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Requests for Unpaid Medical Leaves Should Be Stamped, 'Handle With Care'

January 22, 2013
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If you are granting a leave to an employee as an accommodation, your best defense to a potential Americans with Disabilities Act claim is to have an open dialogue with the employee about a return date, and prepare to be flexible (to a point). Then, when the employee asks for “one more extension” to his or her leave of absence, no one will fault you as an unreasonable ogre if you decline.
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Dillard's to Pay $2 Million to Settle Class Action Disability Bias Lawsuit

December 19, 2012
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The settlement resolves a 2008 lawsuit filed against the Little Rock, Arkansas-based retailer for allegedly using a longstanding national policy and practice of requiring all employees to disclose personal and confidential medical information to obtain sick leave, the EEOC said in a statement Dec. 18.
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Study: Disability Claims After Intermittent FMLA Indicate That Caregivers Are Finding It Hard to Cope

August 17, 2012
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New data from Reed Group show that employees who go on Family and Medical Leave Act and then return to work are three times more likely to need additional time off – for themselves.
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Four Times More Public Waste Workers Get Hurt, Sick Than Private

August 15, 2012
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An average of 4,017 public collection workers missed at least one day of work annually between 2008 and 2010. That compares with an annual average of 1,070 collection workers in the private sector.
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'Honest Suspicion' of FMLA Abuse is Justification for Firing: Court

August 9, 2012
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The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said in its ruling in Daryl Scruggs vs. Carrier Corp., that inconsistent documentation provided by Scruggs was enough to justify his termination.
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Cop Who Shot, Killed Suspect Ineligible for Workers' Comp

July 13, 2012
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Brandon Bentley was treated for anxiety and depression after the shooting, and a psychiatrist and psychologist deemed him unable to work. He filed for workers' comp benefits in March 2010.
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Lactation Discrimination Is not Sex Discrimination: Judge

February 10, 2012
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The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 amends Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to say discrimination on the basis of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions constitutes unlawful sex discrimination under Title VII, according to the EEOC.
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Amendments to FMLA's Military Leave Provisions Proposed

February 1, 2012
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The Labor Department said the proposal released Jan. 30 implements amendments to the military leave provisions of the FMLA made by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010.
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Designer Can Sue Firm for Tapping Social Media Accounts While She was Injured

December 19, 2011
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The woman alleges the accounts were accessed while she was recovering from a brain injury she sustained after being hit by a car while running an errand for work.
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Ailing Economy Hurts Return-to-Work Efforts for Injured Employees: Analysis

December 1, 2011
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The Workers Compensation Research Institute studied workers' compensation procedures and outcomes in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which were deemed to have faster and higher return-to-work rates than other states.
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