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E-Law

Erie E-Law is a complimentary service of the Erie County Bar Association designed to make basic legal information available to you with ease. You can gain access to E-Law either by reading the information found below or by contacting us to request a copy of the transcripts.

Workers' Compensation

Employment Law

The Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation laws provide benefits for employees who are injured or develop a disease related to their employment. Workers' Compensation is administered by the Bureau of Workers' Compensation of the Department of Labor and Industry in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Firing

Employment Law

As a general rule, unless a binding employment contract exists, employment in Pennsylvania is presumed to be “at-will” and may be terminated by either the employer or the employee at any time and for any reason, so long as it does not violate applicable law.

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Discrimination

Employment Law

Both state and federal law makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, and in some cases, disabilities. Erie County, Pennsylvania, also has regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

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Americans with Disabilities Act

Employment Law

The Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, was enacted into law on July 26, 1990, and completely effective on July 26, 1994. The ADA has been described as the most significant human rights legislation to be enacted by the federal government in at least the past 20 years. The ADA is organized into five sections covering various topics related to Americans with disabilities.

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Wage and Hour Issues

Employment Law

The Fair Labor Standards Act guarantees most employees minimum wage and overtime pay benefits. Currently, the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour. Employees may be paid an hourly rate, a fixed weekly salary, or a fixed monthly or semi-monthly salary so long as the employee is paid at least $7.25 for each hour worked. 

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Unemployment Compensation

Employment Law

If you were employed, but now have lost your job, and you meet certain legal requirements, you may be entitled to weekly monetary payments under the Unemployment Compensation Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. These benefits vary, depending on your prior earnings.

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Sexual Harassment

Employment Law

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or "EEOC", is a government agency which enforces the laws against sex discrimination.

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