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Employment Law Blog Posts

DETERMINING THE AMOUNT OF FMLA LEAVE AVAILABLE TO YOU

June 13, 2012
by Danielle Schroder

Most employees are aware that they have protections under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to take leave from work under certain circumstances. Acceptable reasons include treatment of your own serious health condition or to care for a family member with a serious health condition. This post provides information as to the qualifying conditions necessary to receive FMLA leave and the... more->>

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WORKPLACE BULLYING

May 21, 2012
by Summer Murshid

Workplace bullying, or psychological harassment, is destructive behavior in the form of repeated unreasonable actions, verbal conduct, or gestures that are hostile and unwanted. Workplace bullying can affect an employee’s psychological health and make the work environment harmful. It can happen between co-workers or between persons in positions of authority against their subordinates. Workplace ... more->>

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REQUESTING REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE INTERACTIVE PROCESS

May 18, 2012
by Summer Murshid

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) allows individuals with qualified disabilities to request reasonable accommodations from their employers. When an employee requests an accommodation, the employer is obligated to enter into the “interactive process” with the employee to try and determine what, if any, accommodation can be made. The interactive process is supposed to be an informal ... more->>

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PARSONS & ZOELLER TO SPEAK AT HEALTH AND EMPLOYMENT LAW CONFERENCE

May 02, 2012

Attorneys William Parsons and David Zoeller will be speaking at the Health Law and Labor & Employment Law Institute on Thursday August 23, 2012. Attorneys Parsons and Zoeller will be discussing hot topics in FLSA litigation with an emphasis on how those topics impact employees in the health services field.... more->>

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FREE LEGAL EDUCATION SEMINAR AVAILABLE TO EMPLOYEES WITH CRIMINAL BACKGROUNDS

April 25, 2012

On Monday, April 30, 2012, Attorneys Colin Good and Danielle Schroder will be presenting on Criminal Records and Employment. The presentation will be held at the Catholic Multicultural Center, 1862 Beld Street, Madison. Attorney Good will discuss discrimination based on arrest and conviction records, and Attorney Schroder will describe federal law protecting individuals against unauthorized ... more->>

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SELF-CARE RIGHT UNDER FEDERAL FMLA REDUCED IN RECENT U.S. SUPREME COURT DECISION

April 18, 2012
by Jeffrey Sweetland

The assault on state employees continues unabated. This time the blow was delivered by the U. S. Supreme Court. In a 5-4 decision issued March 20, 2012, in Coleman v. Maryland Court of Appeals, the Reagan-Bush-Bush wing of the Court ruled that state government employees cannot sue over violations of their self-care rights under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).The federal FMLA ... more->>

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VACATION, HOLIDAY, AND SICK PAY MYTHS REVEALED

April 06, 2012
by Summer Murshid

Myth: The law requires that my employer provide paid time off for vacation.FACT: Federal law does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations. These benefits are generally a matter of agreement between an employer and an employee.Similarly, Wisconsin employers are not required to grant vacations to their workers, whether with pay or without. Such matters are determined entirely by ... more->>

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KEY COMPONENTS TO SEVERANCE AGREEMENTS, FROM AN EMPLOYEE’S PERSPECTIVE

March 26, 2012
by Katherine Charlton

Hawks Quindel attorneys frequently advise clients about the terms of a severance or separation agreement. When an employer wants to end the employment of an employee, typically in middle or upper management, they may offer that employee a severance or separation package that includes financial considerations that the employer is not otherwise contractually obligated to pay to the employee, but ... more->>

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NLRB POSTING WILL RAISE AWARENESS OF WORKERS’ RIGHTS

March 12, 2012
by Barbara Zack Quindel

Last August, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) passed a rule requiring employers to post a notice explaining workers’ rights under federal law to act together to improve their wages and working conditions without being subject to discipline by their employer. The posting developed by the NLRB explains, for example, that employees have a right to:· Form, join or assist a union.· Discuss ... more->>

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I’VE BEEN FIRED!

February 27, 2012
by Summer Murshid

Losing a job, whether you expect it or not, is extremely stressful. Meeting with a lawyer can help you sort out whether you have legal claims arising from the termination. In Wisconsin, unless you are a member of a union that has a collective bargaining agreement that covers or is with your employer, or unless you have an individual contract of employment, employment is said to be “at will.” ... more->>

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