Impact of Presidential Election on Employers

Attorney Jonathan (Jon) Nadler currently serves as a partner at the Philadelphia office of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC, where he concentrates on labor and employment law, including discrimination cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Before beginning his career, Jonathan Nadler earned his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law.

In 2012 Jonathan (Jon) Nadler co-authored a series of articles in Forbes on the impact of the presidential election on employers. The first article noted the shift away from standard full-time jobs to hiring workers on a contract basis. In just the short period between 2005 and 2010, the number of contract workers increased ten-fold, from 4 million to 40 million, which constituted 23% of the workforce. The Department of Labor announced new proposed regulations that increase burdens for companies that use contract labor.

One factor driving the proposed regulations is tax revenues. Classification of workers implicates the collection of payroll taxes, Social Security and Medicare taxes, unemployment and workers’ compensation taxes, as well as others. State governments are concerned with worker classification as well. For example, a 2011 Pennsylvania law imposes civil and criminal penalties for misclassification of independent contractors in the construction industry. Other states are also stepping up enforcement efforts.


Increased Traveling Summer 2014

After earning his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, Jonathan Nadler served as a law clerk for a federal district judge in Laredo, Texas, and began practicing labor and employment law. He is currently an attorney with Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC, in Philadelphia. Jon Nadler represents employers in a wide variety of labor and employment matters. In his time outside the office, he enjoys jazz, tennis, and traveling.

Traveling is at a new high in the U.S. Experts expect that approximately 210 million passengers will fly on U.S. carriers during the summer of 2014, the highest in six years. This includes 30 million passengers traveling internationally on U.S. carriers, an all time high.

Several factors are likely responsible for the special interest in traveling this summer. Summer holidays and appealing travel package deals always play a role in summer travel. Although airlines typically increase prices by two percent during the summer months, travel booking websites are offering fares to the most-desired destinations in the United States at rates that are the same or up to 23 percent less than 2013.

Top Prospects in the Philadelphia Phillies’ Farm System

Jonathan Nadler is a Philadelphia-area attorney who represents clients in a variety of employment and labor law matters. He also assists employers in ERISA litigation matters such as claims of breach of fiduciary duty and denial of benefits. Jonathan Nadler is a baseball fan and follows the Major League New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

Currently in a rebuilding phase, the Phillies have a number of emerging prospects, including catcher Deivi Grullon, who is with the Lakewood Threshers in the Single A League. Grullon combines an excellent arm with stellar defensive skills, and he has the potential to develop into a power-hitting threat at the plate as well, and viewed as a potential replacement for aging stars Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, and Carlos Ruiz. Only 18 years old, Grullon will likely take a few years to reach his full potential as a Major Leaguer.

Another highly regarded Phillies prospect is right-handed pitcher Severino Gonzalez, who has exceptional ball control and mixes an above-average fastball with sliders and curve balls. In 2013, he received the Paul Owens Award for being the best pitcher in the Phillies’ farm system. Like many Phillies fans, Jon Nadler looks forward to seeing the next generation of talent propel the team back to the top of the National League East.

Three Basic Tennis Shots

As a partner at the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, in Philadelphia, Jonathan Nadler represents employers in labor and employment law matters. Outside of the office, Jonathan Nadler enjoys leading a physically active lifestyle and is particularly fond of tennis and golf.

In tennis, there are a multitude of racket grips and kinds of strokes for hitting the ball and producing spin. These can be categorized as three basic types of shots: the top-spin shot, the slice, and the flat shot. Top spin is one of the more common shots a player will employ during the course of a match. By slightly closing the racket face and swinging in an exaggerated, low-to-high arc coming up the back side of the ball, the hitter causes the ball to rotate forward at rapid speeds. This rotation causes the ball to dramatically dip down after travelling deep into the opponent’s court. Top spin is effective for an aggressive yet measured style of play.

Slice, in many ways, is the antithesis of top spin. Slice, or back spin, is achieved by opening the racket face and swinging from high to low down the back side of the ball. Slice is generally used as a defensive shot, as it is slower and can be easily attacked by opponents, although it provides the player hitting the shot with time to recover if hitting out of position or from an awkward defensive stance.

Finally, a flat shot is the ideal weapon in an offensive player’s arsenal. When a player is in a comfortable, balanced position, he or she can contact the ball with a perfectly squared racket face. Without spin, there is little margin for error in terms of clearing the net and landing the ball inside the court. However, when struck above the net and with pace, a flat ball can be placed with precision and is hard for an opponent to attack.

About the 12-Bar Blues Progression

A Philadelphia-based labor and employment attorney by profession, Jonathan Nadler enjoys playing the guitar in his free time. Jon Nadler plays music from a variety of genres, including jazz and blues.

When playing the blues, a guitarist will often utilize the 12-bar progression. This format is the most common in blues music and involves repetitions of the I, IV, and V chords. The I chord is built on the tonic note of the song; a piece in C, for example, will have a C major chord as its I chord. The IV chord is built on the fourth tone of the scale, while the V is built on the fifth tone.

Therefore, in a blues piece in the key of C, the musician will play repetitions of the C, F, and G chords. Each bar features a different chord in the accompaniment. Traditionally, a musician will play the I chord with the first measure and a IV, I, and I chord with each of the next three. The fourth through eighth bars feature IV, IV, I and I chords, in sequence, and the last four bars of the sequence play through the V, IV, I, and V chords. A 12-bar blues song will also often feature an AAB structure, wherein the second four bars are a repetition of the first four and the ninth through 12th bars introduce new lyrics and melody.

Publications of the Labor and Employment Relations Association

As a partner in the firm of Eckert Seamans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jonathan Nadler has represented numerous organizations in labor and employment relations matters. Experienced as a litigator at the federal and state levels, Jon Nadler remains apprised of the latest labor law developments as a member of the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

Dedicated to promoting discussion and advancement among professionals, the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) offers a number of quarterly, annual, and one-time publications to its members. This includes the organization’s regular e-newsletter, which describes organizational events as well as programs and opportunities. For legal professionals and other interested parties, the organization also offers a labor and employment relations law newsletter, which comments on developing trends in the field.

Members also receive LERA’s annual research volume, which features professional articles on the year’s chosen topics. Members may purchase any year’s volume, going back to the early 1990s, for approximately $40. The organization’s Perspectives on Work, also presented annually, offers a variety of perspectives on developing and current workplace issues. Available volumes include the 2013 edition, which presents views on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on employers.

Final Rule Amendments to FMLA Benefits for Military

A partner in the law firm of Eckert Seamans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jonathan Nadler focuses his attention on labor and employment matters. Jon Nadler has represented a number of clients in matters related to the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees may take unpaid leave to care for their own or a family member’s serious illness or injury. In 2008, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) broadened the coverage of the FMLA to provide for military leave for FMLA-eligible employees. This amendment allows an eligible employee to take as many as 26 weeks in 12 months to care for an immediate family member injured or taken ill in the line of duty. It also allows an immediate family member of a National Reserves or Guard member to take up to 12 weeks of leave to attend to family needs prompted by the member’s call to duty.

The NDAA again expanded military-related provisions in 2010. These amendments address the needs of those service personnel with pre-existing conditions aggravated by active duty. The 2010 provisions also allow qualifying exigency leave for family members on foreign deployment. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued regulations clarifying these provisions. These regulations provide an expansive interpretation of these provisions, including those regarding qualifying exigency leave eligibility, pre-existing conditions, and health care providers qualified to certify illness or injury.