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How does the ADA protect Wisconsin employees?

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons with a disability have the right to work, just like any other American citizen. The law protects these individuals from being discriminated against in the workplace, both while they are working and before they even get hired. In addition, workers whose relatives are disabled may also be covered by the ADA.

SSDI Funds Could Run Out by Next Year

Social Security Disability Insurance, benefits are for those who have worked a job and paid enough taxes to Social Security in order to be eligible for benefits. Additionally, those receiving SSDI are no longer able to work, due to a medical condition that meets the standard definition of disability. These benefits usually last until the person in question is able to go back to work. However, new reports show that the funds for these benefits may be running out.

Qualifying for the Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act was designed to provide qualified employees with a way to take unpaid leave, for family or medical reasons, without the fear that they would lose their job. Though this is a fantastic program that benefits many workers in Wisconsin, it is important to learn the facts about the FMLA and discover if you are eligible to take part in this program if you were to find yourself in need.

Who is covered by federal whistle-blower laws?

A whistle-blower is defined as any individual that brings to light violations or illicit activity performed by an employer or organization. Whistle-blowers across the U.S. and Wisconsin are often subjected to scrutiny and retaliation after bringing their allegations to officials, which may lead the individual or group to seek legal advice. After reporting violations of federal regulations, it is important to know your rights and if you are protected under government whistle-blower laws.

Sorting through the facts to get to truth of whistleblower claim

Reports of an employee becoming a whistleblower without suffering adverse consequences have become much more common with the enactment of state and federal laws, such as the Whistleblower Protection Act, to protect them. Occasionally, though, the facts of a given situation can create a confusing set of circumstances in which an individual fired for creating a danger to public health might be a legitimate whistleblower.

Protecting you, and the government, from unscrupulous companies

“Other people’s money.” The phrase carries a subtle meaning, conveying the impression of some that when – especially in situations when those “other people” are the taxpayers of Wisconsin – it is acceptable to be wasteful or even corrupt in handling that money. The federal government deals with budgets and projects that amount to millions and billions of dollars, after all; given such massive scale, some companies that do business with the government cannot resist the temptation to engage in fiscal carelessness or even chicanery.

Fewer disabled Americans employed now than before passage of ADA

It has been a quarter of a century since the Americans with Abilities Act was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. One of the primary goals of the ADA was to improve employment opportunities for those considered to be disabled under the Act by requiring employers to make reasonable accommodations.

Social security disability insurance faces steep cuts

Millions of people across Wisconsin and the rest of the US depend on their social security disability check every month as their sole income, or at least the majority of it. This kind of social welfare has been a staple in America since it was introduced by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and it has faced its share of opposition. But, if nothing is done soon, the 11 million people who rely on the program could lose about 20 percent of their benefits.

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