In our last post, we were talking about the Family and Medical Leave Act. As we said, the act ensures that an employee's job and health insurance are protected when the employee takes time off for what some call "a major life event." Here in Wisconsin we have our own FMLA, and it differs from the federal law in a few ways.
We are picking up the discussion from our Dec. 11 post about both the federal and the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Acts. While most people know that the FMLA exists, surprisingly few know what rights are protected. It is one of those laws that you don't really think about until you need to -- but when you need to, chances are you are stressed out about a family illness or your own upcoming surgery, and the FMLA is just one more thing to deal with.
Wisconsin's unemployment rate is lower than the national rate, but jobs are still hard to come by. It is all too common in a market like this for workers to do whatever they have to to hold onto that job, even without health care or disability benefits. In some cases, there's an unspoken promise of full-time employment: Prove yourself a valuable addition to the team, and you'll be at the top of the list when a full-time position opens up.