August 2016 Archives

Notice of an Employee's Rights under FMLA Must Include Job Protection Rights

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit highlights the importance of proper notice to employees of their rights and responsibilities under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). (Vannoy v. Fed. Reserve Bank of Richmond, 4th Cir., No. 14-2375 (6/28/16)). In that case, the plaintiff, who suffered from major depression and alcohol dependency, sought medical leave from his employer under the FMLA to attend an in-patient treatment program. While the employer granted the leave, its notice to the plaintiff of his rights and responsibilities lacked a critical component: information concerning job protection rights.

Employers Must Deligently Investigate Reports of Employee Misconduct

Imagine you receive an email from a customer stating that one of your employees engaged in serious misconduct. However, it's not clear from the email whether the customer is merely disgruntled at your company's service, or if your employee indeed engaged in wrongdoing. Your first instinct would be to open your investigation by asking the employee about the customer's email. This is a good start, especially because the email is vague and lacks details, but you cannot end there. The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently reminded employers that they often must go one step further by asking the complaining customer for more details, especially in cases where the allegations are vague or unclear. 

Contact Our Firm And Schedule A Consultation

Work with our experienced team of lawyers. Call 866-353-3310 or email us today to schedule a consultation.

View Office Locations

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close
Email Us For A Response

Rhode Island
Northwoods Office Park
1301 Atwood Ave.
Suite 215 N
Johnston, RI 02919

Toll Free: 866-353-3310
Phone: 401-824-5100
Fax: 401-824-5123
Map & Directions

Wells Fargo Plaza
925 South Federal Highway
Suite 715
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Phone: 561-362-2030
Fax: 866-353-5020
Map & Directions

777 South Flagler Drive
Suite 800 - West Tower
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Phone: 561-362-2030
Fax: 866-353-5020
Map & Directions

Massachusetts
75 Arlington Street
Suite 500
Boston, MA 02116

Toll Free: 866-353-3310
Fax: 866-353-5020
Map & Directions

901 Main Street
Suite O
Osterville, MA 02655

Phone: 508-420-7159
Fax: 508-420-7162
Map & Directions

GPS Directions to this office: 555 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02908