Family leave rights rigidly enforced
Maintenance Department Stockroom Attendant Mary Kaufman took a leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for her mother who had been released from the hospital following a heart attack.
Maintenance Department Stockroom Attendant Mary Kaufman took a leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to care for her mother who had been released from the hospital following a heart attack. Her mother's condition was touch-and-go for a while, but after 11 wk, she contracted pneumonia and died.
Maintenance Supervisor Jack Chester got the news from one of Mary's coworkers. He called her and expressed regrets about her mother's passing. Then he asked when she planned to return to work.
Mary hesitated. "I haven't given that much thought yet. I imagine I'll be out another couple of weeks at least. It will take that long to wind up my mother's affairs."
Question: In the supervisor's place, what reply would you make?
Chester's response: Mary was a good and loyal employee who had been through a rough time. Chester felt obligated to give her a bit of advice. "You're on FMLA leave, Mary. Do you know that under the Act, this is limited to 12 wk? If you exceed this time, it could violate the legally defined and seriously affect your eligibility."
"Oh, I never thought about that. Thanks so much for tipping me off. I'll make sure to get back before the 12 wk are up.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey