Entries by Steve Harvey

Leading Jurists, Scholars, and Advocates Say Unrelenting CO2 Emissions Violate International Law and Must Be Reduced to Prevent Catastrophe

A group of prominent jurists, scholars, and advocates on March 1, 2015, adopted the Oslo Principles on Global Climate Change Obligations. The Principles are based on the undeniable fact that “[t]he threats [to the Earth from climate change] are grave and imminent,” and the inescapable conclusion that “[a]voiding severe global catastrophe is a moral and […]

New Federal Study of Consumer Arbitration Clauses Finds That Consumers Lack Understanding and Clauses Limit Class Relief

On March 10, 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) issued the second part of a long awaited study on arbitration clauses in consumer financial services contracts.[1] CFPB head Richard Cordray summarized two key study findings. “Tens of millions of consumers are covered by arbitration clauses, but few know about them or understand their impact,” […]

The Twin Obstacles Of Standing And State Secrecy Live On In Surveillance Challenges

Originally posted by Jeffrey Vagle on February 11, 2015 on The Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School Website As Federal District Judge Jeffrey White made plain in his order granting the government partial summary judgment yesterday in Jewel v. NSA, current judicial interpretations of both standing doctrine and the state secrets privilege […]

Supreme Court to Clarify Pregnant Workers’ Rights

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Young v. United Parcel Service, Inc.,[1] a case that is expected to clarify employers’ legal obligations when pregnant women with work limitations seek workplace accommodations. Petitioner Peggy Young was a driver for UPS, a positon that required her to lift up to 70 pounds. During her […]

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Decide Fresh Consideration Rule for Employee Non-Competes

Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted allocator in Socko v. Mid-Atlantic Systems of CPA, Inc., 99 A.3d 928 (Pa. Super. Ct. 2014). Socko is the Pennsylvania Superior Court decision from May 2014 that re-affirmed the rule that fresh consideration is required for a non-compete signed after the inception of employment. In Socko, the employer tried […]

Understanding the Science of Climate Change with Richard Alley, Ph.D., in Philadelphia on November 6, 2014

I am very pleased to report that Bill Fedullo, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, will be hosting a Chancellor’s Forum onNovember 6, 2014, on the subject of climate change. Bill has asked me to introduce the speakers. The principal speaker will be Noted Climate Scientist Richard B. Alley, Ph.D. of Penn State. Dr. Alley will […]

Payroll Cards Must Comply With Federal and State Law

In an era where technology equates with convenience, it’s not surprising that employers incorporate the latest technology in all facets of the workplace, including the way employees get paid. One way in which this is done is by issuing payroll cards instead of cash, check, or direct deposit. However, as is often the case with […]

NYC Climate Rally

The huge climate rally last week in New York City and other cities around the globe kicked off UN Climate Summit 2014, perhaps the most important government initiative ever. To show my support, I attended the rally on my folding bicycle and filmed what I saw with a GoPro camera strapped to my helmet. This […]