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An Editor's foreword

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus is reported to have observed, “You could not step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.” He could well have been a human resources professional; for the laws applicable to the workplace are forever in a state of flux. New laws, amendments to old laws, new and revised regulations, and a continuing string of decisions from federal and state courts and administrative agencies constantly force Pennsylvania employers to re-evaluate their policies. The only certainty is that more changes are sure to come. Managing in these times requires every employer and human resources professional to have a practical and comprehensive legal reference as a guide.

This book is intended to serve as such a reference. It affords an overview of many labor and employment laws that impact the Pennsylvania workplace. Of course, no text can precisely contemplate all of the legal consequences that should be considered by a particular employer, and these pages are no substitute for consulting your legal counsel in evaluating the effect of the law upon a particular issue. We hope, however, that this reference will be your first step in considering most any legal issue important in the employment arena and...

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