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Family and Medical Leave Act Archives

Emojis can be evidence in workplace discrimination complaints

A great number of Wisconsin employers engage in electronic communication with their employees. Emails and text messages are convenient and can provide documentation of past communications if it needed in the future. Oftentimes, people use emojis in their digital messages to save time, get laughs or communicate their thoughts more accurately. Although these tiny pictures are fun to use, they can cause big legal problems if an employee files a complaint.

Does Wisconsin law differ from federal Family Medical Leave Act?

Workers in Wisconsin should be aware they are protected by both state and federal laws pertaining to medical leave. There are, however, differences between the two statutes when it comes to eligibility and the amount of leave that may be taken.

Discrimination for taking family leave

Not one person in Wisconsin goes through their entire life without having to take leave from their place of employment for various reasons. This could include a personal medical issue or another situation relating to a close family member or child. When the time comes for you to ask your employer for leave, you might be intimidated by the fear of resentment from your employer because you needed to be away from work. Discrimination for taking leave is all too common, but your right to care for yourself and your family is protected through the Family and Medical Leave Act.

You are protected against pregnancy discrimination

Many pregnant women in Wisconsin have walked into a job interview or held out hope for a big promotion only to be turned away due to their pregnancy related medical conditions. It is important that women are aware that they are protected against discrimination thanks to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Your rights as adoptive parents

When a couple gives birth to a biological baby, it is normal for one or both of the parents to take at least a few weeks of leave to build a bond, heal from labor and nurture their new addition. This right is protected under the Family Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to allow parents to take unpaid leave, at minimum.

What is pregnancy discrimination?

Many Wisconsin women who become pregnant find themselves the victim of discrimination in the workplace. This can be due to the pregnancy itself, becoming a new mother or a medical condition that is related to the pregnancy. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects expectant mothers from unfair treatment when applying for a job or continuing work.

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.

How federal and state family and medical leave laws work together

The United States government has specific extended leave statutes in place, called the Family and Medical Leave Act, to protect workers across the nation. State laws cannot detract from this legislation, but they can provide additional benefits. If a state or federal law is weaker than the other, the stronger one must be followed. Wisconsin has its own laws that provide leave in a number of circumstances for employees across the state.

Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act works, so why repeal it?

The need to protect Wisconsin workers attempting to balance family responsibility with jobs and careers is the reason why the state enacted its Family Medical Leave Act in 1988. The law prevents worker discrimination for taking family leave or medical leave.

Protecting your rights: do you know what you don't know?

If we step back and look at employer-employee relationships in Wisconsin for the past century, the obvious good news is that through a combination of federal and state legislation passed over the years, as an employee you have more rights and more protections today than ever before. But sometimes this progress can be more than a little confusing. You now have a plethora of statutory and regulatory protections that range from protecting you against discrimination in hiring, to ensuring that you have a safe place to work and are not subject to discrimination on the job, to rights that are available when you have changed family circumstances, and rights against being terminated unfairly.

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