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February 2015 Archives

The benefits of long-term disability insurance

As some Wisconsin workers may know, long-term disability insurance is useful as a way to support themselves and their family if they are unable to work. Due to economic changes and the introduction of new health care laws, many employers no longer pay for coverage. In addition, LTD insurance benefits are limited to 60 percent of one's monthly salary, and an employee-paid supplement may help. Generally, such riders are inexpensive, and it may be possible to obtain one through one's employer.

Legal assistance with long-term disability claims

Being faced with the inability to work can be stressful for a Wisconsin employee. As your health is affected because of a disabling condition, it is important to address the challenges that could result. Being unable to continue to work can be an extreme financial issue, but disability insurance is meant to counter this by providing an income. Unfortunately, you may find that an insurer is unwilling to honor its policy.

Assessing employment contracts in Wisconsin

Employees in Wisconsin might benefit from learning more about which factors to consider before finalizing an employment contract. Applicants are advised to learn more about employment law, reread the terms carefully and enlist the services of a lawyer to review the appropriate documentation. Employees may need to consider what transpires if the company or employer is sold. Many times, the terms of the employment contract may be voidable if they are challenged.

Motion approved in whistleblower settlement

Employees in Wisconsin may benefit from understanding more about the settlement reached between Southwest Airlines and a whistleblower mechanic. The employee claims he was disciplined for reporting cracks he discovered in a Boeing 737-700's fuselage, and filed a lawsuit for whistleblower protections established by the AIR-21 statute. On Jan. 8, a settlement was approved by a Department of Labor Administrative Judge who granted the summary judgment motion filed by the mechanic, and dismissed the airline's motion.

Family and Medical Leave Act and workplace discrimination

The Family and Medical Leave Act is the first and only federal law that addresses the balance between jobs and family that workers in Wisconsin and across the U.S. must maintain. The 12 weeks of unpaid leave guaranteed by the act has been used more than 200 million times since being passed. Reasons for taking leave vary, including recovering from a serious illness, caring for a loved one who is ill or receiving maternity or paternity leave.

Retaliation against whistleblowers illegal

As some Wisconsin workers have found, employees who see and report unsafe conditions or activities might find that negative actions have been taken against them by an employer. If this happens, the employee may have the ability to file a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Truck driver wins alcohol disability suit against employer

Wisconsin truck drivers might be interested in a case in which Old Dominion Freight Line was found guilty of violating the American with Disabilities Act and ordered to pay one of its former drivers more than $100,000 in back pay. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the company on behalf of the employee after the driver was dismissed when he sought help for an alcohol problem in 2009. Under the Americans with Disability Act, alcoholism is considered a disability. Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.

Whistleblowing and the False Claims Act

Wisconsin workers may be familiar with the term "whistleblower," which refers to a person who blows the whistle on an employer who is engaged in illegal activity. One type of whistleblower action that an employee may bring against an employer is a qui tam action. Qui tam actions are lawsuits alleging that the government has suffered harm at the hands of an individual or a corporation that filed false claims. The False Claims Act, a federal law, incentivizes individuals to alert the government of such illegal conduct by offering individuals a percentage of any award that results from the lawsuit being successfully prosecuted.

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