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An “Employee’s” Right to Inspect His or Her Personnel File in Pennsylvania

Employers commonly find themselves answering the following question: What right does a former employee have to access his or her personnel file? Often, after an employer terminates an employee, that employee and/or the employee’s attorney demands access to the employee’s personnel file. Up until a recent decision out of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on this issue, employers found themselves in a precarious position of whether they granted the former employee’s request. The Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc. v. Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry case now equips employers with the clear right to say no to the former employee’s request. 162 A.3d 384 (Pa. 2017).

New Rules Regarding Paying Employees by Debit Cards TO TAKE EFFECT MAY 4, 2017

The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed a law (Act 161) in November that amends the Pennsylvania Banking Code to permit the use of payroll debit cards, with certain conditions. Employers who wish to consider the payroll debit card option for paying employees (or who already are doing so) should review the specifics of the law to ensure they are in compliance when this law takes effect on May 4, 2017

New Pennsylvania Legislation Allows Payment of Wages by Payroll Debit Cards

Employers in Pennsylvania will be able to pay employee wages using payroll debit cards under an amendment to the banking code signed by Governor Tom Wolf on November 4, 2016. The new legislation goes into effect 180 days following the signing, on May 4, 2017.

New Pennsylvania Payroll Debit Card Law Contains Many Restrictions

Pennsylvania employers will be permitted to pay employees' wages, salaries, commissions or other payments by payroll debit card under a new law taking effect May 5, 2017. Employers that want to offer employees this wage payment option should take advantage of the lead time until the law takes effect, as they must comply with quite a number of restrictions before rolling out a program.

Rising Wages – The Expansion of Philadelphia’s Prevailing Wage Ordinance

On Thursday, October 27th Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signed into law legislation that expands the scope of the city’s prevailing wage ordinance to encompass service employees at universities, hospitals and other businesses that receive government funds.

New Pennsylvania Law Clarifies the Use of Payroll Debit Cards

On November 4, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed into law a bill that brings the Commonwealth’s law regarding payroll debit cards into the 21st century. The new legislation amends Pennsylvania’s Banking Code, and makes explicit that the use of payroll debit cards is permissible under the law of Pennsylvania, provided the employer and the bank issuing the payroll debit card comply with certain prerequisites.

Wage Wars – Philadelphia’s Wage Theft Ordinance Goes Into Effect

On July 1, 2016, the City of Philadelphia’s new Wage Theft Ordinance went into effect. In substance, the Ordinance provides employees who fall within the scope of the Ordinance another means for seeking to recover unpaid wages (i.e., “wage theft” under the Ordinance), it creates the position of wage theft coordinator in Philadelphia, and it imposes new compliance obligations on employers who are subject to the Ordinance. Under the Ordinance, “wage theft” encompasses a violation of any federal or state law “regulating the payment of wages . . . where the work is performed in Philadelphia or the employment contract underlying the violation is made in Philadelphia.”
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