If you operate a business in Pennsylvania, there are some things that you should always remember when it comes to your employees because labor laws are constantly changing. We are going to see how employment regulations affect your compliance regulations of your company.
The employment law is broad, and they may be specific to the model of your industry or business model. An example is if you employ legal minors, you need to adhere to the Pennsylvania Child Labour Law.
For starters, we have the Minimum Wage and Labour Practices. This law gives out the guidelines on the amount of money that you need to pay your employees.
Another act is the Family and Medical Leave Act that ensures that employees are eligible to take leave that is related to their family or medical needs. Employees are allowed as many as 12 weeks of unpaid leave a year, and the reasons for taking the leave are described in the Act.
We also have the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. As employees get old, the employer should give elderly workers the same right as those who are young. Failure to do so, one could face discrimination lawsuits and fines.
Something else to take into consideration is the IRS worker classification. It is important to know whether you withhold income and Social Security taxes from your workers’ pay check.
We also have the Equal Employment Laws, and these laws deal with hiring, harassment, and discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunities Commission and the Pennsylvania Human Relation Commission have the power to handle discrimination claims on any basis.
In addition to all the above laws, we have situation specific laws. This means that other than state level laws and federal legislation, a person is subject to laws of their city, county or township.
The employment law is complex, and many businesses find it beneficial to get legal advice.
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Karl Heideck is an attorney who works with Hire Counsel. He has also worked with Pepper Hamilton LLP and worked together with Conrad O’Brien. Karl Heideck offers many services that include compliance consultation and risk management.
Karl Heideck has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College in 2003. He also attended Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 2009. Karl Heideck also has a blog where he explains legal developments and news.
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