Requesting an Accommodation

Who qualifies for a Reasonable Accommodation? In order to be entitled to an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), you must work for an employer with 15 or more employees (or a state or local government), you must be a person with a disability as defined in the ADA, and you must need … more »

Crossroads of the FMLA, the ADA, and Workers’ Compensation

Whether or not your job is protected when you are hurt on the job can be confusing.  If you get hurt on the job in Indiana, you very well may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.  Workers’ compensation is an accident insurance program paid by employers that provides employees who get hurt at work with … more »

Pumping at Work – Know your Rights

August was Breastfeeding Awareness Month and a good time to consider breastfeeding mothers’ right to pump at work.  Up until 2010, there was no federal law requiring employers to provide pumping accommodations for breastfeeding employees.  The Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” requires employers to allow women to pump breast milk while they are … more »

Are You a “Key Employee” Under the FMLA?

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), eligible employees are entitled to take up to 12 weeks of protected leave every year to attend to certain medical and family matters and up to 26 weeks to care for a family member injured during military service.  FMLA eligibility requires the following criteria: The employee must have … more »

Is Jim Crow Rearing His Ugly Head Again?

The Case The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals – the federal appellate court for Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin and one of the country’s thirteen federal appellate courts – has decided that an employer may segregate its employees based upon their race so long as there is not sufficient harm associated with the segregation, such as … more »