In advance of Philadelphia entering the “green” phase and many businesses reopening, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed the Essential Workers Protection Act (Bill No. 200328) on June 25 and was signed by Mayor Jim Kenney on June 26, 2020.

For purposes of this Act, introduced by City Councilwoman Helen Gym, essential workers are employees who work in the health care, food service, public transportation, and hospitality industries. Philadelphia employers will be barred from retaliating against essential workers who voice concerns regarding working conditions that potentially expose them to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) or those conditions that would violate any mandatory public health orders issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Read the full GT Alert, “Philadelphia City Council Passes Bill Prohibiting Employers from Retaliating Against Workers for Speaking Out About COVID-19 Safety Violations.”

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Photo of Kevin Greenberg Kevin Greenberg

Kevin Greenberg focuses his practice on administrative law, government-related matters, emerging companies, technology, development and regulated companies and entities. A former government lawyer with more than a decade back in private practice, Kevin counsels private and publicly owned companies on state and local

Kevin Greenberg focuses his practice on administrative law, government-related matters, emerging companies, technology, development and regulated companies and entities. A former government lawyer with more than a decade back in private practice, Kevin counsels private and publicly owned companies on state and local regulatory, legal, and policy matters with a focus on the clients strategic objectives and provides advice on matters that will enhance their business opportunities in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania. Kevin also regularly works with a wide range of clients on their compliance matters, ranging from lobbyists and government contractors to elected officials and candidates. He has deep relationships across Pennsylvania and in Washington and has served on transition committees for state and local officials, including the efforts of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf.

With two decades of experience as a transactional lawyer including service as a general counsel for a software company with government contracts, Kevin also regularly counsels businesses in corporate and real estate transactions and serves as outside general counsel for several clients. In real estate, he has been involved in brownfields, urban expansion, tax credit projects, and has represented a wide range of market participants from tenants and small developers to some of the nation’s largest property owners and housing authorities. Kevin’s technology practice ranges from his representation of leading research institutions and start-up companies.

Photo of Kelly Dobbs Bunting Kelly Dobbs Bunting

Kelly Bunting is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Workforce Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement group. She litigates federal and state class and collective actions alleging wage and hour violations, misclassification, overtime, minimum wage and off-the-clock work. She also defends employers around

Kelly Bunting is Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Workforce Compliance & Regulatory Enforcement group. She litigates federal and state class and collective actions alleging wage and hour violations, misclassification, overtime, minimum wage and off-the-clock work. She also defends employers around the country in single plaintiff litigation involving gender, age, disability, race, national origin, religious and pregnancy discrimination, harassment and retaliation; whistleblower claims; theft of trade secrets; breach of duty; breach of employment agreements and restrictive covenants. Kelly has appeared before the EEOC, the NLRB, the DOL and many state agencies. She drafts and negotiates national and international employment agreements, secondment agreements, settlement and severance agreements. She has represented employers in numerous U.S. Department of Labor audits and investigations, and has conducted labor and employment due diligence in many M&A transactions.

Kelly advises multinational clients on workplace policies, best practices, internal investigations, cross-border issues and employment-related FCPA/anti-corruption law compliance. She is a founding member of the Global Workforce Solutions group, and has spoken on U.S. and international L&E topics around the world. In 2018, Kelly was listed in Who’s Who in Labour & Employment Law. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Kelly was ranked as “Recommended” by The Legal 500 United States for her work in Labor and Employment: Workplace and Employment Counseling and is a member of Philadelphia’s first-tier ranked Labor & Employment Practice by U.S. News-Best Lawyers.