The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

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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Unlimited vacation has become a popular benefits trend. The idea is simple: Employees take as much vacation as they want so long as they get their work done.

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Some employees who need to take FMLA leave may be newly disabled or suffer from serious health conditions that develop into disabilities. If they are not fully healed, they may not be able to obtain a doctor’s clearance to return to work.

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Do you have more applicants who are at least minimally qualified than you can reasonably interview? Then split up the applicant pool before you begin those interviews.

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Yes, employers need to take solid steps to prevent sexual harassment. But that doesn’t mean HR should panic every time an employee reports offensive or crude comments.

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