Gov. Walker Announces Plan To Drug Test Unemployment Applicants

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Employee Rights News, Unemployment Insurance Benefits

Earlier this week Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced a “workforce readiness plan” which will be included in the budget proposal scheduled to be unveiled on February 3, 2015.  Apparently, the plan will include the requirement that applicants for unemployment insurance benefits undergo drug testing to be entitled to benefits.  There seems to be some indication that not all applicants for …

Strict Leave Policies May Violate the Americans With Disabilities Act

Douglas J. Carroll, Jr. Disability Discrimination

On November 4, 2014, the EEOC announced that it reached a settlement of a disability discrimination in employment suit it filed against a Chicago marshmallow manufacturer.  The employer agreed to pay 5 employees a total of $85,000 but most importantly agreed to change its leave policies.  The basis of the lawsuit was that the employer’s strict leave policy which capped …