Pond Lehocky’s Jason Kaner discusses injured NFL player’s case

Pond Lehocky Associate Jason Kaner has authored an article published in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly discussing a recent Commonwealth Court decision finding that an injured NFL player was not a “seasonal worker” for the purpose of calculating his average weekly wage.

The case involved former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Trucks who signed a two-year contract but was injured in a preseason game and never played another snap for the team.

“Unlike previous decisions involving professional football players, the court decided they must now look at the facts and individual contract obligations of each player to determine if a seasonal employee relationship exists,” Kaner wrote.

“By determining Trucks was not a seasonal employee, the court has redefined the employer-employee relationship for NFL players in Pennsylvania,” he added.

The article will be featured in the January 21 issue of Pennsylvania Law Weekly. It can be read online here.

Kaner joined Pond Lehocky last year as an associate, concentrating his practice on employment law and workers’ compensation matters. He graduated from the joint J.D./M.B.A. program at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and Villanova University School of Business.

Before joining Pond Lehocky, Mr. Kaner worked for the National Football League, assisting in the representation of teams in arbitration proceedings regarding player injuries. He also supported the NFL Management Council on behalf of NFL clubs in matters involving labor & employment litigation, contract disputes and the league’s collective bargaining agreement.

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