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Today’s top story is Pepper Hamilton hiring a nonlawyer CEO to run the firm. As reporter Gina Passarella writes, the firm made the rare move by hiring Scott Green, who has served as executive director of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr since 2007. “We concluded that a management model that more closely resembles those of our clients would enable the lawyers at Pepper Hamilton to focus on providing legal services in the most effective way for our clients,” said Nina M. Gussack, chairwoman of Pepper Hamilton’s executive committee.
On the bottom of Page 1, reporter Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed a budget that would keep general-fund money allotted to the judiciary the same as last year, but cut funding for civil legal services by $274,000.
In more Regional News on Page 3, Amaris Elliott-Engel writes that the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that a court system supervisor may face individual liability under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which allows employees to take 12 weeks of job-protected leave for medical reasons. The issue has split the circuit courts in previous decisions.
In today’s Employment Law column on Page 5, Sid Steinberg writes that a refusal to rescind a proposed resignation is not an adverse employment action.
As it is Wednesday, the weekly GC Mid-Atlantic column is in today’s paper on Page7, as Todd Alan Ewan writes about what employers need to know about medical marijuana in the case that it is allowed in Pennsylvania.
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