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November 2015 Archives

State senator forces vote on minimum wage bill

In Pennsylvania, employers are required to pay their hourly workers at least $7.25 per hour, reports the National Conference of State Legislatures. It has been set at this amount, which coincides with the federal minimum wage, since July 2009. According to the Philadelphia Tribune, State Senator Christine Tartaglione is now pushing the senate to vote on a bill that would raise the state’s wages to $10.10 per hour.

Federal and state laws provide overtime wage protection

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry defines overtime as any amount of time worked over 40 hours per week. Workers who put in the extra hours are legally entitle to overtime pay at one and a half times their regular hourly wage for each and every hour worked. However, both federal and state laws prohibit many salaried employees and those in certain occupations from receiving overtime because of the structure of their work agreement. This includes administrative, executive and professional employees.

What is considered sexual harassment in the workplace?

Do you know what constitutes sexual harassment? Forbes reports that although 41 percent of women employees annually report that they have been sexually harassed, fewer male workers than ever – only 10 percent – admit that they have deliberately or inadvertently done or said anything that could be considered sexually harassing. For this reason, it is more important than ever that you ensure that your employer takes the time to educate you and your coworkers about what sexual harassment is and how to avoid putting others in a hostile work environment.

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