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The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

Pennsylvania’s hospitality industry has earned the dubious distinction of violating the nation’s pay laws more often than those in any state outside the Sun Belt.

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Do you have supervisors who are constantly nagging subordinates about their health, weight, condition and inability to keep up with younger employees? That’s a huge age discrimination red flag that demands immediate action.

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Unfortunately, some applicants don’t take rejection well. That’s why you need to document what you did with each application. Something as simple as the fact the applicant didn’t fill out the form completely may help you if you’re sued.

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Here’s why HR professionals who handle complaints and those who screen job applications shouldn’t share information with one another: It prevents needless lawsuits over failure to hire past employees or those who complained about hiring practices in the past.

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An angry judge has ordered the EEOC to pay $4.7 million in legal fees incurred when the national trucking firm CRST had to defend itself against a flurry of sexual harassment suits, many of which eventually turned out to be baseless.

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You may think that an employee who admitted to bringing a racy photo to work and showed it around couldn’t later complain when she became the target of sexual harassment. You would be wrong.

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You don’t want to fire an employee without good grounds. Sudden deterioration in performance may be real—or a sign of age discrimination. Be especially cautious if the employee’s replacement is more than five years younger or the employee has complained about age-related comments.

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It’s impossible for everyone to remember exactly what happened during an interview held several years earlier. But that’s what an interview panel may be asked to do if a candidate sues. The best approach is to ask the panelists to take notes. Then you should collect all the panelists’ notes for potential future use.

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In July, the Obama administration gave employers with 50 or more employees until January 2015 to begin providing health insurance coverage for full-time employees. Some companies challenged parts of the law in court because of their owners’ religious beliefs. They lost in the 3rd Circuit.

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While family responsibility discrimination (FRD) is not a new protected category (and no federal law expressly prohibits employment discrimination against caregivers), a number of laws provide protection for employees with caregiving responsibilities.

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