Labor Laws in Pennsylvania

Many people are aware of federal laws, such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), that regulate how employers treat their employees.  Not as many people realize that a number of state and even local laws also do the same, and in some cases provide even greater protection for workers.  The Pennsylvania labor attorneys of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti, P.C. are knowledgeable about the many specific labor laws in Pennsylvania that protect workers from unfair treatment:

  • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits employers from discriminating in hiring, firing, and setting the terms and conditions of employment based on race, religion, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, or disability.
  • The Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying unequal wages based on the sex of an employee.
  • The Worker and Community Right-to-Know Act requires employers to notify employees of the presence and location of hazardous substances in the workplace and protects employees from reprisal for reporting violations.
  • The General Safety Law provides general safety and health requirements for workplaces in Pennsylvania.
  • The Prevailing Wage Act requires contractors engaged in public works to pay their workers a wage appropriate to their trade.
  • The Wage Payment and Collection Law requires employers to establish regular paydays within a reasonable time of the end of each pay period.
  • The Minimum Wage Act sets minimum pay rates and overtime rates for employees.

In addition to these Pennsylvania labor laws, some local governments may impose additional requirements upon employers within their jurisdiction.  These laws provide minimum standards that, in some cases, exceed those provided by similar federal laws.  Many also grant aggrieved employees the right to file an administrative complaint against their employers or to sue for damages.

Some of these laws allow a labor lawyer to seek special damages for a client in addition to lost wages.  An experienced Pennsylvania labor lawyer knows your rights under both state and federal law and knows which law affords the greatest protection.

Pennsylvania labor lawyers know how to preserve your rights

Many federal and state employee rights laws require an employee to file a complaint with an administrative agency, such as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), before that employee can file a lawsuit in state or federal court.  These administrative agencies require claimants to strictly adhere to unique timetables and filing requirements.

The Bucks County employment law firm of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti, P.C. maintains a staff of lawyers who have experience dealing with these agencies.  Our Pennsylvania employment lawyers have considerable expertise in the latest developments in this unique area of law because employment law is the primary basis of our practice.

Contact one of our experienced attorneys today

The Pennsylvania labor lawyers of Karpf, Karpf & Cerutti, P.C. are here to help you stand up to an unfair or discriminatory employer.  Contact us by phone at 215-639-0801 in Pennsylvania or 609-683-4022 in New Jersey.  You can also contact us online.

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Bensalem, PA 19020
Phone: 215.639.0801

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Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Marlton, NJ 08053
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