March 2023: Philadelphia City Mayor Pass Bills to Grant Reproductive Health Protections

Update Applicable to:All employers in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. What happened?On January 16, 2023, the Philadelphia Mayor signed three bills into law. These bills are known as the Reproductive Freedom Platform, a package that extends critical protections to anyone who receives or provides reproductive healthcare in Philadelphia. What are the details? The legislative package […]

December 2022: Pennsylvania Advances LGBTQ and Hair Texture or Hairstyle Discrimination Protections

Update Applicable to: All employers in the state of Pennsylvania. What happened?On December 8, new regulations were proposed by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) regarding more protections for LGBTQ employees and hairstyle protections. What are the details? The regulation is consistent with recent Supreme Court and other federal case laws holding the term “sex” includes protection […]

December 2022: Pennsylvania Amends Breach Notification Law

Update Applicable to:All employers of employees covered by HIPPA in the state of Pennsylvania What happened?On November 4, 2022, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 696 (SB 696) into law, amending Pennsylvania’s breach notification law.  What are the details?Effective May 2, 2023, SB 696 expands the definition of “personal information” to include the following data elements when compromised […]

July 2022: Pennsylvania Tipped Worker and Overtime Rules Take Effect August 5, 2022

Update Applicable to:All businesses that receive tips and all businesses with salary workers in the state of Pennsylvania. What happened?On March 21, 2022, Pennsylvania’s Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved the regulation that will clarify when an employer may apply the tip credit and when tip pooling is permitted and clarifies how to calculate the […]

June 2022: Philadelphia City Council Vote Employee Commuter Transit Benefit Program into Law

Update Applicable to:All employers with 50 or more employees in the city of Philadelphia. What happened?On June 9, 2022, the Philadelphia City Council passed an ordinance titled, “Employee Commuter Transit Benefit Programs,” which would require employers to make available to a commuter transit benefit program. The bill is currently awaiting the mayor’s signature. What are […]

April 2022: Philadelphia Reinstates Mask Mandate Requirements

Update Applicable to:All businesses that provide public indoor spaces in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. What happened?On April 11, 2022, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health announced that it has moved into the “Mask Precautions” pandemic response level and will reinstate the City’s indoor mask mandate for most indoor spaces. What are the details?Effective April […]

March 2022: Philadelphia’s COVID-19 Paid Leave is Now in Effect

Update Applicable to:All employers with 25 or more employees in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania What happened?On March 10, 2022, Philadelphia Mayor Kenney signed into law the third iteration of the Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) law, which goes into effect immediately and will sunset on December 23, 2023. What are the details? Eligibility The […]

March 2022: City of Philadelphia Lifts Mask Mandate

Update Applicable to:All employers in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania What happened?On March 2, 2022, the city of Philadelphia announced that it has moved into the “All Clear COVID Response Level,” in response to dropping cases of COVID-19. What are the details? Effective immediately, all individuals will no longer be required to wear a face […]

March 2022: Pittsburgh Expands Workplace Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

Update Applicable to:All employers with five or more employees in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania What happened?On December 6, 2021, then-Mayor Bill Peduto, signed Bill No. 2021-2185 amending the city’s workplace anti-discrimination ordinance to include victims of domestic violence as a protected class. What are the details?Under the amended ordinance, employers with five or more employees are […]