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February 2014 Archives

Court says Family and Medical Leave Act is not automatic

The phone rings, and it is a family member expressing the need for one to come home to help take care of an ailing parent. Or perhaps, the individual is ill and requires time away from work. Regardless of what type of situation a Wisconsin employee may find himself in, a court has recently stated that benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act are not automatic. They must be formally requested.

Wisconsin reasonable accommodation dispute ends in settlement

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires employers to make accommodations, if requested, for workers who suffer from mental or physical disabilities. In situations that involve a disability, the employer and worker generally work out a reasonable accommodation that allows the employee to perform his or her job duties. In a recent case here in Wisconsin, a former Juneau County deputy agreed to a settlement with the county after he claimed that his workplace failed to make accommodations for his epilepsy.

Whistleblower assists in $614 million fine under False Claims Act

A co-worker falsifies expenditures receipts. A large corporation fails to honor the terms of its contract. Whatever the issue, the person who often brings the problem to light is typically known as a whistleblower. Most often, the issues he or she sheds light on are violations under the False Claims Act. It is possible that many Wisconsin residents have been affected by a recent issue that has come to light in this area.

Jury awards $873,000 in long-term disability benefits suit

Many Wisconsin employers offer long-term disability benefits to their employees as a part of their benefits package. While not everyone recognizes the advantage of such a plan, when an individual becomes sick or disabled, this type of benefit plan can be quite beneficial. Recently, a worker in another state was awarded a substantial amount as a result of her long-term disability benefits claim being denied by the insurance carrier.

Retaliation against whistleblower common complaint nationwide

The term "whistleblower" elicits varying reactions from different people. Some individuals applaud a whistleblower for speaking up about an injustice he or she may have witnessed at an organization. However, others view the person as a betrayer. Either way, this individual legally cannot be punished for uncovering unfavorable information about a company; however, this situation is common nationwide, and when it occurs, the mistreated employee has the right to seek legal recourse by filing a claim against the employer in Wisconsin.

More ailments covered by Wisconsin Social Security disability

People who receive Social Security disability in Wisconsin sometimes are stigmatized as trying to receive "easy" money when they may not necessarily need it. However, the reality is that many individuals in Wisconsin truly rely on SSDI because, when it comes to making a living, they are out of options due to a serious physical or mental disorder. About 200 health conditions have historically been treated with more urgency by the government program when it makes Social Security disability eligibility decisions, but 25 more conditions recently were added to this list.

Whistleblower reveals truth about state university

From a young age, people learn that being a "tattletale" is a negative thing. When they get older and witness illegal activity at the job site, they often maintain this mentality for fear of being ridiculed or even fired from the job. However, when a person allows his or her moral convictions to outweigh the reservations he or she feels about speaking up, the person may end up being a whistleblower, and his or her employer may choose to retaliate against this individual. A Wisconsin worker who has been victimized in such a way reserves the right to file a claim against the employer.

Social Security disability may help people return to work

Upon finding out from a doctor that one can no longer perform his or her favorite job, a person can easily feel lost. He or she may feel frustrated that a mental problem or medical illness is keeping him or her from being able to care for a spouse or children. However, even though this individual will no longer be getting a check from an employer, Social Security disability benefits in Wisconsin can still help that person make ends meet. However, even when recipients are no longer eligible for benefits, some may still be able to return to work to earn a living.

Social Security and long-term disability in Wisconsin

The month of February has been designated as American Heart Month. It is a time when American's are encouraged to think about heart disease and what can be done to prevent it. Indeed, over 700,000 people suffer from a heart attack in the United States every year. Approximately 600,000 people die of heart disease. Furthermore, in Wisconsin countless hard-working Americans are forced into long-term disability situations as a result of heart issues.

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