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The HR Specialist: Pennsylvania Employment Law

Pennsylvania workers can be denied unemployment benefits for willful misconduct. A court just decided cursing counts, even if there’s no specific rule against it.

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Can an employer be held liable for any damage that results from a data breach that leads to identity theft?

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Make sure all supervisors understand that they must never criticize employees for taking FMLA leave. For employees who need to care for their own serious health condition or that of a close relative, FMLA leave is a right, not a privilege.

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Here’s another good reason to consistently document all disciplinary actions: If an employee with a history of problems such as rules violations later engages in protected activity, it will be hard for him to show that the discipline was retaliation for engaging in that protected activity.

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Monsignor William A. Dombrow faces charges he embezzled more than a half million dollars from the Villa St. Joseph nursing home for retired priests in suburban Philadelphia.

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An American Airlines flight attendant based in Philadelphia and a colleague from North Carolina are suing, claiming the airline failed to police online forums and Facebook pages it controls, permitting other employees to harass the women for their union activities.

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The 2nd and 7th Circuits have recently issued conflicting rulings, with the 2nd Circuit holding that sexual orientation discrimination is not sex discrimination within the meaning of Title VII, and the 7th Circuit holding the opposite.

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Punishing an employee who requests a reasonable accommodation is retaliation even if it turns out that employee isn’t disabled and, therefore, wasn’t eligible for an accommodation at all.

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A worker who claimed her new employer reneged on promised benefits has won her bid to receive unemployment compensation.

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When an employee has won a lawsuit against her employer, managers naturally want to make sure they don’t do anything that might smack of possible retaliation. On the other hand, managers shouldn’t feel as if the employee is now “untouchable.”

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