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  • 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. Read More

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    U.S. Department of Justice
  • 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] Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
  • 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] Content Detail

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    Federal Trade Commission
  • 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. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • Downloadable Forms from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

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

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • 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. Content Detail

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    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • 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. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • 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. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • 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. Content Detail

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    U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • General Wage & Hour Questions

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

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • If You Are A Farm Worker - Your Wage Record Book and Guide to Social Security

    Booklet from Social Security which provides farm workers an overview of your wage record, your boss's responsibility in reporting earnings, and the importance of making sure your earnings are reported correctly. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Social Security Administration
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • 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. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
  • Online Services from the Pennsylvania Workforce Development System and Pennsylvania CareerLink

    List of online services offered by the PA Workforce Development System and Pennsylvania CareerLink including job search and postings, training, work support services, and vocational rehabilitation. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • 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. Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry
  • 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. Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor