June 29, 2015 |
Masseuse Nichole Kucharek, 36, of Macungie, worked at Bear Creek Mountain Resort's spa. She and her coworkers wanted better training. Three-time war vet James Kennedy, 37, of Upper Darby, served burritos at Chipotle's in Havertown, but $8.50 an hour wasn't enough. And feeling forced to skip rest breaks also wasn't popular. Vanessa Viscuse of Philadelphia handled medical records for Mercer Bucks Cardiology, but she and others at the Newtown-based practice wondered why payroll couldn't be kept without errors.
May 24, 2013 |
A former manager at Chickie's & Pete's sports bar in Egg Harbor, N.J., has filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the sports bar chain, saying she was fired when she complained that its pay practices were illegal. Sharon Chase, 45, of Absecon, N.J., answered questions posed by a federal investigator who visited the restaurant on Nov. 28, according to the lawsuit filed last week in federal court in Camden. Chase "provided information about defendants' wage practices which she reasonably believed were in violation" of federal and state laws, the suit said.
November 8, 2012 |
The Greyhound Lines Inc. employee on her way home from work Monday said she's the kind of worker who prides herself on always being on the job. So she's not happy that Greyhound is docking her for Oct. 29 and 30 - the two days that the entire region was shut down due to Hurricane Sandy. "I'm totally upset," she said. "I think it's horrible. They were closed anyway. " Because the employee would like to keep her job, she doesn't want her name published, but she acknowledged that companies are in a tough spot, too. After all, they couldn't make any money when they were closed.
July 21, 2012 |
Community Legal Services of Philadelphia filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday, complaining that Pennsylvania's Department of Labor and Industry is slow to pay unemployment benefits. The situation, said Sharon Dietrich, who heads the nonprofit's employment law practice, will likely be exacerbated if the state goes through with its plans, announced Monday, to close its Unemployment Compensation Service Center in Philadelphia on Aug. 15. At least 75 permanent and temporary workers who process claims and answer phones will lose their jobs at the Philadelphia site, which is one of nine across the state.
March 29, 2012
Prospective employers typically ask job applicants for references. But in the age of the Internet, some want much more. In a chilling disregard for privacy rights, some companies are requiring job seekers to turn over their Facebook passwords during the hiring process. And in a competitive market amid a sluggish economy, many job seekers may feel that they have no choice but to share access to personal information on the popular social media site. The disturbing practice violates a basic Internet principle: Never disclose your password.
October 20, 2011
Reinforce laws protecting ex-offenders I was disappointed by the sensational slant of your article about prior arrests of several Philadelphia School District police officers, not to mention the subhead "Assault on Learning" ("Who is policing the Phila. school police?" Sunday). As a legal-services attorney specializing in employment law, I am aware of the difficulties many people face in finding jobs due to minor or extremely old criminal records that have no bearing on their ability to perform their jobs competently and safely.
July 26, 2011 |
Despite the down economy, the New Jersey U.S. Attorney's Office is looking to hire some highly qualified lawyers. There is a catch. The pay is zero. In what's becoming a popular maneuver across the country, New Jersey's U.S. attorney, Paul J. Fishman, is advertising for volunteer prosecutors who can be lured to work free for one year to get prestigious experience in federal courtrooms. "As people leave, we can't replace them," said Fishman, whose staff typically includes 147 lawyers but is down 10 percent because of a hiring freeze.
October 4, 2008 |
As the nation's financial crisis deepened, employers eliminated 159,000 jobs in September, putting investment analysts, carpenters, waitresses and factory fabricators out of work. The decline in payrolls, the largest for any month since March 2003, indicates an economy on the skids, as employers cut twice as many jobs last month as they did in August, the U.S. Labor Department reported yesterday. The unemployment rate remained stable at 6.1 percent of the workforce. September marked the ninth straight month of job losses, for a total of 760,000 cuts since the end of last year.
September 19, 2006 |
Fox Rothschild L.L.P., a Philadelphia firm with 325 lawyers, said yesterday that it would merge with Grotta, Glassman & Hoffman, a 53-lawyer firm in Roseland, N.J., that specializes in labor and employment law. "I think it is a wonderful development for our practice," said Scott Vernick, managing partner of Fox's Philadelphia office. Grotta will be merged into Fox, which is preparing to celebrate its 100th anniversary next year. Vernick said the merger would establish Fox in North Jersey, bring additional business to Fox's New York City office, and provide a West Coast presence through Grotta's offices in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.
January 18, 2006 |
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia heard the case yesterday of a teacher who was fired from a Catholic school in Wilmington after publicly advocating on behalf of abortion rights. The teacher's lawyers have argued that her firing violated a federal employment law that protects employees who support access to abortions. Attorneys for the school have argued that the U.S. Constitution protects religious schools' right to employ people faithful to their tenets. Michele Curay-Cramer, who now teaches at a junior high school in West Chester, was hired in 2001 to teach English and religious classes at Ursuline Academy in Wilmington.