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Performance Appraisals: Pennsylvania

Performance Appraisals requirements for other states

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

Author: Michael R. Galey, Fisher Phillips


  • Employers are not required to give their employees performance appraisals under Pennsylvania law. See Conducting Performance Appraisals.
  • Employers may not take into consideration an employee's membership in a protected class, or engagement in a protected activity, when completing a performance appraisal. See Performance Appraisals and Discrimination.
  • Pennsylvania employers enjoy qualified immunity from employee claims with respect to job references or disclosing information about a current or former employee's job performance. See Defamation Claims.