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Pennsylvania Labor and Employment Law

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Pennsylvania labor law lawsuits allege violations of Pennsylvania state labor laws including overtime pay and minimum wage violations. The rights of employees in Pennsylvania are protected by a number of laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA). Possible violations of Pennsylvania employment labor law include wrongful termination, retaliation and discrimination.


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Pennsylvania Employment Law

Pennsylvania Mini-COBRA

As of July, 2009, Pennsylvania enacted a Mini-COBRA, designed to supplement the federal COBRA. Mini-COBRA is modeled after federal COBRA law, but allows employees of small businesses (two to 19 employees) who receive health insurance from their employer the right to purchase continuation health insurance after their employment ends. Eligible employees and dependents can purchase health insurance for nine months after the end of their employment.

Pennsylvania labor lawPrior to the Mini-COBRA, only employees working for companies that employed more than 20 people were eligible for COBRA benefits.

At Will Employment

Pennsylvania is an "at will" employment state. As such, at-will employees can be terminated for any reason. The only exception is for employees who are covered by a contract or union agreement governing the terms of employment. Employees who are covered by an employment contract can usually only be terminated for the reasons set out in the contract. At-will employment also protects the employee's right to resign.

Unlawful terminations violate legal protections, including discrimination or harassment, whistleblower protections, absence to serve on a jury, retaliation for asserting legal rights or violations of employment or union contracts. In such cases a fired employee could potentially file a wrongful termination claim.

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

The Fair Labor Standards Act is a federal law regarding employee wages and hours worked, including overtime hours and wages. Under the FLSA, some workers can be exempted from overtime pay. However, those workers must fit the criteria the FLSA sets out for exemption. Pennsylvania's laws also apply to employment subject to the FLSA. In cases where both the FLSA and state law apply, the law setting the higher standards must be observed.

More information on how the Fair Labor Standards Act applies to overtime can be found here.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal act requiring that covered employers provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees. FMLA applies only in the following instances: for the birth and care of the employee's newborn child; to care for a child after adoption or foster care placement; to care for the employee's spouse, child or parent who is suffering from a serious health condition; or for a serious health condition that affects the employee's own ability to work.

Pennsylvania employees are eligible for FMLA coverage if they have worked for a covered employer for at least one year, for 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months (not necessarily consecutive months) and if a minimum of 50 employees are employed by the same employer within 75 miles.

Covered employers are those who employ more than 50 employees within 75 miles of the worksite and have at least 50 employees who work 20 or more work-weeks in the current calendar year or the previous calendar year. Public agencies are covered by the FMLA regardless of the number of employees.

Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA)

The Occupational Safety and Health Act is a federal law enacted to ensure that employees work in an environment that is free from recognized hazards. It is part of the United States Code, Title 29, Chapter 15.

Federal laws also protect employees from sexual harassment and discrimination, including race, age, disability and pregnancy discrimination.

Employees who feel their rights have been violated may have the opportunity to bring their complaint before the courts.

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Workers Allege Overtime Pay Violations in Pennsylvania Employment Lawsuit
Workers Allege Overtime Pay Violations in Pennsylvania Employment Lawsuit
October 10, 2015
It may be based in Texas, but Express Energy Services LLC (Express Energy) is nonetheless facing a Pennsylvania employment class-action lawsuit after a wireline operator and a wireline hand claim they routinely work 84-hour weeks without receiving overtime pay. The plaintiffs allege the violations run afoul of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and various other statutes observed by the state of Pennsylvania, and one other state. READ MORE

Teachers Union Claims That District Violated Pennsylvania Labor Law
Teachers Union Claims That District Violated Pennsylvania Labor Law
November 1, 2010
A teachers union in the Keystone State is claiming that a school board violated Pennsylvania labor law by refusing to negotiate with its representatives. READ MORE

Reality Show Spurs Proposed Change to Pennsylvania Labor Law
Reality Show Spurs Proposed Change to Pennsylvania Labor Law
August 13, 2010
A state representative has drafted legislation that would change how Pennsylvania labor law affects child actors working on reality television shows. READ MORE


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Labor Law signs not posted other than the pa one that I bought... employer is paying all his employees under the table at $7.00 and hour for a certain amount of hours and not paying them for hours worked over.

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I work for a small business with less then 50 employees. I am being told that since we are under 50 employees I can not receive health insurance through the company. Employees at the company however do have health insurance because they were there before the new laws were in place. I would like to know if I'm due health coverage because others have it or am I not and the others were grandfathered in. Any help would be appreciated.

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I dont quite understand what is going on with this situation me and many other workers are facing can someone who knows more about this question help me? This is the situation we are working for a company who has a union the L19 i believe they are taking 4% of my paycheck everyweek for union dues and im not in a union i talked to a company worker ( im a contractor btw) and they dont pay 4% a month i ask around about who is our representative then the response i got was u aint got one so i say why am i paying union fees then the response i got again is cause they can really where is my 4% going then aint this EXTORTION HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ARE PAYING THIS so where is all this money going we are getting nothing no answers no nothing is this legal so we paying 4% everyweek to work there im in Pennsylvania can someone please explain this to me and now they want to drop our pay because of the union complaining we make more money we are CONTRACTORS we travel we leave our homes and families to go work out of town to provide for them and if the company would have better workers they wouldn't need us im a welder from Louisiana been welding 22 years we dont have unions because u get what u pay for we are the best at this trade we pull companys out the hole all the time cause they dont have qualified skilled workers and from what i been seeing the workers where im at are lazy can anybody tell me what is wrong with this picture


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