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August 2015 Archives

Transgender discrimination in the workplace

In many states, it is still legal for employers to discharge employees based on their gender identity, and there are no clear-cut laws passed by Congress that prevent gender identity discrimination in the workplace. Some cities and states have passed local legislation to protect residents from employer bias and wrongful termination. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, Philadelphia is one of the nation’s cities that has banned gender identity discrimination. In addition, Pennsylvania’s governor issued an executive order to make discrimination against transgender state workers illegal, although there is not currently a statewide law that protects those working for privately held companies.

Types of defined contribution retirement plans

Retirement is often included in employee benefits in companies in Montgomery, Pennsylvania. While a defined benefit plan is fairly straightforward, promising a certain amount each month after retirement, defined contribution plans may seem more confusing. In this type of plan, the employer and employee each contribute to the individual account, and that amount is typically a percentage of the employee’s pre-taxed earnings. These may be matched by the employer, depending on the type of plan. This money is then invested, and the success of the investments determines the size of the retirement benefits.

What is the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974?

Employers in private industries are not required to provide a pension or retirement plan for employees. However, if you are employed by a company in Pennsylvania that offers a pension plan as part of its employee benefits, your employer must follow certain guidelines set by the federal government so that the funds are still available when you retire. The legislation is called the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, also known as ERISA. The U.S. Department of Labor explains the standards for pension plans that are set out by ERISA.

Sexual harassment includes a wide variety of workplace situations

In any employment situation, all workers and employers have the right to be treated with professional courtesy. If you work in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York, and the workplace environment makes you feel uncomfortable because of offensive sexual comments or sexual innuendo, we at Jacobson & Rooks understand that this type of behavior can turn a career into a miserable experience.

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