Under the qui tam provision of the Federal Civil False Claims Act, citizens can file lawsuits to allege fraud against a business that receives government funding. The person filing the lawsuit is often an employee of the business and is referred to as a whistle-blower. If a citizen's claim is successful, he or she will generally receive a share of the settlement recovered by the government.
Many employment disputes arise not because there are grey issues with employment law itself, but because it is difficult at times to enforce these laws. For example, discrimination in just about any shape or form is illegal in the workplace. This is a very clear cut issue, however, workers do not always know their rights when it comes to discrimination and even when they do it can be difficult to prove their cases and remedy them.
When people hear the word "discrimination," they likely think about prejudices related to things like race, gender, nationality or sexuality. A lesser-known form of employment discrimination may be on the rise.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, not only are employers here in Wisconsin and the rest of the country barred from discriminating against employees and job applicants based on their disabilities or perceived disabilities, but they are also prohibited from making certain inquiries about the health of employees and job applicants.
Employees of a town in Massachusetts are really hoping to make it through December without becoming sick or injured. Due to their employer's error, their long-term disability insurance lapsed this month.
Wisconsin residents may have heard that the Social Security Administration added 35 new conditions to its Compassionate Allowances program. The diseases and conditions on the Compassionate Allowances list qualify disability insurance applications for an expedited process. While most Social Security disability insurance claims take months, or even years, to process, Compassionate Allowances can be processed in a matter of days.
In the modern workplace, discrimination is much more subtle than its earlier forms. An illegal form of employment discrimination that Wisconsin women sometimes face today is pregnancy discrimination. These cases can be difficult to prove because employers will generally list a non-discriminatory business reason for firing or refusing to hire a pregnant woman.
There are many misconceptions about Social Security Disability benefits and how to get them. One of the most common misconceptions currently is that disability benefits are harder than ever to receive. This is simply not true.
Many Wisconsin employers are obligated by law to provide employees with 12-weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons. While people tend to associate the Family Medical Leave Act with maternity leave, it also applies to employees who have serious health conditions that make them unable to work, and to employees who must care for a very ill spouse or child.
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, employees and job applicants cannot be discriminated against on the basis of a disability or a perceived disability. A provision of the ADA also requires employers to keep confidential the medical information that they may obtain about their employees--this means that employers generally cannot share information about a workers' health or disability during a job reference call, for example.