July 12, 2015 |
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued Crothall Services Group Inc. in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia Thursday for failing to keep proper employment records. The suit said that Crothall, a nationwide janitorial and facilities management services company based in Wayne, routinely assessed applicants' criminal backgrounds in making hiring decisions. Federal law requires employers to keep records that show whether the use of criminal background checks or any other selection test, ends up causing discrimination in the hiring process.
July 11, 2015 |
When the Filipino and Indonesian temporary workers at ICS Corp., a direct mail and printing company on the edge of Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood, finished their regular shifts as machine operators, printers, cutters, and sorters, they clocked out. Then they kept on working - same duties, same place. What happened after that is the basis for a $1.45 million settlement in overtime pay and damages, payable to 166 people, following a U.S. Department of Labor investigation. Neither ICS Corp.
July 9, 2015 |
NEARLY TWO MONTHS after a Ride the Ducks boat struck and crushed his wife at a Center City intersection, a Texas man is suing the company and the city of Philadelphia. Daniel Karnicki, of Beaumont, Texas, filed the lawsuit yesterday, claiming that Liz Karnicki's wrongful death was at the hands of Ride the Ducks. The lawsuit was filed on the fifth anniversary of another Ride the Ducks collision that killed two Hungarian tourists who were on board. Karnicki's attorney, Robert Mongeluzzi, said that the duck boat's blind spots made it nearly impossible for the driver to see Liz Karnicki when she crossed the street, and that the driver was distracted because he also acted as a tour guide.
July 3, 2015
D EAR READERS: In May, I printed a letter from a parent who said that his "independent, intelligent, loving" daughters (both in their late 20s) have dated their boyfriends for five years and had recently moved in with them. The man also said that he and his wife approve of the young men. One daughter is planning to have an open house and invited her parents. The writer said that his daughter is upset because he and his wife refuse to attend because cohabitation is against their beliefs.
July 3, 2015 |
President Obama warned Iran's ayatollahs on Tuesday that he was ready to walk away from a nuclear deal if Tehran won't agree to tough measures to prevent cheating. Let's hope he means what he says. Negotiators have already extended the deadline from June 30 to July 7. The administration should push it back further if Tehran won't give inspectors adequate access or clear up questions about previous military dimensions of Iran's nuclear program. "Given past behavior on the part of Iran," said the president, verification can't "be a few inspectors wandering around every once in a while.
July 3, 2015 |
AlliedBarton Security Services, the Conshohocken-based security giant, will be sold to Wendel, a Paris-based private-equity firm, in a $1.67 billion cash and debt deal. AlliedBarton, which began its local history as SpectaGuard, founded by former Flyers president Jay Snider, employs 6,000 locally and 55,000 nationally. It counts 200 of the Fortune 500 as clients, along with 3,000 other landlords and tenants. Wendel owns 11.7 percent of the Malvern-based building-materials maker Saint-Gobain, which includes Certainteed, a more well-known local materials company.
July 2, 2015 |
James A. Nolan, 59, of New Hope, who worked in the family title insurance company his entire adult life, died Sunday, June 21, of liver cancer. The lifelong Bucks County resident, a 1974 graduate of Neshaminy High School, began working at Tohickon Abstract Co. in Holicong soon after graduating from Dartmouth College in 1978. At the time of his death, he was president and co-owner. His brother Patrick called him a "super-hard worker in the family business. " His wife, however, said his family came first.
June 28, 2015 |
Air Products & Chemicals Inc., of Allentown, has more than 750 factories in 50 countries. One of its factories, in a town near Lyon, France, was in the global spotlight Friday after an attacker rammed a vehicle into a warehouse on the property, causing an explosion, and leaving behind a severed head on the factory entrance gate. "I am horrified and saddened by the attack on our facility in France. I believe I speak for all of our Air Products family around the world in expressing our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim of this unspeakable act," CEO Seifi Ghasemi said in a statement.
June 25, 2015 |
It wasn't Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, or Zappos - none of these high-profile new-age companies nabbed the top spot on Fortune Magazine's first-ever list of best workplaces for millennials. Instead, it was a home remodeling company in Chester - Power Home Remodeling Group, a privately held firm with 1,511 employees based in a former power plant on the Delaware River. (Google, by the way, ranked 25th out of 100 for millennials, although the California search engine company has led Fortune's respected Top 100 Workplaces for all workers for the last six years.)
June 24, 2015 |
The acquisitive Dallas company that gobbled up Sunoco in 2012 is making a bid to become an even bigger energy behemoth. Energy Transfer Equity L.P. announced Monday that it had proposed an all-stock merger with Tulsa-based Williams Cos. Inc. that it valued at $53.1 billion, combining two of the country's largest pipeline companies. Williams rejected the offer, which priced its stock at a 32 percent premium, as being inadequate. But the company's stock soared Monday, closing almost 26 percent higher, and Williams announced that it had launched a review of its strategic alternatives, including a merger.