The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

Employees have to file EEOC complaints within 300 days of alleged discrimination or lose the right to sue. Similarly, they have to file state claims within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory act. If they miss those deadlines, they can’t sue. Repeatedly changing one’s mind about a situation involving an allegedly discriminatory act doesn’t extend or revive the deadline.

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Some workplace behavior is so outrageous that employers must take immediate action. While a complete and thorough investigation is ideal, don’t be afraid to act fast when necessary.

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A long-time security guard in the Philadelphia School District has filed a religious discrimination suit following the district’s decision to change its grooming policy. The new policy says male employees’ beards can be no longer than a quarter of an inch.

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A Pottstown, Pa. teacher who quit rather than accept a transfer won’t receive unemployment benefits following a Com­­mon­­wealth Court ruling.

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Good news for state agencies: If a terminated employee requests a hearing before the Civil Service Commission and later files an FMLA claim in Commonwealth Court, he can’t also file a federal FMLA claim.

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Many companies fail to align their handbooks with the realities of their business. As a result, they end up with a handbook that does more harm than good. Here’s what they should include.

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The Philadelphia-based Chickie’s and Pete’s sports bar and restaurant chain has agreed to settle charges it stole tips from employees and failed to pay the federal minimum wage.

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A federal judge has agreed to dismiss racial discrimination claims leveled against the Harrisburg Area Com­­mu­­nity College by a black woman who was twice turned down for a position as vice president.

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Disabled employees are entitled to individualized assessments of their limitations so em­­ployers can determine if a reasonable accommodation is possible. It’s crucial to be flexible.

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When bad romance spills over to the workplace, you don’t have to put up with the aftermath. Set strict rules about behavior and don’t tolerate loud arguments, threats or other disruptions.

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