Category Archives: Employment

On Friday, March 22, 2020, at 9:00 a.m., BCGL will host a webinar titled "Getting Back to Work: Employment Issues in the Yellow Phase."  Theresa Mongiovi, Chair of BCGL’s Employment & Labor Law Department, and Angela Sanders, will discuss new requirements governing employers including state and federal worker safety requirements, interplay of the Paycheck Protection Program with layoff and furlough considerations, recall strategies, required exposure protocols, new benefits, and managing employee issues related to COVID-19.  


Join us Friday at 9:00 a.m. at the following link:  Return to Work Webinar

You can also dial in using your phone at the following toll free number:  1-866-899-4679
The access code for the webinar is 770-564-397.

Brubaker Connaughton Goss & Lucarelli LLC (BCGL) is proud to announce the hire of Michael Hilliard as an associate attorney in the firm’s financial services department where he will support team members in all matters relating to bank lending, debt restructuring, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, corporate governance and general business. Hilliard is originally from Homer City, Pennsylvania and relocated to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the opportunity to join the BCGL team.


“Michael’s in-depth background in accounting and auditing combined with his legal expertise will make him an incredibly valuable member of our financial services department,” said Brett Jackson, financial services partner. “We’re honored to have a such a talented professional join our team.”


Hilliard has experience in business law, contract law, collections, estate administration, estate planning, employment law and family law. He also has extensive background in accounting and finance due to his experience as a financial and operational auditor in the steel, banking, wealth management and financial management industries. He most recently served as associate attorney at a firm in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.


“As a new resident of Lancaster County, I’m looking forward to getting involved in this incredible community and becoming a part of the BCGL team,” said Hilliard. “This is a wonderful opportunity to work side-by-side with innovative leaders in the legal industry.”


Hilliard is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania. He earned his doctorate in law from Duquesne University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University. He is a member of the Westmoreland County Bar Association, and has served on the Westmoreland County Bar Association Family Law Committee, Westmoreland County Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Committee, Westmoreland County Bar Association Estates and Trusts Committee, and Westmoreland County Bar Association Young Lawyers Committee. He is also a recent inductee to the 2017 Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame for football.


October 1, 2013 is an important date for all employers as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) become a reality to employees in workplaces.  PPACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace permits individuals who are not covered on an employer health plan to purchase health insurance. The Marketplace is slated to become operational on January 1, 2014, but individuals can begin signing up at October 1, 2013.

All employers who are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must provide written notice to all current employees about the Marketplace by October 1, 2013.  In general, the FLSA applies to employers that employ one or more employees who are engaged in, or produce goods for, interstate commerce. For most employers, a test of not less than $500,000 in annual dollar volume of business applies.  For employees that begin employment on or after October 1, 2013, employers must provide the Marketplace Notice within 14 days of the employee’s start date.  The Marketplace Notice may be provided to employees by first-class mail. Alternatively, it can be provided electronically if employees have work-related computer access that is integral to their job duties. Any employee that does not have work-related computer access must affirmatively consent to electronic disclosure.

The Department of Labor has prepared two model notices which employers may use that can be found by clicking here. One model notice is for use by employers that do not provide health coverage and the second notice is for employers that offer a plan to some or all employees.  Many insurance brokers have prepared model notices for use by their clients.

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor posted a notice on its website advising that there is no fine or penalty under PPACA for failing to provide the Marketplace Notice.  Despite this post, employers are encouraged to comply with the requirements of law.

If you have questions about your obligations under PPACA, or how to address employee’s questions about PPACA, please contact Theresa Mongiovi, Esquire, Chair of BCGL’s Employment and Labor Law Department at 945-5763.