Summer Interns: No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Michael G. TrachtmanPowell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C.MEA General Counselmtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com Most of us have been there: a fresh-faced student asks – even begs – for the opportunity to do odd jobs in your workplace, for free, just to get some real-world experience. You don’t need anyone (and, in...

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...

Cybersecurity: The Legal Risks

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com A Megabyte of Prevention is Worth a Terabyte of Cure The Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee. WikiLeaks and the CIA. The monumental data breaches at Yahoo, LinkedIn, the IRS, the Department of Justice… Cybersecurity has...
4 Management Strategies That Drive Employee Engagement

4 Management Strategies That Drive Employee Engagement

If you’re like a lot of workforce leaders, a strong hiring year and reported economic upswing may have you feeling cautiously optimistic about retention and increased productivity. However, I wouldn’t count your chickens just yet. A prudent leader would be remiss to overlook two abiding truths: 1) only a...

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...
Important: The EEOC Has Published Its Position  On Whether Employers Must Provide Extra Unpaid  Leave To Disabled Employees

Important: The EEOC Has Published Its Position On Whether Employers Must Provide Extra Unpaid Leave To Disabled Employees

Michael G. Trachtman Powell Trachtman Logan Carrle & Lombardo, P.C. MEA General Counsel mtrachtman@powelltrachtman.com The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that an employer must provide a “disabled” (which is very broadly defined) employee with a reasonable accommodation to enable the employee to do his or her job.  But what...
Business Program Excites Local Students

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...