Employee Communications: Pennsylvania
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Michael R. Galey, Fisher Phillips
- Under Pennsylvania law, employers are required to communicate several pieces of information to their employees through posters displayed in the workplace. See Communications in Postings Required by Pennsylvania Law.
- Employers in Pennsylvania should communicate the method, manner and timing of employee's pay in writing at the outset of his or her employment. See Employee Compensation Communications.
- All employees should be provided with an employee handbook - receipt of which should be acknowledged in writing. See Communications in Employee Handbooks.
- With respect to claims for defamation, employers in Pennsylvania have a conditional privilege that protects communications among employees of an organization when the communications are made on a proper occasion, for a proper motive, and in a proper manner. See Communications and Defamation.
- Pennsylvania law prohibits drivers from sending text-based communications from mobile devices while driving. See Restricting Employee Communications; Use of Mobile Devices.
- Pennsylvania's Whistleblower Law protects certain internal and external communications of public employees. See Restricting Employee Communications; Whistleblower Protections.
- Localities including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh have requirements pertaining to employee communications. See Local Requirements.