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HR Counseling

The Pittsburgh employment law attorneys at N. Stotler Law are adept at helping employers lead and manage employees from recruiting and hiring to separation and retirement. We will take a proactive approach with your organization by conducting training programs and helping management and HR professionals avoid possible employment disputes. We are ready to help HR departments throughout the central and western Pennsylvania area.

Hiring and recruiting

When hiring and recruiting, you need to be sure you conduct every aspect of the process legally. This includes avoiding discriminatory questions and processes during any part of the recruiting or hiring process. The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) make it clear that discrimination against a person based on any of the following while recruiting and hiring is illegal:

  • Race or color
  • Ethnicity or nationality
  • Sex (orientation and gender)
  • Marital status
  • Disability
  • Age
  • Religion (or lack of religion)
  • Pregnancy status

Pay and compensation

It is vital that all employees receive at least the Pennsylvania minimum wage. Aside from this minimum, non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay for any time worked over 40 hours in a week. Determining the proper classification of employees is pivotal to pay that is compliant with the Fair Labor Standards Act and state pay laws. Employers must closely monitor the number of hours that each employee works and be sure they have compensated appropriately. Additionally, the Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying an employee of one sex less than the pay an employee of the other sex receives for the same job with similar training and skill requirements.

Paid leave plans

The team at N. Stotler Law can help develop organizational paid leave plans. Under Pennsylvania law, employers are not required to provide employees with vacation benefits, either paid or unpaid. However, if an employment policy or contract provides for such payments, an employer must follow its policy consistently. PA law does not require employers to provide workers with paid sick leave, but an employer may choose to do so under their own policies. Coordination of business needs and legal requirements for leave is daunting but doable with the assistance of Attorney Stotler.

Discipline and discharge

When disciplinary issues arise with an employee, this matter is often handled by the human resources department. N. Stotler Law will help ensure that your organization and HR department develops and implements sound disciplinary policies. In some cases, it may be necessary to terminate an employee. Attorney Stotler can help implement the policies to do this legally and will even handle termination and due process hearings.

Reasonable accommodation requests

It is illegal to discriminate against a qualified employee with a disability. In order to help assist with their job duties, employees with a qualified disability may request reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). What is “reasonable” and what is not is often interpreted differently by the employee and the employer. N. Stotler Law can help you navigate ADA accommodations.

Contact an attorney today

When your human resources department needs help from a qualified and experienced legal team, contact N. Stotler Law today. Attorney Stotler is ready to assist with all areas of your HR legal matters. You can contact our Pittsburgh HR attorney for a consultation of your case by clicking here or calling 724-841-5565. We are here to help Human Resource departments throughout the western and central Pennsylvania areas.