Organ Donors Qualify for Leave under the FMLA

This post has nothing to do with workers’ compensation. It has to do with FMLA leave, which is another hat some readers of this blog wear as well.  I’m sure you’ve all heard over and over again about the “Bermuda Triangle” of Workers’ Comp/ADA/FMLA so I won’t belabor that point.  Suffice it to say that … Continue reading Organ Donors Qualify for Leave under the FMLA

Retaliatory Discharge-Is It Really a Big Deal?

Ok, I’ll admit, that by-line sounds kind of dumb. Of course it is, certainly to the employee who has been terminated.  However, a recent case made me think about whether the specter of a retaliatory discharge action should keep my clients from terminating (or taking other disciplinary action against) an employee who should legitimately be … Continue reading Retaliatory Discharge-Is It Really a Big Deal?

Three Examples of How Employer-Sponsored Medical Examinations Can Get You in Trouble

Following time off to recover from a work-related injury (or from a non-work related medical condition) many employers require a fitness for duty examination before allowing employees to return to their former positions of employment. There are many good reasons for having such a policy. However, as we’ve discussed before, employers need to be mindful … Continue reading Three Examples of How Employer-Sponsored Medical Examinations Can Get You in Trouble

Why You Need To Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claims Using More Than an SI-42

First, a disclaimer.  The first case I'm about to discuss is from California.  Fortunately (from a defense attorney's perspective at least) I don't practice in California.  I get the impression that a California employee can have a cause of action (and apparently even a workers' compensation claim) for their boss looking at them the wrong way. However, when … Continue reading Why You Need To Settle Your Workers’ Compensation Claims Using More Than an SI-42