On July 1, 2016, the City of Philadelphia’s new Wage Theft Ordinance went into effect. In substance, the Ordinance provides employees who fall within the scope of the Ordinance another means for seeking to recover unpaid wages (i.e., “wage theft” under the Ordinance), it creates the position of wage theft coordinator in Philadelphia, and it imposes new compliance obligations on employers who are subject to the Ordinance.
Justice Antonin Scalia’s death created a 4-4 split among liberal and conservative-leaning Justices, rendering tidy scorecards and trends regarding this past Supreme Court session’s employment law jurisprudence imprudent. The employment law “blockbuster” decisions, which many had hoped for, never debuted. Instead, the Court punted several cases back to circuit courts and issued deadlocked ties or rulings limited in scope.
Pennsylvania recently weighed in on the increasing and developing wage violation litigation, albeit from a procedural perspective, involving Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”). On July 21, 2016, United States District Court Judge Michael M. Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied Uber’s request to compel arbitration, and Uber’s separate request to stay the pending court action.