Philadelphia Employment Law News

October 2012 Archives

Philadelphia's New Wage Law Requires Paid Sick Leave for Workers

This summer, the 21st Century Minimum Wage Standard took effect in Philadelphia.

Under this ordinance, employers doing business with the city must give paid sick leave to their employees, as reported in Business Management Daily. This ordinance went into effect July 1.

The ordinance breaks down employers into groups, depending on their size. Larger employers must give more hours of paid leave than smaller ones.

Employees at companies employing five to 11 employees are entitled to 32 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year. Those at companies employing 12 or more are entitled to 56 hours of leave.

Background Checks Can Help Prevent Negligent Hiring Lawsuits

What happens when an employee commits a crime on the job?

Is the employee liable alone? Or can his employer be held liable as well?

That's the question a court will soon be asking in a class action lawsuit against UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh and a Maryland-based medical staffing company.

David Kwiatkowski was caught stealing narcotics from UPMC, where he worked as a medical technician.

Kwiatkowski was fired, but the case was never reported to authorities. Several patients were allegedly infected with hepatitis C after Kwiatkowski left tainted needles behind.

Pa Fed Court to Hear First Transgender Discrimination Lawsuit

Let's talk LGBT discrimination for a minute here. We've discussed gender discrimination and race discrimination in the workplace. Now, Eastern Pennsylvania has its first federal transgender discrimination case, reports South Florida Gay News. It's the case of Bobbie E. Burnett

Bobbie E. Burnett sued her employer, the Free Library of Philadelphia. The lawsuit claimed that her employer violated her civil rights due to gender-identity issues.

Binders Full of Women: Did Romney Mean 'Affirmative Action'?

Binders full of women.

The latest political gaffe of the 2012 presidential campaign was made this week, in response to a question on gender disparity in the workforce.

And no, it's not as you might expect. It wasn't Scranton's own Joe Biden who said it.

In fact, it was Mitt Romney who made the statement. Romney was asked what he would do to remedy the fact that women still get paid less than men in the workforce. In response, he cited to the days when he served as Governor of Massachusetts. And...

Employment Discrimination and Problem Interview Questions

Ever wondered if the questions a potential employer was asking you were legal?

That's an important question if you're interviewing for a job. It's illegal for a potential employer to discriminate against you in the hiring process.

Employment discrimination can occur at any stage, including at the application stage. These days, it's become increasingly difficult to fend off early-stage employment discrimination, especially when it's so easy to look up job applicants online and get a better picture about them.

It's National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and there are a number of events going on in Pennsylvania to commemorate the month and to raise awareness for disabilities.

From October 4-6, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the Arc of Luzerne County held the PA Disability Employment Summit. This event was held in Hershey and focused on issues affecting employment for the disabled, featuring case studies and advancement in adaptive technologies.

Sheriff Lotwick Retaliation Lawsuit Thrown Out by Fed. Court

A former employee of the Dauphin County Sheriff’s department lost her wrongful dismissal lawsuit against her former employer, a federal court ruled this week.

Tina Francis, a former administrative assistant to Sheriff Jack Lotwick, brought the lawsuit after she claimed she was fired for seeking workers’ compensation. Francis underwent surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome.

Pretext Can Make or Break an Employment Discrimination Lawsuit

What is "pretext" in an employment discrimination case?

This is an important concept that comes up in any case. If you think you have an employment discrimination case, you need to think long and hard as to whether there was pretext.

Pretext could make or break your case.

But what is pretext?

Open Enrollment Coming Up: Have You Chosen Your Health Plan?

It's open enrollment season soon and health care insurance is a huge point of discussion at this time of year.

Philadelphia employees are lucky -- they benefit from some of the best employer sponsored plans in America.

Or so it would seem, after all, Philadelphia employers pay more per employee on health care than employers in any other state in the country.

Ex-Priest Accused of Molestation Now a Philly TSA Screener

Does a child molestation accusation suffice to remove a person from his current job?

The Transportation Security Administration says "no." This is in response to its hiring of a former priest who had been defrocked after allegedly molesting two girls, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer.

The TSA didn't complete a background check before hiring ex-priest Thomas Harkins and allowing him to conduct pat-downs as a security officer at Philadelphia International Airport, the Inquirer reports.

Should Millionaires Get Unemployment Handouts?

Is it fair that millionaires are getting unemployment benefits?

While unemployment benefits are supposed to help out those in need, more than 2,000 millionaires were receiving unemployment benefits in 2009, reports The Huffington Post.

Of course, millionaires only made up 0.02 percent of all unemployment recipients. But still, should millionaires even receive public assistance for unemployment?