Our Blog: Employer-Employee Relations

FLSA Overtime Exemptions To Go Into Effect January 1, 2020

October 14, 2019

On September 27, 2019, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) issued revised regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) that increase the minimum salary threshold to qualify for exemption from overtime.  The prior rule has been in... Read more

50th Anniversary of the Historic Passing of Ordinance #395

August 16, 2019

On July 7th, 2019, the In Sisterhood Project celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the historic passing of Ordinance #395—an event which cemented Pittsburgh’s place in the women’s movement. The event premiered the “Changing the Want Ads”... Read more


March 9, 2018

Sexual harassment continues to make news.  Although much of the attention has focused on the powerful and famous, sexual harassment can occur in any business, and employers ignore the problem at their own peril. Now is the time to review your... Read more

New Year, New Issues

February 1, 2018

The New Year always brings with it renewed hope for the future.  In 2018, the New Year will bring Pennsylvania businesses many issues to address, old (sexual harassment) and new (medical marijuana).  Here’s my list for the three issues your... Read more

Using Mindfulness to Enhance Your HR Function – Recruiting

March 6, 2017

Reminder: Turn off any distractions.  Take a few minutes to relax.  Keeping the distractions off, turn your full attention to your recruiting efforts.  Honestly, but without judgment, answer the following questions: How do you recruit new... Read more

Using Mindfulness to Enhance Your HR Function – Introduction

March 6, 2017

There’s been much talk about mindfulness.  Many of you will recognize it as part of a yoga or meditation practice.  Don’t worry.  I’m not going to suggest that you meditate or strike a pose in the office.  I am going to ask you to do... Read more


December 29, 2016

Beginning January 22, 2017, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will require employers to use the 11/14/16 edition of Form I-9, which verifies the identity and employment authorization of new employees. Although employers can use the... Read more


December 2, 2016

For anyone thinking that the injunction entered by a Texas federal court would end the change to the overtime regulations, think again.  The matter has been appealed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In broad terms, one... Read more


November 26, 2016

For those of you preparing to change exempt status or salaries based on the new overtime regulations, you can relax.  On November 22 a federal court in Texas granted an injunction temporarily stopping the new regulation from taking effect December... Read more

Taking The Dread Out of Year-End Evaluations

October 20, 2016

It’s not too early to start working on year-end evaluations.  Whether you’re a first time manager or a seasoned veteran, chances are that you dread the process.  Here are some simple tips to reduce the stress. Encourage... Read more