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Terms of Employment: Pennsylvania

Terms of Employment requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Christin Choi, Fisher Phillips


  • The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act prohibits employers from refusing to hire, or otherwise discriminating against, employees, independent contractors, or job applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, sex, national origin, non-job related handicap or disability, use of guide or support animals because of blindness, deafness, or physical handicap of the user, or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals. See The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act.
  • In Pennsylvania, employment is presumed to be at-will and is terminable at any time for any reason, absent a contractual term, a statutory restriction or clear circumstances indicating that the employment relationship is for a specific term. See At-Will Employment.
  • Employers may delineate the terms of an at-will employment relationship by setting forth such terms in an offer letter, an employee handbook, a policy statement or other written communication. See Terms of At-Will Employment.
  • Employment contracts may be express, implied, verbal and/or written. See Employment Contracts.
  • Restrictive covenants are enforceable in Pennsylvania to the extent that they are reasonably necessary for the protection of the employer's protectable business interests. See Restrictive Covenants.
  • Employers should consider including confidentiality and nondisclosure clauses in their written employment agreements to protect the confidentiality of their business and/or proprietary information. See Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Clauses.