The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

St. Vincent’s Health Center, owner of St. Vincent’s Hospital in Erie, Pa., faces an EEOC religious discrimination lawsuit after it fired six employees who refused on religious grounds to receive flu vaccinations.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Admini­stration has charged Keares Electrical Contracting in Exton, Pa., with failing to make required contributions to the company’s 401(k) retirement plan.

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As temperatures in the Northeast cool and mosquitos disappear until spring, the Zika virus may no longer be on people’s minds, but it should remain on your radar.

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When it comes to discipline, the key is equitable enforcement. Otherwise, someone might sue.

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Think twice before requiring workers to participate in religiously oriented training. It may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

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Some employees seem to think they are owed a workplace that is perfectly fair and equitable all the time. Sadly, perfection isn’t possible.

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When an employee is disciplined or otherwise punished for complaining that her employer is discriminating against certain customers, she can sue—and quite possibly win a large financial award.

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Often before an employer implements a reduction in force, it may try to encourage employees to resign or retire by offering early-out incentives.

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A judge has ordered the New Kensington-Arnold School District in Pa. to reinstate a fired music teacher even though he was convicted of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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If employees know the rules but are fired for breaking them anyway, they may not be eligible for unemployment compensation.

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