So, you’re off work with an injury and you get a call from the office to sign some FMLA paperwork ….
Getting that call is one of those things that should make the hairs on the back of your neck stand straight up.
Because they are greasing the skids to fire you, and the best way to protect your job is to get legal help.
Here’s why: FMLA was supposed to work to help employees deal with family and medical emergencies. It required the employer to keep the person’s job while they were off work without pay. If the person could not return after the FMLA period expired, the employer could go ahead and fill their job.
Keep in mind – the statute was intended to help an employee protect their job – but what they are planning to do is say that you did not return after your FMLA period and therefore they are justified in filling your job and denying you any other benefits after you are cleared to return to work.
Good for them, not good for you – and that is not what FMLA was supposed to do.
It’s a new tactic, and is one that employers are latching onto like a hungry dog with a meaty bone. If you get a call about FMLA from your employer, you can bet that they are pulling a page from that playbook.
The only way to effectively protect your job when you get cleared to go back to work is to get qualified legal help, because even if FMLA says that it is okay, the Worker’s Compensation Act says otherwise ….
If you have a current worker’s compensation issue which you need help on, please feel free to reach out to our office by calling us at 312-263-1080 to discuss your issues and what options you have. There is no obligation to hire our law firm, and there is no charge for the call.
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We are here to help truck drivers after an on-the-job accident. Knowledge is power, and the first step in protecting your rights is to know what they are.