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Philadelphia Becomes First City in the Nation to Affirmatively Protect COVID-19 Whistleblowers


MICHAEL J. DAVEY, ESQUIRE Employment Law Department Eckell Sparks Law Firm mdavey@eckellsparks.com 610–565–3700 As of Friday, June 26, 2020, it is now generally illegal in Philadelphia for an employer to discipline or fire an employee because he/she: (1) refuses to work in unsafe COVID-19 conditions  believed  to  be  created  by  the  employer;  or  (2) makes

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Podcast: Uncertainty of the 2020-21 School Year and How it Impacts Employment


In the latest episode of the Great Estate podcast, host Chris Brown detours away from estate planning and engages in an informative question and answer interview with fellow Eckell Sparks attorney Michael J. Davey. Chris and Mike together cover issues facing employers, employees, unemployed persons, and parents facing the uncertainty of the 2020-21 school year

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Medical Marijuana Users Can’t Be Fired (not for that, at least)


Last week, in what appears to be the first decision from any Pennsylvania state or federal court on the issue, the Court of Common Pleas of Lackawanna County held that Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act (“MMA”) protects an employee from being fired simply because he or she is a licensed user under the MMA. Writing for

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You Might Get a Raise in January!


Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor announced new rules effective January 1, 2020 that will raise the minimum salary level for exempt employees from $455 a week (currently) to $684 a week. Generally speaking, this means that after January 1, if your employer classifies you as a “salaried” employee who doesn’t get overtime pay for

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A Message to Our Customers About Coronavirus COVID-19:
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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

We want to assure everyone that during this unprecedented and difficult time, we are still operating and will continue to meet all the legal needs of the residents of the Delaware Valley. While the Governor’s recent orders have restricted the operations of some businesses, Eckell Sparks has deployed a variety of applications and hardware that allows both our attorneys and our support staff to confer with clients remotely, provide consultations to those seeking legal advice, and continue to provide the high level of legal services to our clients as we have always done. For more than 50 years, our Firm has been a force in the Delaware Valley legal community. And by now also leveraging technology, we will continue to do so both during, and after, the current public health emergency.

So, if you need us, we are here. Are you an employer and don’t know what to do under all the new Corona-virus laws being passed in Washington? Were you injured in a car accident either before, or during, the current crisis? Call or email us. We can help. www.eckellsparks.com 610-565-3700.

Stay safe out there.