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National Labor Relations Board Rules in Favor of Patterson Harkavy’s Client, Affirms Right of Elon Adjunct Faculty to Form a Union

On February 19, 2021, the National Labor Relations Board issued a unanimous decision affirming the right of Elon adjunct faculty to form a union and collectively bargain with the University. This win came nearly two years after Elon’s adjunct facul… Read More
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Judge Chris Brook joins Patterson Harkavy LLP

Patterson Harkavy is pleased to announce that Judge Christopher Brook has joined the firm as a partner. He will practice in the areas of appellate advocacy, civil rights, and employment law. Chris grew up in Raleigh and attended UNC for his undergrad… Read More
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Attorney Paul Smith appointed chairperson of the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul E. Smith as chairperson of the North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The Safety and Health Review Commission is an independent administrative adjudicatory bo… Read More
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NC Court of Appeals Rules in favor of Attorney Paul Smith’s client, finds officers violated Fourth Amendment during warrant execution

This morning, the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued a decision in favor of Patterson Harkavy attorney Paul Smith’s client. In State v. Tripp, the Court held that the trial court erred in denying a motion to suppress evidence uncovered while ex… Read More
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NC Supreme Court Restores $5.5 Million Dollar Jury Verdict, Agreeing with Amicus Brief Authored by Attorneys Burton Craige, Trisha Pande, and Narendra Ghosh

Last week, in Savino v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Hospital Authority, the North Carolina Supreme Court issued a 5-1 ruling in favor of the Plaintiff in a medical negligence lawsuit, reinstating a $5.5 million dollar jury verdict that had previously been… Read More
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Client Featured in The Nation’s Article on Rampant Sexual Harassment at McDonald’s

In its recent issue, The Nation Magazine highlights rampant sexual harassment at McDonald’s restaurants. The featured article, McDonald’s Has a Real Sexual Harassment Problem, recounts the stories of several McDonald’s employees who suffered eg… Read More
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Patterson Harkavy files suit challenging constitutionality of NC private school voucher scheme

Yesterday, Patterson Harkavy filed suit on behalf of seven North Carolina parents challenging the constitutionality of North Carolina’s private school voucher program. The suit is supported by the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and… Read More
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DES announces that it is ready to accept claims for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

The North Carolina Division of Employment Security (DES) announced that individuals can apply for federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance beginning on April 24, 2020. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is a federal unemployment insurance program… Read More
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Immigrant worker's rights during the COVID-19 pandemic

The National Employment Law Project recently published a document answering frequently asked questions (FAQ) from immigrant workers and their advocates regarding COVID-19-related issues. Among other things, the FAQ emphasizes that all workers, regard… Read More
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Governor Cooper issues Executive Order 134 providing furloughed employees increased access to unemployment benefits

On April 20, 2020, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 134 “Allowing Businesses Flexibility to Make Payments That Assist Their Employees During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” The Order allows employers to temporarily furlough employees and pr… Read More
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