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August 2017 Archives

Managing wrongful termination claims in the workplace

Employees are protected from unfair firing by various federal and state laws. In the event that an employer decides to fire a worker, the company should be able to demonstrate that the firing was not a result of discrimination. If not, the business could potentially face a wrongful termination lawsuit. Individuals in Wisconsin on both sides of the issue may be interested to know what actions show a proper dismissal and what actions may suggest that a person is being released because of bias. 

State and federal family leave options

At any time, a person in Wisconsin might find themselves needing to take time away from a job in order to tend to a personal or family matter. In some situations, such leave is provided under either the state or federal family and medical leave laws. While the concept of both laws is similar in that employees are guaranteed the right to take this time off for qualifying events without fear of losing their jobs, there are differences that people should understand.

Family and Medical Leave Act supports addiction treatment

For individuals suffering with addiction, treatment has not always been easy to come by. Persons with addictions face stigma, lack of access and concerns about losing their job. Substance use disorder is a protected disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, as long as the individual is no longer using or if they are in a treatment program. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) can also support people who need time off from their job to participate in addiction treatment. A recent news story shares how people in Wisconsin and other states may use this federal law to support their recovery. 

Was your termination an illegal one?

Working in an at-will state like Illinois means employers can fire you for any reason they see fit. They do not have to provide you with prior notice before dismissing you from your position. This can make it hard for you to know if there was justification for your termination. If your employer fires you without warning, all is not lost. The law does offer you some protections against wrongful termination

Wisconsin legislature ponders construction wage and hour laws

State government is looking at ways to become more cost effective for big budget projects. Currently, the Wisconsin legislature is considering changes to prevailing wage and hour laws, citing imperfect methods of computing the prevailing wage. Proponents of the change argue that by repealing prevailing wage laws, tax dollar waste will be reduced and big budget state infrastructure projects will become more affordable. One recent news article comments on the wage issue in depth. 

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