Pennsylvania State labor laws, which were created through a series of acts in the 20th century and are updated regularly in order to meet contemporary federal standards, extend to protect both salaried and non-salaried employees. While minor provisions within laws differentiate between salaried and non-salaried employees, Pennsylvania labor laws exist to protect the rights of workers across the board.
All salaried employees in the state of Pennsylvania are entitled to wages equal to those of workers within the same field and company of employment performing the same function. The equal wage law exists to prohibit employer discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sex or orientation. If an employer is found to have violated this law, a state fine will be levied and all wages withheld from the employee or employees in question will be paid.
Prohibition of Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act
Pennsylvania’s Prohibition of Excessive Overtime in Health Care Act prevents health care facilities such as hospitals from requiring excessive overtime work from salaried and non-salaried employees who are in direct and frequent contact with patients. The law was enacted in order to insure optimal care for patients and to protect doctors and nurses from becoming overtired and making potentially dangerous mistakes. The law does not prohibit employees from working shifts over eight hours if the schedule is mutually agreed upon, and does not extend to on-call workers.
The state of Pennsylvania has a Worker’s Compensation Act that protects the rights of salaried, and non-salaried, employees. Provisions of this act require employers to maintain and healthy and safe work environment. Employers are required to pay for the medical costs and leave of employees who are unable to work due to a workplace injury resultant of negligence or poor, outdated facilities or safety standards. As stipulated by the Act, workers seeking compensation must file with the state to receive compensatory benefits.