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April 2017 Archives

How the ADA protects people with cancer in the workplace

Some Pennsylvania employees who have had cancer might still be facing discrimination in the workplace according to a study that appeared in the "Journal of Oncology Practice." While a 2009 amendment to the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act was designed to protect employees with well-managed disabilities or those in remission who still also faced substantial limitations, the study found this was not always the case.

The "in loco parentis" relationship and FMLA leave

Some Pennsylvania employees might be eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for people who are not legally or biologically their parent or child if the relationship has been like that of parent and child. "In loco parentis" refers to this type of relationship, and it may be required for an employer to establish whether this relationship exists before approving or denying leave.

U.S. Supreme Court to rule on pension plan case

Pennsylvania employees may be interested to learn that a case involving church-affiliated health care institutions and pension plans was being heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. The case involved whether or not church-affiliated pension plans that were not established or maintained by the church should be exempt from Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 regulations.

Workplace sexual harassment and how companies respond

Employees in Pennsylvania who face sexual harassment on the job might want to try to resolve the issue in their workplace. However, some workplaces do not have an effective system for investigating and dealing with workplace harassment. In fact, some companies are more concerned with protecting themselves. One attorney reports that a corporate lawyer in charge of sexual harassment policies told him on the stand in court that his job was primarily to protect the company. Some companies also use the reporting system for harassment and discrimination as a way to get an early warning about potential lawsuits.