Posts made in February, 2012


FMLA and Doctor’s Note


Posted By on Feb 28, 2012

Do I need my doctor’s records to take FMLA? If it’s an emergency, the answer is “no”, not a first. But, if the medical leave is planned (for a personal illness or injury, or that of an immediate family member, or the birth or adoption of a child) and is to be taken under the Family Medical Leave Act, then your medical records and some forms for your doctor to fill out are ordinarily required by an employer. If...

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Age discrimination at work


Posted By on Feb 22, 2012

What if I get laid off or fired at work and only younger employees are put in my job or kept on? Is that age discrimination? The answer is “maybe”. If you are 45 or older, have no work discipline or production problems and your “job duties” and position are kept by the employer, then it sounds like you were treated different based upon your age. Under the federal Civil Rights Act “age...

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Car Wreck: what’s due me on my car and what if it’s a total loss? You’re in an auto crash, it wasn’t your fault and your car is damaged or damaged so badly it’s a “total” loss. In an auto crash, a total loss means the cost of repair is more than about 40% of your car’s value before the wreck. In a car wreck, if your vehicle is NOT a total loss (can be driven and repaired) then: you can...

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Do I get my old job back when I return from Family Medical Leave (FMLA)? The answer is “yes”. If you qualify for Family Medical Leave (FMLA) [see previous blog entries], then the federal law allows you up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave. This leave can be taken all at once or in increments. When you return to that same employer, you are due your old job back (or an equivalent job) at the same rate of pay, seniority...

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What if my employer treats me different than coworkers on the job, then claims a legitimate reason for the poor treatment? Do I have a case of job discrimination? The answer is “maybe”. Federal law protects several categories or groups from disparate (wrongful) treatment in the work place. If you are harassed, discriminated against or fired due to your race, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, religion, ethnic background or...

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