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What to do when you get a severance package

What to do when you get a severance package? Often, when we receive calls from folks who were recently presented with severance packages, they are feeling overwhelmed, both by the significant life event taking place and by the stack of paperwork that they were handed. A recent caller stated that she had never before seen […]

Mediation For All

Mediation for all… From Jack Smith: I will be on a panel at a mediation continuing legal education seminar on March 22, 2019.  I am looking forward to hearing how other mediators deal with common issues that come up in mediation.  I am sure I will learn some new approaches and techniques; and, hope to […]

Pregnancy in Employment

If you are an employer who has a pregnant employee, it is very important to be aware of what your responsibilities are under the law.  In the same vein, it is also important to know as an employee what an employer’s obligations are to you under the law if you are pregnant. Any employer with […]

What to do if you are laid off

No one wants to be laid off from their job; however, lay offs do happen and if your company has announced a lay off it is a good idea to know what steps you can take to lessen the effect a lay off has on you and your family. Review any documents you received when […]

Happy Fourth of July

July 5, 2018 The 4th of July Like a lot of you, I proudly put out the American Flag yesterday morning to celebrate the 4th.  I have three – the one used on the house, the one that honored my father’s service in WWII at his funeral, and the one with only 48 stars from […]

Restrictive Covenants

Restrictive Covenants in Employment Agreements   On a number of occasions, we have written about restrictive covenants appearing in employment agreements. The restrictive covenants that are often contained are provisions like non-competition agreements, trade secret protection, non-solicitation provisions, and confidentiality provisions. See our blogs from September 2016, January 2017, and January of this year.   […]

New Year, New Job?

If you are starting the new year with a new job, make sure you know what you are signing if you are presented with an employment contract. Many times, employers will include non-compete agreements that can be enforceable even if you are later terminated without cause. Similarly, if you are thinking about leaving your current […]

Qui Tam

Qui Tam Smith Law Firm is excited to announce that we have joined forces with two partners from the Philadelphia office of an International Law Firm who specialize in qui tam actions. What is a qui tam action? A qui tam action is a lawsuit brought by an individual or individuals against a company on […]

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Beginning with the many accusations against Harvey Weinstein, sexual harassment in the work place has been a main headline in the news.  Per the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favor, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment also includes offensive remarks […]

Parson’s Presumption Pt. 3

In June we wrote with an update on Wilkes v. City of Greenville dealing with the Parson’s Presumption. In Wilkes the Supreme Court of North Carolina affirmed that a Plaintiff in a Workers’ Compensation claim is entitled to a presumption that future medical treatment is related to the compensable injury.  In this regard, the employer […]

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