Jay is the managing partner of the firm's Erie office. He practices in the Professional Liability Department, where he represents employers and insurers in employment and workers' compensation matters. Jay's experience in handling these types of cases, in addition to litigating in state and federal courts, provides him with a broad perspective and the ability to address a variety of employment-related matters for his clients.
Jay defends and counsels clients on employment disputes involving hiring, termination, discipline, discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, premises liability, workplace violence, disability, OHSA, and wage and hour investigations throughout western Pennsylvania. He has also represented large manufacturers, retail establishments, family-owned businesses, health care organizations, construction companies, school districts, municipalities and non-profit agencies in all types of workplace injury cases including toxic exposure, traumatic injury and repetitive motion.
Jay is a frequent speaker on workers' compensation and employment-related topics for employers and insurance professionals throughout Pennsylvania. He previously served as co-author of the firm's monthly publication, What's Hot in Workers' Compensation, and is a contributer to the year-end summary of the Top 10 Cases in Workers' Compensation. Jay is actively involved in a number of professional organizations and serves as the vice chair of the Erie County Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section.
An Erie native and graduate of Gannon University (where he was the recipient of the Medal of Honor), Jay received his law degree from the University of Notre Dame Law School. He began his career in Chicago with a major Midwestern defense litigation firm and then worked for a defense firm in Pittsburgh before relocating home to Erie with Marshall Dennehey in 1997.
•Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, AIG, November 6, 2014
•Data Breach -- Fighting the Cyber War and Social Media -- Landmine or Goldmine?, Assurex Global Loss Control and Claims Conference, October 23, 2014
•Hot Topics in Employment, Assurex Loss Control & Claims Conference, October 22, 2014
•Social Media & Cyber Breaches: the Internet's Impact on Your Business, The Graham Company, co-presenter, May 2014
•Errors and Omissions: Limiting Your Exposure, Insurance Club of Erie County, January 15, 2014
•Hot Topics in Employment, Marshall Dennehey Employment Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, October 10, 2013
•Workplace Violence, Pennsylvania Association for Health Care Risk Management Fall Education Forum, September 13, 2013
•Best Practices in ADA, FMLA and Workers' Compensation, Lorman Education Services, Erie, PA, August 27, 2013
•Workplace Violence: Liability Issues, Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference, Bedford Springs, PA, July 18, 2013
•Cyber Data Breach: The Latest Threat to Workplace Security, Human Resource Management Association of Northwest Pennsylvania Annual Conference, Erie, PA, May 30, 2013
•Employment Liability in the Cyber Age, Marshall Dennehey Employment Seminar, Pittsburgh, PA, May 2, 2013
•Workplace Violence - Concerns in the Insurance Industry, Insurance Club of Erie, January 16, 2013
•Afforadable Care Act, American Inn of Court - Erie, PA, February 19, 2013
•Municipal Liability, Pennsylvania County Commissioners Association, March 4, 2013
•Labor and Employment, Adjunct Faculty, Gannon University
•Act 57 Amendments to the Workers' Compensation Act
•Impairment Rating Evaluations to Reduce Exposure to Total Disability Benefits
•Maximizing an Insurance Carrier's Right to Subrogation
•Employer Liability for Workplace Violence
•Americans With Disabilities Act and its Interplay with Workers' Compensation
•Family and Medical Leave Act
•Employment, Workers' Compensation, Medical Malpractice, Insurance Agent E&O
•Workers' Compensation Affecting School Districts
•Pennsylvania and New Jersey Workers' Compensation
•What's Hot in Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation, Marshall Dennehey newsletter, 2002-2013
•Natural Gas 'Gold Rush:' Injury and Occupational Exposure in Pennsylvania From the Marcellus Shale Gas Explosion, Energy Law Supplement, The Legal Intelligencer, July 2011
•Job Availability in Current Economic Crisis: Is It Time to Reconsider Funded Employment?, Workers' Compensation (PSIA Newsletter), March 2009
•Using Causation As A Defense To Negligence, Defense Digest, 2003
•Calculation of Average Weekly Wage for Employees on Leave of Absence or Unpaid Illness, Pennsylvania Self-Insurers' Association Newsletter, May 1998
Year Joined Organization
Whats Hot in Workers Comp, Vol. 18, No. 11, November 2014
Whats Hot in Workers Comp • November 24, 2014
On The Pulse...Profile of Our Erie, Pennsylvania Office
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2014
By G. Jay Habas, Esq.*Pennsylvania’s only port city on the Great Lakes, Erie is located in the northwest corner of the state and sits conveniently between Cleveland to the west, Buffalo to the east and Pittsburgh to the south. Once part of..., Defense Digest, Vol. 20, No. 3, September 2014 Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Employers suspension of benefits upheld because claimant voluntarily accepted retirement package in which he agreed he was not under duress, was able to work and was not disabled.
Law Alerts • January 11, 2013
The claimant sustained an acknowledged work injury on September 7, 2005. In May 2006, as a member of the union, the claimant attended a meeting addressing the employers' plan for attrition of the workforce. After the meeting, he accepted a..., Case Law Alert - 1st Quarter 2013
When a claimants own physician is the source of medical evidence that the claimant can return to work, an additional Notice of Ability to Return to Work form from the employer is not necessary.
Law Alerts • January 11, 2013
The claimant was employed as a home health aide when she suffered work-related injuries in October of 2008. Two months later, the claimant filed a Claim Petition against the employer and a Claim Petition seeking benefits from the Uninsured Employers..., Case Law Alert - 1st Quarter 2013
Supreme Court decides that the right of subrogation and reimbursement under Section 319 of the Act is precluded by the Section 213 provision of absolute governmental immunity such that a governmental entity is not subject to subrogation claims.
Law Alerts • January 11, 2013
The claimant fractured her right ankle when a public transit bus on which she was a passenger was involved in a motor vehicle accident. The injury occurred in the course and scope of her employment with the employer. She filed a workers’..., Case Law Alert - 1st Quarter 2013
Commonwealth Court rejects the claimants argument that a C&R agreement should be rescinded due to a mutual or unilateral mistake on behalf of the employer.
Law Alerts • October 1, 2012
The claimant sustained a work-related injury in October of 2007 that was acknowledged by a Notice of Compensation Payable (NCP). In 2009, the parties entered into a Compromise and Release Agreement (C&R) and sought approval of the C&R at a..., Case Law Alert - 4th Qtr 2012
Vol. 16, No. 10, October 2012
Whats Hot in Workers Comp • October 1, 2012
The decedent died in the course of his employment where his injury occurred in the furtherance of his business as a college professor even though precipitating events occurred at lunch off campus.
Law Alerts • October 1, 2012
The decedent, who worked as a professor at Penn State, suffered from significant pre-existing medical conditions including lymphedema, uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, difficulty breathing, cardiac problems and cellulitis of the legs. Under a..., Case Law Alert - 4th Qtr 2012
Special Pennsylvania Alert - Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers Compensation Prepares for Launch of New Website
Whats Hot in Workers Comp • September 21, 2012
Special Pennsylvania Alert - Bedford Somerset MHMR v. WCAB (Turner)
Whats Hot in Workers Comp • September 20, 2012
Employment in Crisis: Workplace Security & Lessons from the Sandusky Case
Seminar • Oct 11, 2012
Join our distinguished panel for lunch and a discussion on issues relating to employment practices.
Employment Liability in the Cyber Age
Seminar • May 2, 2013
Join us for this unique presentation on cutting edge employment issues. The seminar will feature a mock trial Social Media on Trial - How Social Media Affects Employers and a panel discussion Cyber Data Breach - The Latest...
HRMA Annual Conference
Conference • May 30, 2013
This year's conference features three outstanding and highly respected speakers sharing topics from their respected areas of expertise. Jay Habas, Esq. (Marshall Dennehey): Cyber Data Breach, The Latest Threat to Workplace Security...
Pennsylvania Defense Institute Annual Conference
Conference • Jul 18, 2013
The Pennsylvania Defense Institute is hosting its 45th annual conference on July 17-19 at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort. The annual conference is an excellent opportunity to mix business with pleasure while obtaining continuing education credits....
Best Practices in ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation
Seminar • Aug 27, 2013
Employers in Pennsylvania are faced with an ever-changing maze of laws increasing their obligations to employees who cannot, will not or should not work. This seminar will tell you what you need to know about recent ADA and FMLA...
Risk Management Fall Education Forum
Seminar • Sep 13, 2013
The Risk Management Fall Education Forum is designed to provide participants with a review of current issues in claims management, risk financing, patient safety and loss prevention across the health care enterprise. The Pennsylvania Association for...