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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and  resources about Employee Rights in Pennsylvania.

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How to Assert Your Rights in the Workplace

Information from Neighborhood Legal Services Association on how to assert your rights in the workplace.

Know Your Employment Rights!

Information from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia on employment rights including wages, unemployment compensation, family and medical leave, discrimination, workplace injuries, and unions. (January 2014)

Know Your Employment Rights

Fact sheet from MidPenn Legal Services outlining the basic rights all employees have at their workplace. [PDF] (February 2014)

Know Your Rights at Work

This booklet from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General outlines the rights a worker has in the workplace and how to get help if you are experiencing an unlawful work-related issue.

Pregnancy Discrimination - Understanding Your Workplace Rights Related to Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Pregnant people have rights in the workplace. Laws prohibit workplace discrimination on the basis of pregnancy and require employers to provide accommodations to allow workers to work while pregnant. Breastfeeding workers also have rights to express breastmilk in the workplace so that they can maintain their milk supply and continue to nurse their babies after returning to work. The Women's Law Project provides information their rights for pregnant workers and workers who have recently had a baby.

Downloadable Forms from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Links to downloadable forms from the PA Department of Labor and Industry.

Pennsylvania Commonwealth Workforce Development System

The Commonwealth Workforce Development System (CWDS) is an Internet-based system of services for use by customers and potential customers of the PA CareerLink® offices. CWDS provides online access to job openings; information about employers; services and training opportunities for job seekers; and labor market information. All of this is available by enrolling on-line with CWDS.

Firing

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on an employee's rights upon being fired from a job. (February 2019)

Harassment

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on the offense of Harassment.

Sexual Harassment

Information from the Erie County Bar Association on sexual harassment in the workplace.

Workers' Compensation

Information on Workers' Compensation benefits from the Erie County Bar Association. (February 2019)

Workers' Compensation

Consumer information pamphlet from the Pennsylvania Bar Association. [PDF] (November 2012)

Collaborative Law

Consumer legal information brochure from the Pennsylvania Bar Association on Collaborative Law, a dispute resolution process that is an alternative to litigation. Rev. 1/13 [PDF]

Know Your Rights at Work

This booklet from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General outlines the rights a worker has in the workplace and how to get help if you are experiencing an unlawful work-related issue.

Background Checks - Tips For Job Applicants and Employees

Some employers check into your background before deciding whether to hire you or keep you on the job. This booklet from the Federal Trade Commission explains your legal rights regarding a background check under federal law. [PDF] (November 2016)

Background Checks: What Job Applicants and Employees Should Know

Some employers look into your background before deciding whether to hire you, or before deciding whether you can keep your job. When they do, you have legal rights. This publication from the Federal Trade Commission explains the laws that protect you, and how to contact the FTC and EEOC if you think an employer has broken the law. [PDF]

EEOC Publications

Listing of publications from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on a variety of subjects relating to equal employment opportunity and employment discrimination.

Federal Laws Prohibiting Job Discrimination - Questions And Answers

Information from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on the federal laws covering job discrimination and what discriminatory practices are prohibited by these laws.

A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment

Find answers to questions about employment rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act in this A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment from the U.S. Department of Justice. Webpage and PDF Version. (October 2000)

Portability of Health Coverage (HIPAA)

Information from the United States Department of Labor on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This law provides rights and protections for participants and beneficiaries in group health plans. It includes protections for coverage under group health plans that limit exclusions for preexisting conditions; prohibit discrimination against employees and dependents based on their health status; and allow a special opportunity to enroll in a new plan to individuals in certain circumstances. HIPAA may also give you a right to purchase individual coverage if you have no group health plan coverage available, and have exhausted COBRA or other continuation coverage.

Continuation of Health Coverage - COBRA

Information from the United States Department of Labor about the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), a federal program that provides the right to continued health care coverage for people who lose their benefits under certain circumstances.

General Wage & Hour Questions

Frequently asked questions from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry on wage & hour requirements in Pennsylvania.

If You Are A Farm Worker

Booklet from Social Security which provides farm workers with information about how Social Security can help you and your family, the importance of your Social Security number, how your boss reports your earnings, and how to make sure your earnings are reported correctly. (June 2021)

Employee Retirement Income Security Act - ERISA

The United States Department of Labor provides this introduction to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), which is a federal law that sets minimum standards for most voluntarily established pension and health plans in private industry to provide protection for individuals in these plans.

Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act

Information on the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry including links to the full text of the law.

Employment Laws: Disability & Discrimination

Information from the U.S. Department of Labor about the five important federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination in employment and the job application process.

Child Labor Act Protections For Young Workers

Pennsylvania's Child Labor Act, enforced by L&I's Bureau of Labor Law Compliance, protects the health, safety, and welfare of minors employed in the commonwealth by limiting employment in certain establishments, restricting the hours of work, regulating work conditions, and requiring work permits for children hired to fill a position.

Downloadable Forms from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Links to downloadable forms from the PA Department of Labor and Industry.

Job Loss - Important Information Workers Need To Know To Protect Their Health Coverage and Retirement Benefits

This fact sheet focuses on job loss, its effect on workers’ health benefits and retirement benefits, and how these laws impact workers’ rights. When facing job loss or a reduction in hours, you need to know your options ahead of time to prevent loss of health coverage. There may be several options available to individuals who are losing their health coverage when they lose their jobs.

Know Your Rights: Child Labor (Video)

The U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (WHD) has developed the “Know Your Rights” video series in English and Spanish to provide workers with useful basic information in different scenarios that workers encounter in the workplace. This video explains how wage laws apply to young workers.

Retirement Plans-Benefits & Savings

Information from the United States Department of Labor regarding retirement plans offered by your employer.

Termination

If you've lost your job, you have certain rights, such as the right to continue your health care coverage and, in some cases, the right to unemployment compensation. Here is information from the U.S. Department of Labor about your rights when you are terminated from your employment.

Tools That Teach: What is Human Trafficking? (Video)

This video from the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign helps answer the question "What is Human Trafficking? "

Youth Rules!

This website from the United States Department of Labor provides information on the laws relating to workers under the age of 18.

National Employment Law Project

Website of the National Employment Law Project. The Project works to promote policies and programs that create good jobs, strengthen upward mobility, enforce hard-won worker rights, and help unemployed workers regain their economic footing through improved benefits and services.

Trans Youth Handbook

The Trans Youth Handbook serves as a comprehensive legal resource guide that covers the rights of trans youth across a wide spectrum of situations, including identity documents, school, health care, non-affirming care environments, and work.

Returning to Work During Coronavirus

Answers to some frequently asked questions from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia about returning to work following a shutdown during the COVID-19 crisis.

Immigrant Workers’ Rights and COVID-19

Information on the rights of immigrant workers relating to COVID-19.

Need Health Insurance and Not Working in Your Prior Job? Act Now!

If you are not working because you are on leave, on layoff, or have lost your job, you should look at the following options for health care for yourself and your family. You should secure coverage within 60 DAYS of when you lose coverage through your employer, or you will lose the opportunity to get affordable benefits through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace until the end of the year.

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