The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

Few HR dilemmas are as sticky as dealing with an employee accused of stealing from the company. Here’s how to handle the situation with care, making sure your organization doesn’t overstep its bounds and expose itself to liability.

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When it comes to promotions, be sure that management team members in charge of interviews are all on the same page. That means ensuring they ask all candidates exactly the same questions and make thorough notes about each applicant …

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Employers are entitled to information about the FMLA intermittent leave employees take and can request certification from the employee’s health care providers. Employers then have to abide by the certification—unless the employer receives information that casts doubt on the certification …

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Opening arguments began in December in the federal civil trial of two U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents based in Philadelphia who are suing the U.S. Justice Department for reverse discrimination. George Marthers III and Jude McKenna, who are white, allege black former supervisors harassed them so severely that both men had to take medical leave …

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Jane Roberti worked as a loan officer for Allentown’s Becker Subaru. Her live-in boyfriend, Mark Wynne, also worked there as a salesman. Roberti’s responsibilities included funneling Internet sales leads to the salespeople. When employees began to complain that Roberti routed the best leads to Wynne, management counseled both to keep their personal and professional lives separate …

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Paul Solomon says he’s been blackballed as a troublemaker since he complained that a white co-worker taunted him with a noose in October at the Comcast Center construction site in Philadelphia …

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The ADA protects job applicants from discrimination based on disability, and one of these protections is the right to be free from medical tests or examinations as part of the initial selection process. An employer can ask an applicant to undergo a job-related medical examination only after it has made a job offer …

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Over the past two years, the U.S. Labor Department has been issuing “opinion letters” fairly frequently, interpreting its own new overtime regulations and addressing specific questions posed by employers. But not every court will agree with the Labor Department’s opinion …

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Nearly one in four Philadelphia-area workers who died on the job in 2006 was a homicide victim, the highest proportion in the nation. The U.S. Labor Department reported in December that 89 workers in the area died on the job in 2006, 22 of them by homicide …

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