Employment law in Pennsylvania encompasses a broad spectrum of legal issues, many of which do not necessarily prompt or require litigation, or even arbitration. While matters of employee law can lead to conflict which terminates in a lawsuit, much of the time, the arena of employment law is less dramatic. Most often, employment law pertains to issues such as:
- Providing employees with proper documentation when they begin working with a company.
- Complying with state, federal, and/or industry guidelines in the workplace in terms of safety, hours, wages, and other regulations.
- Drafting contracts and agreements which can be legally enforced.
At Berkowitz Klein, we are attorneys — but we know the business world as intimately as we know the legal world. For over 25 years, our Pennsylvania employment attorneys have been assisting commercial enterprises and the people they hire to foster positive professional relationships, while working diligently to ensure that both employer and employee act in compliance with the necessary guidelines for their industry or position.
Running a business takes a lot of time, energy, and effort. There are constantly meetings to attend, reports to prepare, emails to compose, phone calls to take, and interviews to conduct. In the perpetual storm of daily tasks, it can be surprisingly easy for employers to accidentally overlook important employment documents, or even to find themselves unwittingly violating Pennsylvania or federal employment laws. Don’t let your business be swept into costly, stressful, damaging litigation case because of forgotten or mishandled paperwork. Stop employment law problems before they start. Our employment attorneys can help to create or review documents, and ensure that individuals working at all levels of a company hierarchy are in compliance with the law.
Federal Employment Laws
There are a variety of federally enforced employment laws which are designed to protect employees from workplace discrimination, reduce safety risks, and provide decent wages. It is eminently important that employers be fully aware of the contents of these laws in order to avoid inviting litigation, or even public controversy — both of which can be devastating to any company’s bottom line.
FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act)
The FLSA is a federal law which mandates wage and hour requirements for employees in the United States. The FLSA handles minimum wage requirements, as well as age restrictions on workers in agricultural jobs, such as farming.
ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act)
ERISA sets minimum levels for employee pensions in positions where pension plans are offered. However, ERISA does not require that employers offer pensions. ERISA also handles other aspects of employee benefits, such as vacation and childcare benefits, and long- and short-term disability insurance.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is responsible for the employment anti-discrimination rules that most Americans know more or less by heart: employers are barred from discriminatory practices conducted on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religion, or national origin. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is only applicable to companies which employ a minimum of 15 employees.
Equal Pay Act
As the name suggests, the Equal Pay Act mandates equal pay for equal work, regardless of employee gender. Equal work is based on the content of the labor, rather than on job title. For example, while a male janitor and a female housekeeper have different job titles, because they perform the same work, they must be paid equally.
ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
The Americans with Disabilities Act prevents employers from discriminating against workers who have disability status, whether or not that disability was a result of military service. Under the ADA, it is illegal to discriminate against the disabled in matters of hiring, firing, pay, training, promotion, or lay-offs.
Employment Documents We Draft and Review
When a new employee joins a company, there is always a pile of contracts, agreements, and other documents which must be carefully drafted and reviewed in order to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. Just a few of the documents our employment attorneys handle include:
- Employment Contracts
- Confidentiality Agreements
- Non-Compete Agreements and Restrictive Covenants
- Code of Conduct
- Release of Claims
- Non-Disclosure Agreements
- Tax Forms
If your business is in need of an experienced Pennsylvania employment attorney, contact the law offices of Berkowitz Klein online, or call us today at (610) 889-3200 (ext. 1).