The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

If you want to avoid needless failure-to-promote claims, create an automatic application process, and make sure managers and all employees understand how the new system works. If everyone knows there is one specific way to apply—indeed, the only way to apply—employees can’t make discrimination claims …

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Part-time employees are often the first to get pink slips in an economic downturn. But watch out if your part-timers are disproportionately parents who have child care responsibilities. Don’t be surprised if those employees respond to a layoff by contacting an attorney …

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For the most part, you are free to set and enforce grooming and dress standards for your employees. But here’s an angle to consider when disciplining colorful employees: You must make sure you apply the rules evenhandedly. Don’t single out anyone who belongs to a protected class for special enforcement of the rules …

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The EEOC has filed a sexual harassment, race discrimination and retaliation lawsuit against Murphy Ford Lincoln-Mercury in Chester. The lawsuit alleges the dealership ignored complaints about a manager who sexually harassed three female employees …

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Malvern-based Vanguard Group has agreed to pay $500,000 to settle an EEOC race discrimination case with Raymond Ross, a former information systems manager. In 2003, Ross filed two EEOC complaints. Vanguard fired him one day after the company received news of his second complaint …

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Fernwood Hotel & Resort, located in the Pocono Mountains, tried to bar the details of a supervisor’s alleged assault on a saleswoman from her sexual harassment suit, but the courts ruled the allegations are key to the woman’s case and will remain in her complaint … 

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Stephen A. H. Keefer, former director of information technology for Pennsylvania’s House Democratic Caucus, has filed a wrongful termination suit, alleging he was canned to take the heat off House Majority Leader William DeWeese …

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The price of workers’ compensation in Pennsylvania is going down this year. Gov. Ed Rendell accepted the Pennsylvania Compensation Rating Bureau’s recommended rate schedules, which decreased workers’ comp premiums by an average of 10.22% …

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The FMLA is undergoing change. In early 2008, Congress made the first significant amendments to the law since it was enacted almost 15 years ago in 1993. Only a few weeks later, the U.S. Labor Department published proposed changes to its FMLA regulations …

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It can happen before anyone in HR even realizes it: Managers or supervisors begin hiring applicants with ethnic or national backgrounds similar to their own. If you notice an unusually high number of similar employees concentrated in a division or section, it’s time for real efforts to make sure your staff fairly reflects the makeup of the overall work force …

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