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July 2014 Archives

Eligible employees entitled to leave under federal and state laws

According to the United States Department of Labor, employees in Wisconsin are offered certain amounts family and medical leave under both state and federal law. These guidelines provide protection for workers who meet the eligibility standards, which is based on the amount of time that the employee has spent working for the employer and the size of the employer, which is defined by the number of workers that it employs.

Wisconsin county has issues with FMLA administration

Records for Milwaukee County indicate that approximately 20 percent of its employees used the Family Medical Leave Act to take time off during 2013. The law enables employees to take unpaid leave for issues such as the birth or adoption of a child or caring for an ill family member without negative job consequences. While this ensures job protection for the individual who needs extended time off for such reasons, his or her employer may have trouble with filling the position during the absence.

New laws protect employees from prying employers

Currently, 17 states have laws regarding what an employer can see on an employee's social media page by banning employers from asking for their employees' passwords and login information. Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Louisiana passed employee rights legislation of this nature in 2014. Additionally, Maine lawmakers voted that the restrictions should be studied. More than 20 other states are considering similar legislation.

Overview of Social Security disability benefits

Social Security disability provides benefits to people in Wisconsin and across the nation if they suffer a serious impairment that keeps them from working. Statistics show that about one-third of people will either die or need disability benefits before they can take advantage of full retirement at age 67. Benefits average about $1,140 each month, but that income can make a huge difference for the recipient. About 80 percent of beneficiaries report they rely heavily on that money each month; for some, it is their only income. Benefits vary depending on how much the person previously contributed to the system.

Schedule change and rush-hour traffic at issue in employee's suit

Wisconsin residents who are stressed by traffic may sympathize with a New Jersey woman who has filed a lawsuit against a former employer. In the disability discrimination case, she alleges that her wrongful termination was due to her inability to drive in rush-hour settings. It is reported that the woman took time off for medical issues in 2012 as she suffered from anxiety and depression. The suit indicates that these issues are aggravated by crowded roadways.

Veterans die as VA covers up long waits

Wisconsin veterans might have heard that records regarding deceased veterans have been changed or physically altered before and after the media revealed the Veterans Affairs scandal. Numerous whistleblowers have alleged serious allegations against the VA, including assertions that it attempted to cover up the number of people who have died while waiting for care.

The benefits and drawbacks of long-term disability insurance

Wisconsin employees may be interested in an article discussing some of the characteristics of long-term disability insurance. While this type of insurance is very beneficial to employees should they be unable to work, there may be difficulty in getting the insurance company to approve the claim.

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