an update for the week of november 7, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Goliath is Reeling: Not a Good Time to Be Wal-Mart: The retail juggernaut known as Wal-Mart is not having a very easy time of it these days. Reeling from the release of some very damaging internal memos, and gearing up to combat a new documentary that chronicles Wal-Mart's role in bringing down wages and working conditions, the company has been forced to establish a PR war room. Is it really just because they're the biggest that everyone is aiming to bring them down? Or are they really just worse than everyone else? With all of the new information that is being disclosed this month, it will be up to the American people to vote with their holiday shopping dollars.
this week in the courts
Jones v. Denver Pub. Sch.  (Tenth Circuit; No. 04-1447)
Decision Date: November 3, 2005
The district court's grant of summary judgment against plaintiff in his claim alleging employer interference with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), is affirmed where plaintiff's period of incapacity involved only a single treatment, and he was therefore not entitled to FMLA leave.

Brumbalough v. Camelot Care Ctrs., Inc.  (Sixth Circuit; No. 04-5543)
Decision Date: November 2, 2005
Under the FMLA, an employee's fitness for duty certification need only be a simple statement of an employee?s ability to return to work; the grant of summary judgment for defendant is reversed and remanded for further fact finding.
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