The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

Retaliation claims have risen dramatically in recent years, becoming the most frequently reported basis for discrimination claims.

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Here’s a reminder that it’s not just women who can allege sex discrimination and a hostile work environment. Men can, too, under the right circumstances.

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Employers that discipline workers consistently and fairly hardly ever get sued. On the rare occasions they do face a lawsuit, they don’t often lose.

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Are you hearing complaints that a particular manager is insulting subordinates to the point where it might be considered harassment? Don’t ignore the situation.

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Here’s a reminder that it’s not always foolproof to base a reduction-in-force on rankings of employee performance.

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The former president of a Pennsyl­vania state employees union has been sentenced to house arrest and probation after pleading guilty to federal fraud charges.

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Two GlaxoSmithKline scientists, one from Pennsylvania, are among five people charged with stealing trade secrets related to an anti-cancer drug the pharmaceutical giant is developing.

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Refusing to consider an ADA accommodation can spell big legal trouble. Give disabled workers a chance to prove they can do the job.

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Some federal courts may be perceived as more favorable to employees because of the demographic pool from which they draw jurors.

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Q . An employee who’s been employed since October is out on workers’ comp and will be for a while. Do I send her FMLA paperwork even though she hasn’t met the criteria of being employed for at least a year? It’s my understanding that I should send it to everyone that requests leave, and only after they return the paperwork should I determine if the person is, in fact, eligible.

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