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The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

Twenty years ago, an employee might have expected his employer to reward long years of service with a secure retirement. That’s no longer the case …

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Today, companies commonly emerge stronger and more competitive after filing for bankruptcy. An additional, unintended benefit may have a substantial impact on the HR office …

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If you can justify a decision to terminate an employee — even one with a disability or who is on FMLA leave — don’t wait. Just do it …

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HR professionals: Get ready for an onslaught of litigation …

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One person’s good-natured pet name may be another’s racist comment. You can — and should — create an anti-harassment policy …

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Five former employees who say they were fired for being too old and costly have hit PPG Industries, Inc., the Pittsburgh-based paint, glass and chemical giant, with a class-action lawsuit …

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When Harcum College in Bryn Mawr had an opening for a facilities supervisor, the department’s manager considered hiring an outside firm to run the unit …

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Few issues are as personal and potentially divisive as religion. Controversies generated by the “war on terror,” the abortion debate and other moral and ethical questions sometimes spill over into the workplace …

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Q. I want to know whether applicants have ever stolen from or been fired by a prior employer. Can I require them to take a lie-detector test?

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Q.  An employee recently complained that she had received pornographic e-mail messages and links to X-rated web sites from some of her co-workers. I want to review these messages — and other messages these guys have sent — to figure out exactly how large a problem I’m facing. Can I do this?

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