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Robert Baker

Robert J. Baker focuses his practice on the defense of general employment and workers’ compensation matters. He routinely represents employers in labor and employment matters, including state and EEOC litigation. He has handled a myriad of human resources including hiring, firing, progressive discipline, payroll, compensation and benefits, OSHA/risk management and training and development. Before joining the firm, Rob was corporate director of human resources for PHI/Presbyterian Homes, Inc., a continuing care retirement community, where he was responsible for employment law compliance, employee relations, workers’ compensation management of insured and self-insured programs and other human resources issues. This experience helps him guide his clients through any issues that might arise, having handled them first hand in his clients position himself. Some of Rob's significant accomplishments include the coordination of WARN, reductions in force, successful OSHA investigations resulting in zero deficiencies, management of transition of multiple employee benefits programs from insured to self-insured status, management of welfare and retirement plan documents and summary plan descriptions, and discontinuing retirement plans with the implementation of replacement programs. He has also handled matters before the EEOC. Rob is a frequent writer and lecturer with respect to all aspects of employment law. He is a course planner/presenter for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, and routinely presents at workers’ compensation and employment seminars.