Tag: Pennsylvania

Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance On December 20, 2018, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed the Fair Workweek Employment Standards Ordinance (Ord. No. 180649-A) requiring Philadelphia employers with at least 250 employees and 30 locations worldwide in the retail, food services, and hospitality industries to provide fair workweek employment standards for their employees. This includes reasonable…

Workers’ Compensation On October 24, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation (H.B. 1840) amending the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act by defining an employer’s liability to pay damages for employee injuries occurring during the course of employment. The law establishes an elective schedule of compensation and provides a procedure for the determination of liability and…

PHRC Releases Guidance Extending PHRA Protections to LGBTQ Community On August 2, 2018, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) released its Guidance on Discrimination on the Basis of Sex Under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) clarifying, among other issues, that prohibitions contained in the PHRA and related case law against discrimination on the basis…

Criminal History Records and Employer Immunity On June 28, 2018, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed legislation (H.B. 1419) granting an employer immunity from liability if it employs or otherwise engages an individual whose criminal history record has been expunged or where access to it is limited (via petition or per clean slate limited access). The…

Judge Rules Philadelphia Salary History Ban Violates Free Speech On April 30, 2018, federal judge Mitchell Goldberg of the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia ruled that the Inquiry Provision of the City of Philadelphia’s salary history ban violates the First Amendment, and thus was enjoined, but the Reliance Provision is legal and remains intact. According…