Two Pennsylvania based companies and their staffing agencies recently learned, the hard way, that the Department of Labor (“DOL”) is aggressively targeting employers who allegedly violate the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) by failing to properly pay employees the minimum wage and the overtime hours they may have worked. Both companies utilized temporary workers who were provided by outside staffing agencies to perform work in their facilities. According to the DOL, the temporary workers who worked for one company were paid $6 an hour, in cash, and did not receive time and a half for any overtime hours they may have worked.
The Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Act, signed into law on April 17, 2016, will take effect today (May 17, 2016). Pennsylvania is the 24th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. There remains, however, a ramp up period before the Act takes meaningful effect. For example, the Department of Health must promulgate regulations to flesh out how the law will actually operate. An initial batch of regulations, potentially temporary regulations, should be out by the fall of 2016. See generally Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Act, PL 84, No. 16 (April 17, 2016). The Act authorizes initial approval of as many as fifty dispensary operators, each of which could operate up to three locations a piece, resulting in a potential for 150 initial dispensary locations throughout the Commonwealth. See Act. Sec. 616. The total implementation period of the Act is expected to take between 18 and 24 months.