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March 2017 Archives

OSHA campaign to benefit Pennsylvania companies and employees

In order to help employers best protect their workers, OSHA has launched the Safe and Sound Campaign. It urges business owners to evaluate their health and safety programs in an effort to eliminate workplace dangers and other hazards that can lead to occupational injuries and fatalities.

Jewelry company employees allege pervasive sex discrimination

Jewelry stores operated by Sterling Jewelry Co. offer shoppers at malls in Pennsylvania and around the country romantic gifts, but the claims of current and former employees have painted a picture of widespread sexual discrimination against women at the company. Since 2008, the company has been addressing the complaints through arbitration. At first, over a dozen women alleged that the company treated women unfairly. In 2013, attorneys for the women asked to expand the arbitration to a class action that included 69,000 people.

Intermittent FMLA leave in Pennsylvania

The Family and Medical Leave Act allows an employee to take time off work for qualified medical or family reasons without having to worry about losing their job. While some individuals will take off a set period of time, employees are also allowed intermittent leave, which lets them take off of work as needed to deal with medical or family problems. An employee may use intermittent leave to take care of a sick relative or sudden family crisis.