Top 5 Mistakes in Handling Medical Issues in the Workplace
Employers are frustrated with the number of employees getting sick, taking leave, and filing workers comp claims. They want to know what their responsibilities are but at the same time they want to know whether they can discipline and/or replace sick employees. Unfortunately, companies often make mistakes in deciding whether and when to offer leave or some other accommodation, how family leave laws work, and whether to discipline or terminate an employee for absences caused by illness. This is not surprising, as the interaction between disability, pregnancy, workers’ comp and family leave laws is complex. This article overviews the most common mistakes employers make when addressing illness in the workplace.