George Barron

How much leave time must an employer provide for an employee with a disability or medical condition? The answer depends in part on the employer, the job, and the seriousness and duration of the medical condition. There are no easy answers.  The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide up to twelve […]

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Permanent Residents should apply to become citizens as soon as they are able in order to avoid problems with Trump executive orders.

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A potential client called me this week and described what seemed to be a case of unlawful discrimination at work – violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (“PHRA”).  I’ll call him “Sol” – not his real name. Long story short, Sol was passed over for a promotion, […]

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The election of Donald Trump as President is a frightening event for many immigrants and their families.  I do not believe that there will be mass deportations or a border wall.  However, it is possible that the deferred action program put in place by President Obama will be eliminated. Eliminating deferred action will create problems […]

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11/21/2014 President Obama announced yesterday that he plans to make some changes to our immigration laws that would permit some undocumented immigrants to remain in the United States and get work authorization.  The changes haven’t happened yet, and we do not know exactly what they will look like.  Although Congressional Republicans are mad, I do […]

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Preparing for EEOC Mediation and PHRC Fact Finding Conferences When you have a discrimination or retaliation claim before the PHRC or EEOC, you may receive notice that a conference has been scheduled.  At the PHRC this will most likely be called a “Fact Finding Conference.”  At the EEOC, it will most likely be a mediation. […]

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There are some questions that I frequently get from potential clients.  This is one:   Q:  My employer pays me cash for overtime.  Is that legal?   A:  Probably not – for a lot of reasons.   First, if the employer is paying you cash, then neither of you is paying the required federal and state […]

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It seems that I am getting more calls than ever before about sexual harassment in the workplace.  Some say that bosses think they can get away with it now because the economy is bad.  I blame “Mad Men.” For those who don’t know, “Mad Men” is a television show on AMC about advertising executives in […]

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You’re Fired! What’s Next? Most of us have had the experience of being fired.  I was fired from my very first job.  I was in high school, working part-time in a small downtown department store (back in the day when such things still existed) as a janitor. I was there for a couple of months […]

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Signs That Your Employer is Breaking the Law If you have a dog, you know the look – head tilted, eyes downcast, guilty. It usually means “I peed on the carpet and I’m ashamed.” Dogs can’t hide their shame because they are good and honorable creatures. Bosses, on the other hand . . . . […]

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Please note that this article applies to Unemployment Compensation in Pennsylvania.  Other states may have different rules. Generally the state in which you work is the state in which you should apply for unemployment compensation benefits.  The six things: 1. You don’t get unemployment compensation if you quit your job, unless you can prove that […]

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Deferred Action Guidelines On June 15, 2012, the Obama administration announced a new policy allowing certain young people to avoid deportation, remain in the United States and get work authorization.  Under this program, young people could receive deferred action and work authorization for two years, and could renew every two years for as long as […]

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On June 15, 2011, the Obama administration announced that is would stop deporting certain undocumented immigrants, specifically undocumented immigrants who entered the US when they were children and have been here for a specific length of time – and that it would let those immigrants get permission to work in the US. Let’s start with […]

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I get a lot of calls from people looking for the “Pennsylvania Labor Board”.  As far as I can tell, there is no such thing.  Many people seem to believe that there is a PA Labor Board that oversees employment in Pennsylvania and assures that employers treat workers fairly and obey the law.  Unfortunately, there […]

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It is certainly unfair for an employer to fire an employee for no reason.  However, it is not necessarily against the law.  It is perfectly legal for an employer to fire people at random, for no reason at all.  The employer does not have to tell employees why they are being fired, or what the […]

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