an update for the week of october 4, 2004
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today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Got Health Insurance? You Don't Know How Good You Got It: If you have health insurance provided by your employer, you can consider yourself among the lucky, because there are over eighty-five million Americans who went without insurance in the last two years. Workers used to be able to take for granted that health insurance coverage would come with a full time position, but that assumption is fading, as employers also attempt to cope with spiraling health care costs. Even those workers who still have health coverage are finding that it is costing them more: higher employee contributions, deductibles, and co-pays all net workers less coverage than ever before. Quite simply, workers who can are paying more and getting less. Workers who can't pay must go without, with the devastating personal and societal consequences that can entail.
this week in the courts
Fanslow v. Chicago Mfg. Cent., Inc.  (Seventh Circuit; 03-2111 )
Decision Date: September 20, 2004
In a suit alleging violations of the whistle-blower protections of the False Claims Act, summary judgment in favor of defendant-employer is reversed where the evidence was insufficient to prove that defendant had a legitimate reason for firing plaintiff.
Hoge v. Honda of America Mfg.  (Sixth Circuit; No. 03-3452, 03-3477)
Decision Date: September 16, 2004
Under the Family Medical Leave Act, if an employee returning from sick leave can perform the essential function of his previous or an equivalent position, the right to restoration is triggered on the employee's timely return from leave.
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