Blog Posts in March, 2015

Does FMLA Require a Doctor's Note?

The Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees eligible employees at least 12 weeks of leave from work, in the event of a serious illness. Leave is also allowed if an immediate family member of an ...
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How Well Does the WPA Protect Federal Employees?

It seems only fair that the government should provide protection for individuals who report illegal conduct, especially when there is a public interest in doing so. Indeed, that is the purpose of the ...
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Should Employers Provide Protection Against Domestic Violence in the Workplace?

From a premises liability perspective, an employer would be responsible for the welfare of its employees to a certain degree, and would owe certain duties to those employees, while they worked on the ...
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Public Policy Exceptions to the Employment-At-Will Doctrine in Alabama

The well-known, but often despised, "employment-at-will doctrine" means that, without a written employment contract, employees can be terminated for any reason, or no reason at all. ...
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FMLA Leave Allowed after Daughter's Sexual Assault

There may be nothing more traumatic than the sexual assault of your child. Certainly, such a horrific incident would have emotional, and possibly physical, effects on the parents as well as the child. ...
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Can an Employer Violate the Terms of Its Handbook?

Most employees see their employee handbook as a list of rules they need to follow. The purpose of the handbook is to set out your employer's expectations and describe what the employee should ...
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Can My Employer Force Me to Work Overtime?

You just finished working your shift and your supervisor pulls you aside and says you need to stay on for another four hours to cover part of a co-worker's shift. Although you may get paid to work ...
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Employee Told "Don't Die at the Desk" Brings FMLA and ADA Claims

If you just returned from work after having open heart surgery, you would not expect your supervisor to tell you, "don't die at the desk." This comment is insensitive, to say the least. ...
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AutoZone Hit with $185 Million Verdict in Gender and Pregnancy Discrimination Case

One former AutoZone employee has been vindicated in a big way, after filing suit for gender and pregnancy discrimination. After being awarded $872,719 for lost earnings and emotional distress, the ...
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