was approved by City Council and signed into law by Mayor Nutter last week.  Under the new law, Philadelphia workers will earn one hour of paid sick time for every 40 hours of work.  The law applies to businesses that employ ten […]

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Philadelphia Employment Lawyers: Costco’s Harassment Policy May Have Created a Binding Contract

Nearly all employment handbooks that are issued to employees upon hiring include anti-harassment policies that conform to federal and state laws. Some employers take their policies further than the minimum standards set by these laws. However well intentioned these practices may be, they may have the unintended effect of creating a legally enforceable contract under […]

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Philadelphia Employment Lawyers: Circuit Court Upholds Judges’ Dismissal of Nurses FLSA Overtime Claims

The Pennsylvania Third Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss the claims of five Philadelphia-area nurses who claimed that the healthcare systems they worked for systematically underpaid them for hours worked. The appeal stemmed from a 2012 trial court’s dismissal of five cases in which the nurses claimed that their […]

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Philadelphia Employment Lawyers Report: EEOC Reevaluates Accommodations for Pregnant Employees

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 made it illegal for employers to discriminate against female employees based on pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions.  Nearly 35 years later, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is still interpreting the document to ensure that women in the workplace are treated fairly in issues relating to pregnancy. In […]

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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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