Robert J. Baker

Partner

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(717) 686-9382
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(717) 909-5173
150 Corporate Center Drive
Suite 103
Camp Hill
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PA
17011
1655 North Fort Myer Drive
Suite 700
Arlington
,
VA
22209

PRACTICE AREAS

Employment Law and Labor Relations

Workers' Compensation

Medical Marijuana

Premises Liability

Admissions

Pennsylvania

Virginia

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

Supreme Court of Virginia

US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Widener University School of Law

J.D., 2005

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

M.A., 1999

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

B.A., magna cum laude, 1997

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 PHRC/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 PHRC and 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 the Pennsylvania Business Workers Compensation Conference as well as the Pennsylvania Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference.

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

Society for Human Resource Management

Human Resource Professionals of Central Pennsylvania

CLM, Workers' Compensation and Cannabis Committee, member 2020

NATSO

Achievements

Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2018-2022)

Selected to Pennsylvania Rising Stars® (2012-2015)

Articles

“Prescribing a Recommendation: The Compensability of Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation,” page 12, CLM Magazine, September 2021

“How to Navigate COVID-19 Layoffs and Furloughs,”balance TRAK, June 2020

Presentations

“Case Study: Employment Law Interaction with Workers’ Compensation Administration,” PA Bureau of Workers’ Compensation Conference, June 7, 2022

“Answers to Truckstop and Travel Center Questions About OSHA’s Temporary Standard (ETS),” The Truck Stops Here, NATSO Podcast, December 9, 2021  

Indiana County Area SHRM Biennial Conference, “Medical Marijuana,” October 2019

Indiana County Area SHRM Biennial Conference, “Interaction Between Workers’ Compensation and Employment Law,” October 2019

PBI Course, “Handling the Worker’s Compensation Case,” March 15, 2012

PA SHRM Conference, “The Relationship Between ADA, FMLA, WC and UC.” September 24, 2012

Captive Resources, “The Relationship Between ADA, FMLA and Workers’ Compensation,” September 7, 2010

Churchill Casualty/MAC Casualty Pennsylvania and New Jersey Focus Group, "Pennsylvania and Human Resource Professionals of Central Pennsylvania” and “Legal Implications of Technology in the Workplace,” August 24, 2010

New Jersey Workers' Compensation and ADA Interplays, August 4, 2010

Human Resource Professionals of Central Pennsylvania Fall Conference, “I9/Immigration Law Update,” October 27, 2009

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, “Workers’ Compensation Cost Containment,” October 2008

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 PHRC/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 PHRC and 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 the Pennsylvania Business Workers Compensation Conference as well as the Pennsylvania Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Conference.

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

Dauphin County Bar Association

Society for Human Resource Management

Human Resource Professionals of Central Pennsylvania

CLM, Workers' Compensation and Cannabis Committee, member 2020

NATSO

Achievements

Selected to Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® (2018-2022)

Selected to Pennsylvania Rising Stars® (2012-2015)

Articles

“Prescribing a Recommendation: The Compensability of Medical Marijuana in Workers’ Compensation,” page 12, CLM Magazine, September 2021

“How to Navigate COVID-19 Layoffs and Furloughs,”balance TRAK, June 2020

ATTORNEY'S Resources

Articles & Blogs
COVID-19 – More Coverage Questions Than Answers?
COVID-19 – More Coverage Questions Than Answers?
COVID-19 – More Coverage Questions Than Answers?
September 16, 2022
April 14, 2020
Articles & Blogs
Medical Marijuana In Pennsylvania
Medical Marijuana In Pennsylvania
Medical Marijuana In Pennsylvania
April 22, 2022
March 20, 2019
Video Library
Settlement and Mediation Strategy
Settlement and Mediation Strategy
Part 6 of the Chartwell Law PA Workers' Compensation Webinar Series
Settlement and Mediation Strategy
Part 6 of the Chartwell Law PA Workers' Compensation Webinar Series
March 24, 2022
March 24, 2022
Event
WEBINAR: Settlement and Mediation Strategy
WEBINAR: Settlement and Mediation Strategy
Part 6 of the PA Workers' Compensation Webinar Series
WEBINAR: Settlement and Mediation Strategy
Part 6 of the PA Workers' Compensation Webinar Series
February 28, 2022
March 24, 2022
News
Partner Rob Baker is Guest Speaker on NATSO podcast “The Truck Stops Here”
Partner Rob Baker is Guest Speaker on NATSO podcast “The Truck Stops Here”
Partner Rob Baker is Guest Speaker on NATSO podcast “The Truck Stops Here”
December 9, 2021
December 9, 2021
Articles & Blogs
Pennsylvania Employers – Now is a Good Time to Review Your Post-Injury Drug Testing Policies and Procedures
Pennsylvania Employers – Now is a Good Time to Review Your Post-Injury Drug Testing Policies and Procedures
Pennsylvania Employers – Now is a Good Time to Review Your Post-Injury Drug Testing Policies and Procedures
December 3, 2021
December 3, 2021
Video Library
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Workers' Compensation Claims Arising During COVID-19
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Workers' Compensation Claims Arising During COVID-19
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Workers' Compensation Claims Arising During COVID-19
November 17, 2021
April 8, 2021
Video Library
The Course & Scope of Employment
The Course & Scope of Employment
Part 2 of the Chartwell Law PA Workers' Compensation Webinar Series
The Course & Scope of Employment
Part 2 of the Chartwell Law PA Workers' Compensation Webinar Series
November 17, 2021
July 22, 2021
Articles & Blogs
Interaction Between the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act
Interaction Between the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act
Interaction Between the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Act
November 17, 2021
June 5, 2019
Articles & Blogs
New Precedent Set By the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on the Medical Marijuana Act
New Precedent Set By the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on the Medical Marijuana Act
New Precedent Set By the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court on the Medical Marijuana Act
November 17, 2021
January 12, 2021
Event
WEBINAR: The Course and Scope of Employment
WEBINAR: The Course and Scope of Employment
Part 2 of the PA Workers' Compensation Webinar Series
WEBINAR: The Course and Scope of Employment
Part 2 of the PA Workers' Compensation Webinar Series
November 17, 2021
July 22, 2021
Articles & Blogs
Coronavirus and the Impact on Employment
Coronavirus and the Impact on Employment
Coronavirus and the Impact on Employment
November 17, 2021
March 13, 2020
Articles & Blogs
The Reopening Of America: An Employer's Guide For Navigating The New Work World During A Pandemic
The Reopening Of America: An Employer's Guide For Navigating The New Work World During A Pandemic
The Reopening Of America: An Employer's Guide For Navigating The New Work World During A Pandemic
November 17, 2021
October 15, 2020
Video Library
Top 10 COVID-19 Tips for Employers: Cares Act Tax Provisions Edition
Top 10 COVID-19 Tips for Employers: Cares Act Tax Provisions Edition
Top 10 COVID-19 Tips for Employers: Cares Act Tax Provisions Edition
November 17, 2021
May 20, 2020
Event
Current Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia
Current Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia
Current Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia
November 17, 2021
July 28, 2021
News
Chartwell Law Attorneys Named to 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Chartwell Law Attorneys Named to 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Chartwell Law Attorneys Named to 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
November 17, 2021
June 3, 2020
Articles & Blogs
TOP 10 COVID-19 TIPS AND QUESTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS
TOP 10 COVID-19 TIPS AND QUESTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS
TOP 10 COVID-19 TIPS AND QUESTIONS FOR EMPLOYERS
November 17, 2021
April 8, 2020
Results
Personal Animus Defense Results in Workers' Compensation Victory
Personal Animus Defense Results in Workers' Compensation Victory
Personal Animus Defense Results in Workers' Compensation Victory
November 17, 2021
January 15, 2014
Video Library
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
November 17, 2021
October 29, 2020
Event
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
Protecting Your Retail Operations From Insurance And Legal Claims In A Post COVID-19 Marketplace
November 17, 2021
October 29, 2020
Articles & Blogs
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues Updated Guidance on COVID-19
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues Updated Guidance on COVID-19
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Issues Updated Guidance on COVID-19
November 17, 2021
November 9, 2021
Articles & Blogs
Pennsylvania Employers Beware: Violations of the Medical Marijuana Act May Result in Private Civil Lawsuits
Pennsylvania Employers Beware: Violations of the Medical Marijuana Act May Result in Private Civil Lawsuits
Pennsylvania Employers Beware: Violations of the Medical Marijuana Act May Result in Private Civil Lawsuits
November 17, 2021
September 16, 2021
Results
Chartwell attorney obtains dismissal of PHRC Complaint alleging harassment and retaliatory discharge
Chartwell attorney obtains dismissal of PHRC Complaint alleging harassment and retaliatory discharge
Chartwell attorney obtains dismissal of PHRC Complaint alleging harassment and retaliatory discharge
November 17, 2021
August 28, 2012
Articles & Blogs
Interaction between FMLA and Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
Interaction between FMLA and Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
Interaction between FMLA and Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation
November 17, 2021
April 12, 2019
Video Library
Current Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation in Washington, D.C., Maryland & Virginia
Current Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation in Washington, D.C., Maryland & Virginia
Current Hot Topics in Workers' Compensation in Washington, D.C., Maryland & Virginia
November 17, 2021
July 28, 2021
Articles & Blogs
Can a COVID-19 Vaccination Be Mandated?
Can a COVID-19 Vaccination Be Mandated?
Can a COVID-19 Vaccination Be Mandated?
November 17, 2021
October 1, 2020
Video Library
Top 10 COVID-19 Tips for Employers
Top 10 COVID-19 Tips for Employers
Top 10 COVID-19 Tips for Employers
November 17, 2021
May 7, 2020
Articles & Blogs
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Workers' Compensation Claims Arising During COVID-19
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Workers' Compensation Claims Arising During COVID-19
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Other Mental Health Workers' Compensation Claims Arising During COVID-19
Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington, D.C.
November 17, 2021
March 25, 2021
News
Chartwell Law Attorneys Named to 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Chartwell Law Attorneys Named to 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
Chartwell Law Attorneys Named to 2021 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
November 17, 2021
June 1, 2021
Articles & Blogs
COVID-19 and the Exclusivity Provisions of Workers' Compensation
COVID-19 and the Exclusivity Provisions of Workers' Compensation
COVID-19 and the Exclusivity Provisions of Workers' Compensation
November 17, 2021
April 27, 2020