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Today, especially under the Trump administration, there has been much focus on the legality of individuals residing in this country. As such, worksite audits and maintaining a legal work force are imperative. Each U.S. employer is subject to an audit of its workers’ employment eligibility. Due to this, it is important to ensure that each […]
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A common misconception regarding charter schools is that they are not public schools. Individuals who are unfamiliar with charter schools may believe that because they are not affiliated with the public-school district in their community that they are private institutions. Charter schools are public institutions that reflect similar goals that public schools wish to achieve […]
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Eighteen prison workers from three different correctional facilities in Pennsylvania were recently taken to the hospital for falling ill after contact with an unidentified toxic substance. Five incidents occurred over a two-week period earlier this month when workers came into close contact with prisoners’ belongings and through physical contact with inmates. The state is calling […]
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Employers often struggle with the decision of whether to offer their employees benefits, such as health insurance, pensions, and paid time off. Providing these types of benefits is not required by law and many small businesses simply cannot afford to do so. However, employers who can offer benefits beyond those that are legally required stand […]
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Under Pennsylvania law, employers must follow the mandates of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by granting unpaid leave to employees for certain personal or family related reasons. The laws can become very complicated when FMLA requests are combined with laws governing the Americans With Disabilities Act and Workers’ Compensation laws. A qualified […]
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Having a strong culture of safety is important for all workplaces, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). A shared vision that is implemented through behavior, policy and enforcement can reduce workplace accidents and promote a safer work environment for everyone. A successful safety culture consists of many components, including leader and employee […]
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Given the recent surge of violence in schools, parents are looking to know more about the safety measures and precautions being taken within the schools their children are attending. However, schools are more hesitant to release information regarding security measures and plans due to the potential for misuse of that information. A new Pennsylvania law […]
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Gone are the days of “sacred immunity,” where churches and similar religious institutions were immune from legal liability. Over the last twenty years, the cultural and legal climate has changed, and churches are now a frequent target of litigation. Failure to conduct background checks is one of the top ten legal risks that churches face. Sadly, many […]
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Although workers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and other states throughout the country may be fired for legitimate, non-discriminatory reasons, they may not be terminated for collecting or attempting to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits. Employers should be aware of the potential legal consequences of firing an employee who is on Workers’ Compensation. At-Will vs. Contract Employees […]
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The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) recently completed a two-year study on sexual harassment. Although its focus was primarily on the influence of sexual harassment in academia, and its impact on the advancement of women’s careers in the scientific, technical and medical workforces, NASEM’s findings are relevant to many other types of […]
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