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August 16, 2018Is Your Employee Handbook Up to Date? Compare It With This Checklist
- Do employees sign a signature page, confirming they received the handbook?
- On the signature page, do employees agree to follow the policies in the handbook?
- Does the signature page state that this handbook replaces any previous versions?
- On the signature page, do employees agree that they will be “at-will” employees?
- Do employees agree that the employer may change its policies in the future?
- Does the employer confirm that it will pay employees for all hours worked?
- Before employees work overtime, are they required to obtain a supervisor’s approval?
- During unpaid breaks, are employees completely relieved of all duties? (For example, while a receptionist takes an unpaid lunch break, this person shouldn’t be required to greet visitors or answer phone calls.)
- Are employees paid when they attend a business meeting during lunch?
- Are employees paid for attending in-service trainings?
- Are employees paid while they take short breaks?
- Has the employer considered combining vacation time, sick time, and personal time into one “bucket” of paid time off?
- Does the paid time off policy line up with the employer’s business objectives? (For example, does it provide incentives for employees to use paid time off during seasons when business is slower?)
- Does the handbook say what will happen to paid time off when employment ends? (In Pennsylvania, employers are not required to pay terminated employees for the value of their paid time off. Some employers choose to do this, as an incentive for employees to give at least two weeks’ notice.)
- If the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) applies to the employer, does the handbook inform employees of their rights?
- Does the handbook list all types of…
Pittsburgh’s Babst Calland Bulks Up Emerging Tech Practices
August 15, 2018Five Babst Calland Attorneys Named as 2019 Best Lawyers® “Lawyers of the Year” and 33 Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©
August 10, 2018Complexities in determining title to oil and gas under Pennsylvania roadways
August 1, 2018New PHMSA Rulemaking Proceeding Targets Changes to Class Location Requirements
July 30, 2018Federal pipeline safety agency weighs new approach to handling population shifts
The federal pipeline safety regulator may change the way it handles requirements for gas pipelines in areas where population density is on the rise, potentially addressing operator concerns about the disruptions that current policy can lead to.
When more people move into the areas around gas transmission pipelines, federal rules require pipe operators to shift the way they use their infrastructure, but the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, or PHMSA, said July 30 that it is entertaining the idea of allowing companies to instead apply certain “integrity management” practices.
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July 27, 2018Zoning Hearing Board: Overlooked, Misunderstood or Misapplied Principles
July 17, 2018The EPA and Corps Request Additional Comments on the Proposed Repeal of the Clean Water Rule
- The CWR exceeds the Agencies’ authority under the Act by (1) failing to give sufficient effect to the statute’s use of the term “navigable” to define the Agencies’ jurisdiction and (2) focusing too much on the biological and environmental importance of wetlands.
- The CWR is a misapplication of the “significant nexus” test for jurisdiction under the Act established by soon-to-be-retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy in the 2006 decision in Rapanos v. United States, 547 U.S. 715…
July 16, 2018Energy Industry in WV and Ohio
July 13, 2018Delaware Riverkeeper Network and May Van Rossum v. PADEP and Constitution Drive Partners, LP
July 12, 2018Babst Calland Adds 3 Attys To Emerging Tech Practice
July 10, 2018Pennsylvania Supreme Court reverses approval of oil and gas well on narrow grounds
Babst Calland Grows Emerging Technologies Practice, Adds Three Lateral Attorneys
July 9, 2018Babst Calland adds 3 to corporate practice, builds tech expertise
July 6, 2018The 2018 Babst Calland Report Focuses on the Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Industry Forging Ahead Despite Obstacles
Three Pittsburgh attorneys selected to national list of influencers
The Business Journals’ Influencers: Law spotlights 100 executives who are having an impact on business and legal matters in communities across the nation.
These 100 executives represent both large, nationally recognized firms and smaller, locally focused businesses. Some are long-tenured executives, while others have found success relatively early in their careers. And while some might be familiar industry names and others less so, as a group nationally, these individuals are having an impact on matters of business and law in myriad areas.For the full article, click here.
Babst Calland Expands Mobility, Transport and Safety Practice
Kasznica joins Babst Calland
One of Pittsburgh’s largest law firms has boosted its technology expertise with a big catch.
Babst Calland confirmed on Friday that Justine Kasznica has come aboard as a shareholder in its Mobility, Transport and Safety and Corporate and Commercial groups. Monday is her first day at the downtown headquarters of the region’s seventh-largest law firm.
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June 29, 2018House Oversight Hearing Previews Challenges and Opportunities for Pipeline Safety Act Reauthorization
June 27, 2018Compulsory Payment of Fair Share/Agency Fees by Public Employees Held Unconstitutional
The intersection of the Right-to-Know Law, trade secrets and confidential proprietary info
June 25, 2018Spat between drillers, PUC cuts $6M into state’s impact fee
June 24, 2018Lien and Bond Claims: A Subcontractor’s Security Blanket
June 22, 2018West Virginia – not EPA – Will Develop Water Quality Improvement Plans
June 20, 2018The 2018 Babst Calland Report Focuses on the Appalachian Basin Oil & Gas Industry Forging Ahead Despite Obstacles