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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Employment Issues for Migrants in Pennsylvania.

Click on a resource category listed below to see information related to that category.

Federal Court Finder

Find a federal court location by location or court name, including appellate, district, bankruptcy, probation and pretrial office, or federal defender organization. Each District Court has its own local forms which are generally available on the Court website.

Filing an Employment Discrimination Charge - A Do-It-Yourself Packet for Immigrant Workers

A Do-It-Yourself Packet for Immigrant Workers. This Packet Contains a Basic Information Brief: Employer Sanctions and Discrimination; Sample I-9 Form; Practical Tips on Dealing with a Discriminatory Employer; How to File a Discrimination Charge; Instructions on Filling out the Charge Form; and Sample Charge and Complaint Forms.

Fact Sheet #35: Joint Employment Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act (MSPA)

This Fact Sheet from the United States Department of Labor provides general information concerning the meaning and applicability of joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act and under the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. (January 2020)

Fact Sheet #49: The Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act

This fact sheet from the United States Department of Labor outlines the rights protected by the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act. (July 2008)

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)

Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor

The Fair Labor Standards Act Advisor, from the United States Department of Labor, provides employers and employees with the information they need to understand Federal minimum wage, overtime, child labor and recordkeeping requirements. The child labor section answers questions from youth, parents, teachers and employers about Federal child labor rules. This Advisor was developed by the Wage and Hour Division.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage Poster

Poster from the United States Department of Labor outlining current minimum wage requirements.

Foreign Workers and Social Security Numbers

Information from the Social Security Administration for foreign workers about why you need a Social Security number and how to get one. [PDF] (July 2017)

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.

National Farmworker Jobs Program

The National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) is a nationally-directed, locally-administered program of services for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. NFJP, with support from the United States Department of Labor, assists migrant and other seasonally-employed farmworkers and their families achieve economic self-sufficiency through job training and other services that address their employment related needs.

PA Courts Public Access Policy - Filing Requirements in the Courts (Video)

Effective on January 6, 2018, a new Public Access Policy is in effect in Pennsylvania Courts. This policy imposes requirements on anyone filing court documents in the trial and appellate courts to safeguard information in the documents they file. The Pennsylvania Courts have released this series of videos that explain the judiciary’s new policy for protecting confidential information and the required steps you must take to protect that information when filing documents in the courts.

Social Security & Entering the United States of America

Section of the Social Security Administration website providing information about Social Security for recent immigrants and other non-citizens entering the United States.

Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor

Website of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.

About DACA and Employment

Information and Frequently Asked Questions about workers rights under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. (September 2017)

Citizenship Discrimination

Information on citizenship status discrimination, where an employer treats you differently from other workers because of your citizenship or immigration status.

Document Abuse

By law, employers must make sure that the workers they hire have permission to work in the U.S. But the same law also says that employers may not discriminate against workers with authorization to work. This provides information on the most common legal work authorization documents that you are allowed to show your employer to prove your identity and eligibility to work in the U.S.

Filing an Employment Discrimination Charge - A Do-It-Yourself Packet for Immigrant Workers

A Do-It-Yourself Packet for Immigrant Workers. This Packet Contains a Basic Information Brief: Employer Sanctions and Discrimination; Sample I-9 Form; Practical Tips on Dealing with a Discriminatory Employer; How to File a Discrimination Charge; Instructions on Filling out the Charge Form; and Sample Charge and Complaint Forms.

I-9 Antidiscrimination Protections

In 1986, Congress enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) that made it unlawful for an employer in the United States to knowingly hire a worker who is not authorized to work in the U.S. The 1986 law established a procedure that employers must follow to verify that employees are authorized to work in the U.S. The federal government created Form I-9, the employment eligibility verification form, which employers must complete for all new employees.

Proving Work Authorization and Reverification

Questions and answers on work authorization and reverification. (April 2009)

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