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Wages and Benefits in Philadelphia

You work hard in your job in exchange for compensation, and there are laws that protect your hard-earned wages and benefits. These include minimum wage, overtime pay, employee health insurance, and retirement laws. The federal Fair Labor Standards Act specifically provides guidelines regarding minimum wage, overtime pay, record-keeping and child labor standards affecting permanent and temporary workers.

If you have a question regarding your wages and benefits, a Philadelphia Employment attorney can provide more information about the laws regarding the issues above. You can find a listing of Philadelphia employment attorneys in FindLaw’s directory.

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Amazon Workers Want Pay for Time in Security Line

Amazon warehouse employees in multiple states, including Pennsylvania, have filed lawsuits against Amazon, claiming that they've been short-changed. The lawsuits collectively allege that Amazon has a policy of requiring workers to wait in line for security metal detectors without being paid, The Morning Call reports.

These suits also come on the heels of earlier complaints against Amazon for certain employee theft-prevention practices that allegedly violate state and federal labor laws.

What can employers legally do about employee theft, and is compensation required for the employees who have to wait to pass through anti-theft checkpoints?

What Payroll Records Do Employers Need to Keep?

Employers are required to maintain certain payroll records under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Failure to comply with these requirements can lead to fines and even jail time.

That may sound ominous, but keep in mind that most employers may be complying with these requirements even unintentionally. Generally, the Department of Labor only mandates that these records be accurate.

Top 10 Things to Know About Overtime Laws in Pennsylvania

Want to know about overtime laws in Pennsylvania?

Don't listen to your friends who work in New Jersey or your cousin in California.

Overtime laws differ from state to state, and what your cousin may get in California (which may be a lot more than you), unfortunately has no bearing on you. For information that actually matters to you, the Pennsylvania worker, pay attention to these general facts about Pennsylvania overtime law, as provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor:

NHL Player Lockout Goes to Federal Court

Sorry, Flyers fans. You won't be able to catch any hockey games in the near future. The National Hockey League is in the middle of a labor dispute in Manhattan federal court.

The NHL players' union is being sued by the League and all of its teams, possibly putting a damper on the whole season as the teams might not resume playing anytime soon.

The owners are locked out this time, and the players are voting on whether to give up their collective bargaining rights.

To break this down, the NHL and the owners of its teams are facing off against the players and their union.

Chickie's and Pete's Hit With Wage and Hour Lawsuit

Talk about wage and hour violations, Chickie's and Pete's is facing some real problems when it comes to employee tips. Looks like they've had their hands in the coffers a little too much.

Andrew Laplante, a former bartender the restaurant, claims that he and other employees at the airport franchise had to pay their employer 2 percent of their total credit card receipts at closing time. They had to pay up in cash. They called it the "Pete Tax."

Now, Laplante and others are suing in Federal court.

Lost Your Job? You May Still Have Health Coverage Under COBRA

For many, being unemployed means losing out on one's health insurance benefits. While that may be the case over the long term, there is something called COBRA, which extends your current health care coverage in the case of certain life events, including unemployment.

COBRA stands for the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act. It was passed as part of ERISA -- The Employment Retirement Income Security Act, which is part of the Tax Code.

The key thing to know about COBRA is that it applies to certain (not all) employers and extends health care coverage temporarily to certain former employees (again, not all).

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.

NHL Locked Players Out: No Flyers Without a Contract

Well, the Chicago teachers went back to work after a little more than a week of striking. However, it's not looking so good for the NHL Players Association as they enter the fourth day of a lockout. At least the two sides have begun negotiations, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman locked out players from practicing because the collective bargaining agreement expired over the weekend, according to the NHL's website. Without the ability to play in the United States, many hockey stars are taking out insurance policies and signing contracts with European teams to continue playing, according to the Inquirer. The insurance is to cover their team in the case the lockout ends and the player cannot start because of an injury.

What happens to those who signed with European teams when the lockout ends? Will they be breaching their NHL contracts?

Do Employers Have to Provide Health, Retirement Benefits?

So you have your job and the main benefit is that you are getting paid. But is that the only benefit that you are getting? Sure, you are improving your mind and sharpening your skills, but we're talking about the other benefits, ones that are covered by a federal law called ERISA.

Not all jobs come with added benefits, especially when you are working as an independent contractor. When you're contracting, you're on your own to get things like health insurance, retirement funds, and snacks. However, when you are an employee your company might offer you these great things.

But are employers required to offer you benefits?

Apria Healthcare Sued for Unpaid Wages; FLSA

It always seems like employers are trying to get a little more productivity out of employees. Sometimes this desire presses up against the boundaries of labor laws by asking employees to stay a little longer than their shift, but only paying for the 40 hours that they were scheduled to work.

Apria Healthcare was recently accused of doing this to its employees and violating the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA"). An employee, Connie Titchenell, claimed that Apria would require her to work past her 10-15 extra hours a week without pay in order to meet her supervisors' productivity demands, according to The Pennsylvania Record. Now, the court hearing the case has allowed the suit to become a class action based on other employees having the same claims as Titchenell.

Will this case be successful?