Employment Law Issues

Disputes between employees and their employers often leads to complex questions about employment rights. Through the Pennsylvania Employment Law Project, NLS and its Consortium partners, Laurel Legal Services and Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, seek to expand upon the traditional representation provided in unemployment matters. We are now handling additional employment related legal issues as well as engaging in outreach efforts to the community on those issues. This project has allowed us to provide advice and/or representation in cases involving wage claims, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), job discrimination, working conditions, the expungement of criminal records or unfounded child abuse records, pardons, and at-will employment. Legal assistance may include advice or full representation. In addition to providing legal assistance on such cases, NLS also engages in outreach activities designed to educate the community regarding these issues. Any organization interested in obtaining training on these issues should contact NLS and ask for the Employment Law Specialist.

NLS offers pamphlets on a variety of these issues, including Asserting Rights in the Workplace, Getting Fired and Quitting, Employment Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, Workers With Disabilities, Wages and Hours, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and Workplace Safety.

NLS also offers pamphlets related to Unemployment Compensation Basics and specific reasons that UC benefits may be denied such as Willful Misconduct, Voluntary Quit, and “Able and Available” and Refusal of Suitable Work. Additionally NLS offers information on the procedural aspects of UC law such as Representing Yourself at a UC Referee Hearing and Appealing UC Determinations.

Starting around July 2020 a new law called “Clean Slate” will automatically seal many criminal cases. These automatically sealed cases will included all dropped cases (after 60 days), and many non-violent misdemeanors and summary convictions (after 10 years without a new conviction).

Finally, NLS Offers Free Driving Privileges Information Guides:

Employment Links and Other Resources

Other Employment Brochures and Information (from PA LawHelp)