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Why was I denied family medical leave from work?

In 1993, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was passed federally. This meant that many employees across the United States were able to prioritize the medical needs of themselves or their family over work for the first time, without fearing being fired.

The FMLA is a key source of protection for expectant mothers, those with short-term health issues and workers with elderly parents. However, not all employees are protected by the FMLA. If you have been recently denied FMLA leave, you should make sure to understand the eligibility requirements under the law.

Claiming unemployment compensation as a fired worker

Being fired from your job can happen suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving you with no income and bills to pay. Being fired is always an extremely stressful time, but there are possibilities to take away the strain of the situation.

It is possible to claim unemployment compensation when you lose your job. However, successfully making a claim can only be done under certain circumstances. It is important that you understand your eligibility for unemployment compensation in Pennsylvania, especially if you were fired from your previous job.

Teen drivers at high risk during the colder days

Several states broke winter records for their freezing temperatures and excessive snowfall in the first two months of 2019 alone. Since then, Pennsylvanians have been feverishly checking every day to see which roads are closed due to undrivable pavement or a major accident that these dangerous conditions will eventually cause.

If this year's winter is throwing off even the most experienced local drivers, imagine what it means for the newer ones. Even for parents that wait to have their kids start driving in the spring will run into potential snowstorms and start seeing how winter affected the roads. Earlier this year, several teens have lost their cars and their lives to these dangerous conditions. These accidents should serve as a reminder to parents of these adolescent motorists to be cautious before sending their children out.

What are my employee rights when serving jury duty?

If you have been summoned to serve jury duty, it is likely that you will have to fulfill your duties. However, you may worry that your income and your career prospects will be affected as a result.

It is important that you understand the rights that employees have when serving on a jury. That will enable you to take action in the event you are penalized by your employer for doing your civic duty.

The difference between simple teasing and sexual harassment

The current political climate has drawn attention to instances of sexual harassment over the last couple of years. While this has helped bring to light the troubling prevalence of sexual harassment in the workplace, it has also led to an environment of fear. Some employees might be afraid to make what they would perceive to be jokes in good humor with co-workers of the opposite gender.

There is, however, a clear difference between friendly teasing or humorous jokes, and behavior that can be defined as sexual harassment, whether the average employee realizes this. The biggest difference lies in how the behavior is received. If you have experienced teasing behavior that you believe constitutes sexual harassment, it is a good idea to understand how the law fully defines sexual harassment.

Stand up for your maternity rights at work

If you are pregnant or have recently had a baby, you will know that there are many wonderful aspects to bringing a new life into the world. However, if you have a career, it is likely that you will also be concerned about how becoming a mother can affect your ability to progress in your work, as well as how it will affect your ability to earn an income for your family.

As a worker in Pennsylvania, it is very likely that you will be protected under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The FMLA allows all covered workers to take unpaid leave for various types of medical or family-related reasons, without fear of retaliation.

Auto deaths drop in Pennsylvania, NSC says

Both the safety advocacy group the National Safety Council and the state Department of Transportation say road deaths are dropping in Pennsylvania.

In 2017, the number of fatalities in the state from auto accidents was 1141. In 2016, it was 1189 and in 2015 it was 1205, or a 5 percent drop from 2015 to 2017, according to the NSC.

How much can I receive in unemployment compensation?

If you have recently become unemployed in Pennsylvania, it is likely that you are very stressed about where your next paycheck is coming from. While it is likely that you are looking for new employment, you may also want to look into the possibility of seeking unemployment compensation.

Unemployment compensation is available to certain former workers here in Pennsylvania. You are likely to qualify if you are currently available to work and are actively looking for another job, if you were unemployed because of something that was not your fault and if you were earning a certain amount in the past.

Proving wrongful termination in Pennsylvania

If your employment has been terminated recently, you may be shocked and upset by this, especially if you were not given a reason why. You may even wonder if you can make a wrongful termination claim based on the fact that there was no reason given.

The fact that your employment was terminated with no warning or reason given does not constitute wrongful termination if you are employed through an at-will employment contract. Under these circumstances, an employer can terminate employment at any time and for any reason, with the exception of a discriminatory or retaliatory reason.

Sexual harassment can come in many different forms

If you are feeling uncomfortable at work because of unwanted advances from a co-worker, you might think that the behavior is simply too subtle to be classed as sexual harassment. However, sexual harassment can come in many different forms and in varying degrees of severity. Therefore, it may be possible for you to still file a sexual harassment claim.

It is important that you take the time to understand how sexual harassment is defined under the law and that you apply the law to your own situation. By taking action. you will be standing up for your own rights and protecting yourself from any retaliation that may arise. The following are some types of sexual harassment that you may not recognize as such.