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August 2016 Archives

Understanding the basics of the FLSA

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires employers to pay non-exempt workers at least the federal hourly minimum wage for their time worked in a workweek. Additionally, they must pay overtime when employees work more than 40 hours. To keep track of all hours employees work, Pennsylvania employers must understand what counts as hours worked.

Sexual harassment at Fox News was not reported for years

Pennsylvania residents who have watched Fox News over the years were probably unaware of sexual harassment at the channel until very recently. That's because female employees at Fox who felt that they were being harassed by Roger Ailes, the former CEO, took many years to report the alleged harassment. After several women complained, Ailes resigned from his position at the channel.

Sexual discrimination in advertising widespread

Pennsylvania residents may be familiar with research indicating that sexual discrimination is still a major problem for many female workers, and one such study was published by the American Association of Advertising Agencies on Aug. 11. The trade group surveyed 400 advertising industry women, and more than half of them reported that they had endured sexual discrimination in some shape or form on one or more occasions.

Workplace discrimination against transgender people

While workers have protections against workplace discrimination in Pennsylvania under both state and federal laws, one group of workers is still largely unprotected when they are discriminated against while working or while applying for jobs. Transgender workers have long faced discrimination in both the state and across the nation.

Ramifications of FMLA law in Pennsylvania

According to a ruling by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, companies could be in violation of FMLA rules if they omit information about reinstatement. A man who worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond said that his employer failed to tell him that he would be reinstated to his job upon return from FMLA leave.