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The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

Not everyone has an easy pregnancy, birth and recovery. Em­­ployers that refuse to recognize this reality and don’t offer accommodations for unusual circumstances face potential liability under both the FMLA and the ADA. What’s more, HR professionals and supervisors may find themselves personally liable for mistakes they make along the way.

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Employees are protected from retaliation for complaining about alleged discrimination. The complaint is considered protected activity. Something as simple as calling a supervisor to complain about a co-worker’s racial slur is protected.

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A former McDonald’s employee is suing a franchise owner, arguing that paying her via a payroll card—with all its attendant fees—meant she earned less than the minimum wage.

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A car salesman fired after he cursed and threatened a customer has been denied unemployment benefits.

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With Veterans Day observations on Nov. 11, it’s a good time to review employer obligations under the Uni­­formed Services Employment and Re­­employ­­ment Rights Act (USERRA).

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Employers face several common struggles when employees take FMLA leave, but there are ways to combat FMLA abuse in the workplace.

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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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