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Pennsylvania Employment Law Blog

Agreeing to a severance buyout

Recently, major corporations such as General Motors, Verizon and Pfizer have announced employee buyouts for the end of this year. These buyouts illustrate the emotional and financial considerations that accompany their decision to enter severance agreements.

This year, companies ended 46,100 jobs in this country through voluntary severance. Voluntary severance was related to almost 10.5 percent of job cuts in 2018, which was the highest ever recorded. This rate was only 1.15 percent in 2017.

Non-competition clauses multiplying

Non-competition agreements are intended to protect business by preventing employees from taking the skills they learned at that business and working for their former employer's competitor. Non-compete agreements in employment contracts, however, have sometimes been used unreasonably and are responsible for decreasing wages and job mobility.

Sexual harassment affects men, too

While instances of workplace sexual harassment involving females are typically more likely to make headlines and news broadcasts, women are not the only ones experiencing this type of behavior while on the job. Regrettably, however, many male victims of sexual harassment hesitate to speak out and draw attention to the mistreatment. This often occurs because men have concerns about whether others will take their harassment claims seriously.

According to Psychology Today, the number of American working men who are reporting instances of sexual harassment is on the rise. In 2011, for example, men filed just over 16 percent of all sexual harassment cases logged with the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission, though this number grew to 17.6 percent by 2013. Just what types of sexual harassment are American men experiencing in the workplace?

Negotiating the first employment contract

A medical doctor's first employment is one of their biggest challenges after medical school and residency. Employment contracts for medical professionals should contain certain provisions to help assure success.

Compensation trends now depend more on productivity than a specific salary amount. Negotiations and contract terms should identify productivity expectations and whether a health professional can realistically meet these goals.

Non-compete agreements may overreach

Employers may seek noncompetition agreements to prevent former employees or independent contractors from taking confidential information, trade secrets or customers. When asked to sign an employment contract containing a noncompetition clause, employees should consider whether these clauses are invalid.

Rating medical employment contracts

The national shortage of physicians may give them added negotiation powers. But, job applicants should be prepared to carefully review important terms and inducements in employment contracts for medical professionals.

Common employment contract terms

Employers are using employment agreements with more frequency. Job candidates must keep an eye on certain terms that can impact their employment prospects and should be prepared to negotiate for better terms in these employment contracts.

Following a U.S. Supreme Court decision issued earlier this year, employers possess more legal power to enforce arbitration terms in these contracts. Under arbitration, employers can take disputes to arbitrators instead of facing class action lawsuits or other court proceedings. Employers usually bear the costs of arbitration proceedings.

4 issues to negotiate in your severance package

Getting news about a layoff is frustrating. Learning about the termination of your job may leave you in shock and fear. However, the fact your boss is offering you a severance package may soften the blow.

Even though a severance package is a good thing, you do not necessarily need to accept the first offer. In fact, you should negotiate your agreement so it is more in your favor. Here are some of the core points you should work out with your employer.

Non-compete agreements and health professionals

Non-compete agreements have become more widely used in health care and other professions. Special attention should apply to the terms of these agreements when negotiating employment contracts for medical professionals.

Non-compete agreements may be enforced in Pennsylvania. These agreements are intended to prevent a doctor from taking their former patients, confidential information or intellectual property when they leave a practice. Practitioners are often surprised about their restrictions and their enforcement when they try to change employment.