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The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

An employee who was injured by a blood pressure cuff during a pre-employment physical will receive total disability benefits from Virginia-based General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has ruled

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A former executive vice president of Roscom Inc., a Croydon-based manufacturer and distributor of polyvinyl chloride products, alleges he was fired for refusing to smoke marijuana with CEO Nick Lynch …

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A woman who worked for the Philadelphia Water Department lost her FMLA claim because she did not meet the basic employment qualifications …

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A lost laptop containing the Social Security numbers of more than 50,000 people … A misplaced disk that contains account information for an entire state … Your company’s greatest security threat probably comes not from outside sources but from your own employees. To protect against such internal threats and loss of information, you need to take specific measures to reduce potential risks …

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Good news for employers: If an employee files an overtime claim with the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry and the department settles the case and collects wages for the employee, the employee can’t turn around and also sue under the FLSA …

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A federal jury awarded $250,000 to an orthopedic surgeon who claimed Wyoming Valley Health Care System in Wilkes-Barre discriminated against him because he suffered a psychiatric episode while performing a total knee replacement …

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Thanks to a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling, employers may now attend unemployment compensation appeals hearings without an attorney. The court overturned a 2005 Commonwealth Court ruling …

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Women in Pennsylvania earn 73 cents for every dollar earned by men in similar positions, compared to the national average of 77 cents on the dollar …

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Gov. Ed Rendell has been traveling the state selling his plan to make health care available and affordable for all Pennsylvanians. The plan—introduced in the House of Representatives as House Bill 700—proposes a program called Cover All Pennsylvanians (CAP)

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It seems counterintuitive: Managers and supervisors must be colorblind when selecting employees, yet HR absolutely should track the racial and other characteristics of those who are promoted …

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