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Pennsylvania Hiring: What you need to know

The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits hiring practices that discriminate against an applicant, employee, or independent contractor on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, non-job-related handicap or disability, or the use of a guide or support animal because of the blindness, deafness, or physical disability of any individual or independent contractor (PA Stat. Tit. 43 Sec. 951 et seq.). The Act covers all public employers and private employers with four or more employees.
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Bankruptcy. The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not a violation of federal bankruptcy law for a private employer to refuse to hire an individual on the basis of a prior bankruptcy filing (Rea v. Federated Investors, 627 F.3d 937 (3d Cir. 2010)). The lawsuit was brought after a private employer refused to hire a prospective employee because he had filed for bankruptcy 7 years earlier. The court in this case examined the antidiscrimination provisions of the bankruptcy law and noted that the law prohibits public employers from denying employment on the basis of a bankruptcy filing, but only prohibits private employers from terminating employment or discriminating against employees. Thus, the court concluded that private employers are not precluded from refusing to hire an individual because he or she has claimed bankruptcy.
At the time of hiring, employers must notify new employees of the time and place of payment, the rate of pay, and the amount of any fringe benefits or wage supplements (PA Stat. Tit. 43 Sec. 260.4).
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We’ve compiled a list of the 100 most commonly asked questions we have received on the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) overtime regulations.
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This report, "Top 100 FLSA Q&As", is designed to provide you with an examination of the federal FLSA overtime regulations in Q&A format, including valuable tips for bringing your workplace into compliance in an affordable manner.

At the end of the report, you will find a list of state resources on wage and hour issues. This report includes practical advice on topics such as:
  • FLSA Coverage: How FLSA regulations apply to all employers and any specific exemptions from the overtime requirements
  • Salary Level: Qualifying for exemptions and nonexempt employees
  • Deductions from Pay: Deducting for violations, disciplinary reasons, sick leave, or personal leave


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