Pennsylvania Labor & Employment Law

James A Matthews, III

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In an original work prepared exclusively for The Legal Intelligencer, Philadelphia Labor & Employment attorney James A. Matthews,III offers a comprehensive overview and analysis of federal, state and local law governing the aid in understanding and applying an often complex and counter-intuitive body of law.

Mr. Matthews discusses the background and modern application of the principle of employment-at-will and the contractual, statutory and policy exception; common law tort claims in the workplace; employee privacy, employee loyalty; wages & hours; benefits & leaves; health & safety; labor relations and collective bargaining; and other issues affecting the workplace.

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  • Brand: The Legal Intelligencer
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  • Edition: 1
  • ISBN: 978-1-57686-469-7
  • Pub#/SKU#: palab12
  • Pub Date: 04/30/2013

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  • James A Matthews, III
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James A. Matthews, III is a partner at Fox Rothschild LLP in Philadelphia. He is co-chair of the firm's Labor & Employment Department and an elected member of the firm's Executive Committee. Mr. Matthews has more than 25 years’ experience representing management in all aspects of the employment relationship. He has extensive trial and appellate litigation experience in the arbitral, administrative, and judicial systems.
His practice includes union organizing campaigns, collective bargaining, strikes, and labor arbitration employment discrimination and wrongful discharge issues, the employment implications of mergers, acquisitions, relocations, and other major transactions, employment, non-disclosure, and non-competition agreements, multi-employer benefit plan issues, including serving as management plan counsel and representing participating employers in withdrawal liability avoidance planning and withdrawal liability and contribution disputes labor-related antitrust issues Jim has particular experience in the transportation and logistics industry, including air, rail, trucking and shipping (both ocean and inland); public transit; stevedoring and marine terminal operations; and warehousing and distribution.
Before Fox Rothschild, Mr. Matthews was a partner at another national law firm. Before entering private practice, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Francis L. Van Dusen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In law school, Jim served as Editor-in-Chief of the Villanova Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and received the Hyman-Goodman Award for Outstanding Academic and Extracurricular Achievement.
Honors and Awards
• Martindale Hubbell
"AV" rated
• Included in a list of "Super Lawyers" by
Philadelphia Magazine and Law & Politics Magazine (2008 through 2012)
• Included in a list of "Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers" in the area of Labor & Employment (2009 and 2010)
• Included in a list of "The Best Lawyers in America" in the area of Labor and Employment Law (2007-2013)


Summary Chapter List


Chapter 1:  The Employment Relationship and Employment-at-Will

                        (PH1 3175548)(9,914 words)


Chapter 2:  Modification of Employment-at-Will by Contract

                        (PH1 3213126)(10,677 words)


Chapter 3:  Employment Discrimination

                        (PH1 3367690)(31,368 words)


Chapter 4:  Other Statutory Limitations on Employment-at-Will

                        (PH1 3205261)(8,112 words)


Chapter 5:  Non-Statutory Limitations on Employment-at-Will: “Public Policy”

                        (PH1 3175547)(8,511 words)


Chapter 6:  Workplace Torts

                        (PH1 3231049)(16,066 words)


Chapter 7:  Employee Privacy & Freedom of Action

                        (PH1 3330391)(48,306 words)


Chapter 8:  Employee Loyalty & Protection of Employer Interests

                        (PH1 3274083)(24,273 words)


Chapter 9:  Wages & Hours

                        (PH1 3297597)(50,159 words)


Chapter 10: Family, Medical, & Military Leave

                        (PH1 3287345)(28,026 words)

Chapter 11: Workplace Health and Safety

                        (PH1 3121613)(9,638 words)


Chapter 12:  Unemployment Compensation

                        (PH1 3312656)(32,282 words)


Chapter 13:  Workers Compensation 

                        (PH1 3298154)(28,218 words)


Chapter 14:   Plant Closings & Mass Layoffs

                         (PHI 3318513)(13,972 words)