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  • Justice at Work Available to Assist Migrant Farmworkers

    Justice at Work legal services is available to assist farmworkers, mushroom workers and food processing workers in PA and migrant farmworkers who have been employed in PA and have claims arising out of their employment in PA. Content Detail

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    Justice At Work
  • Access to Justice: Do you need an interpreter for a legal matter?

    Going to court can be stressful and confusing, especially if you do not speak English fluently. You have the right to participate in a legal case involving you, even if you speak little English or no English. Pennsylvania law says that you have the right to a free, trained interpreter who speaks your language and English well in court and administrative proceedings. The interpreter can help you communicate and understand the events of the proceeding. This way you can better defend your rights. Read More

    By:
    Justice At Work
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
    Russian / Pусский
    Vietnamese / Tiếng Việt
    Chinese (Traditional) / 中文
  • Do You Need a Court Interpreter? (Video)

    This video from the PA Courts explains how to request a court interpreter; what to expect; how to communicate with court staff outside the courtroom; and who is qualified to be a court interpreter. Read More

    By:
    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • About DACA and Employment

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

    By:
    National Immigration Law Center
    Read this in:
    Korean / 한국어
    Portuguese / Português
  • Blue Campaign

    Information on Blue Campaign, a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases. Content Detail

    By:
    Department of Homeland Security
  • Citizenship Discrimination

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

    By:
    National Immigration Law Center
  • 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. Content Detail

    By:
    National Immigration Law Center
  • 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) Content Detail

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    United States Department of Labor
  • 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) Content Detail

    By:
    United States Department of Labor
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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. Content Detail

    By:
    United States Department of Labor
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Minimum Wage Poster

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

    By:
    United States Department of Labor
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • 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. Content Detail

    By:
    National Immigration Law Center
  • 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) Content Detail

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

    By:
    National Immigration Law Center
  • 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) Content Detail

    By:
    Social Security Administration
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Immigrant Workers’ Rights and COVID-19 - Frequently Asked Questions

    The COVID-19 public health crisis is creating many challenges for immigrant workers and their families. An estimated six million immigrants are in essential jobs at the front lines of the response to this pandemic. This provides answers to frequently asked questions from immigrant workers and their advocates about COVID-19-related topics. Content Detail

    By:
    National Employment Law Project