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November 30, 2018Sincerely Held Secular Beliefs Do Not Qualify for Religious Exemption From Flu Shot Policy
Paving the Way for Autonomous Vehicles
Issues Redefine Regulatory Landscape
November 21, 2018Commonwealth Court upholds ordinance allowing drilling in all zoning districts
Water law update: Recent developments expected to affect the natural gas industry
November 19, 2018Babst Calland Partners with CMU and Industry Leaders to Discuss Mobility Technology
November 1, 2018U.S. EPA Seeks Comment on Rollback of New Source Methane Standards
October 30, 2018Commonwealth Court Upholds Validity of Ordinance Allowing Shale Gas Drilling in All Zoning Districts
October 19, 2018PHMSA finalizing new regulations for issuing emergency orders
October 2, 2018Sixth Circuit Decisions Create Circuit Split on Clean Water Act’s Regulation of Discharges to Groundwater
Podcast: Finding Value in Value Assurance Programs (VAPs)
September 27, 2018New PHMSA Rulemaking Proceeding Targets Changes to Class Location Requirements
September 25, 2018Mobility In The Age Of Artificial Intelligence
Mobility can be broadly defined as the movement of people, goods and information, and is consciously used here as a catchall term to describe a rapidly evolving ecosystem. Advancements in machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), big data and connected systems (Internet of Things-IoT), applied against a backdrop of increased social and cultural acceptance of new technologies (such as autonomous systems, as well as enhanced capabilities of electric batteries and power/communications systems), as well as new economic models (such as the shared economy and Robot as a Services (RaaS) business models), have led to an unprecedented disruption of industries within the mobility ecosystem.
These industries range from automotive, rail, shipping, aviation industries to last-mile logistics and commercial space – essentially, any industry that builds or supports vehicles or systems that move on or through land, air, sea and space.
It is difficult to ignore the changing mobility landscape. For perspective, market forecasts predict that the IoT market alone will grow to $267 billion by 2020 and $640 Billion by 2022, and that as much as half of the IoT market will be attributable to spending on discrete manufacturing, transportation and logistics.
Despite these optimistic projections, full realization of the beneficial potential of this new era of mobility will be impossible unless industry participants give adequate priority and attention to critical policy issues related to system functionality/safety, data rights, security/rogue users, and product liability that, if left unaddressed, will become a barrier to widespread and sustainable adoption of these technologies. Specifically, industry participants should consider the following.
• System Functionality; Safety. “Is it safe?” This is the threshold question asked by those interacting with any autonomous or AI-enabled mobility technology. The question of safety is challenging, because the definition of safety is relative and tied to…
September 24, 2018Pennsylvania court opens door to claims of trespass by fracking
September 18, 2018Fourth Circuit Rules that Coal Ash Ponds and Landfill are not “Point Sources” under the Clean Water Act
Keith J. Coyle: Oppose the ban on pipeline construction
A moratorium on pipeline construction will make Pennsylvania less safe
Commonwealth Court invalidates portions of Chapter 78a regulations as unlawful
August 31, 2018Federal Court Enjoins West Virginia County from Using Zoning Laws to Interfere with Construction of Compressor Station
August 30, 2018Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy Derek Kan joins Congressman Keith Rothfus to Meet with Local Transportation and Infrastructure Industry Professionals and Leaders
August 29, 2018Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Invalidates Portions of Chapter 78a Regulations as Unlawful
August 27, 2018As Big Law Steps on Their Turf, Midsized Firms Bet on Niche Practices
August 24, 2018Raise It or Waive It: Standing Can Play a Critical Role in Zoning Hearings
Federal Court Partially Vacates U.S. EPA’s 2015 Coal Combustion Residuals Rule
- The Court granted EPA’s motion for a voluntary remand on three parts of the Rule:
- The definition of “Coal Residuals Piles”…
August 20, 2018Obama-Era WOTUS Rule Back In Effect, What Happens Now?
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…