Labor Law

Supreme Court Continues to Disfavor Non-Compete Covenants Unsupported by Consideration

An agreement containing a non-compete covenant executed during employment can be challenged for lack of consideration even though the parties intended to be legally bound pursuant to the Uniform Written Obligations Act (UWOA), the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc.

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Suspended Attorney can Represent Party in Unemployment Hearing

An attorney suspended from the practice of law could serve as the claimant’s representative at an unemployment referee’s hearing, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decided in Powell v. Unemployment Compensation Bd. of Review

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Revives Whistleblower Action against Turnpike Commission

A former employee of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission may proceed with his complaint alleging violations of the Whistleblower Law, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in Bailets v. Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission

By | September 16th, 2015|Categories: Employment Law, Government Law, Labor Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Pennsylvania Supreme Court Revives Whistleblower Action against Turnpike Commission

Philadelphia not Required to Immediately Fill Fire Captain and Lieutenant Vacancies

Neither its home rule charter nor civil service regulations required the City of Philadelphia to immediately fill vacancies in fire captain and fire lieutenant positions, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in Philadelphia Firefighters’ Union, Local 22 v. City of Philadelphia.

By | August 12th, 2015|Categories: Employment Law, Labor Law, Municipal Law|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Philadelphia not Required to Immediately Fill Fire Captain and Lieutenant Vacancies

No Unfair Labor Practice where Local Workforce Investment Board Contracted with Private Entities

A county was not required to collectively bargain with its employees’ union before a local workforce investment board could seek competitive bids for the provision of services previously provided by county employees, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, District Council 87 v. Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board.

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Arbitrator Erred by Acting as Interest Arbitrator in Act 111 Grievance Arbitration

An arbitrator exceeded his jurisdiction and authority by effectively rewriting bargained-for wage terms in order to settle grievances over wages by several City of Pittsburgh police officers, the Commonwealth Court ruled in City of Pittsburgh v. Fraternal Order of Police Fort Pitt Lodge No. 1.

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