Work Requirements v. Employee Religious Beliefs

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com Still Another Example of How Common Sense Can Get You in Legal Trouble For lawyers who try to practice “preventive law” – that is, preventing claims, and not just litigating claims – employment law presents...

New AnswersNow is coming!

AnswersNow has been updated with added functionality and a smoother user experience! You still have terrific content written and organized by the expert Wolters Kluwer team of employment law editors – along with a variety of business tools to help comply with all of your federal and state requirements....

Six Sigma Still Misunderstood By Many

Popularized by Motorola and GE in the 1990s, Six Sigma is perhaps the most effective problem solving methodology for improving business performance; yet it is still misunderstood by many. Six Sigma’s rigorous methodology Define-Measure-Analyze-Improve-Control (DMAIC) and many of the Six Sigma “tools” have been broadly adopted. But at the...

Lean Philosophy – Can Your Company Benefit?

Lean in business, is a philosophy for operations and processes that focuses on reducing nonvalue added activities to gain speed. It includes a collection of “best practice” derived tools and techniques that expose, diagnose and optimize human resources, assets, and productivity, while improving the quality level of products and...

2017 Standard Mileage Rates Released

The IRS has released the 2017 optional standard mileage rates that employees, self-employed individuals, and other taxpayers can use to compute deductible costs of operating automobiles (including vans, pickups and panel trucks) for business, medical, moving and charitable purposes. The 2017 standard mileage rate has decreased to 53.5 cents...

Business Program Excites Local Students

There is an award-winning summer program that for nearly four decades has been exciting the imaginations of high school students throughout Pennsylvania about the world of business and private enterprise.  That program, Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW), will be marking its 39th storied year this July and August.  PFEW...

Final Rule Eases the Way for Certain Immigrant and Nonimmigrant Workers and Their Employers

The Department of Homeland Security has amended its regulations on certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The final rule provides various benefits to program participants, including improved processes and increased certainty for U.S. employers seeking to sponsor and retain immigrant and nonimmigrant workers; greater stability and job flexibility...

N.J.-Pennsylvania Reciprocal Agreement Will NOT Be Ending

The tax reciprocal agreement between Pennsylvania and New Jersey will remain in place. New Jersey has chosen not to terminate the 40-year-old agreement. Pennsylvania residents who work in New Jersey will continue to be subject to the Pennsylvania personal income tax and have Pennsylvania personal income tax withheld from...