Workplace Rights

Weekly (7/11/22)

Topic of the Week  Understanding Disability Leave

If you are permanently or temporarily disabled, or have a serious health condition, you may have rights when it comes to taking leave from your job. The Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act, along with some state laws, give you legal rights to disability leave if you are covered by one or more of these laws. Because of this, it's important to know which laws protect you, what rights you have to time off, and what to do if you think your rights are being violated.

1. What is the difference between bullying and harassment?

Bullying and harassment are sometimes used as synonyms and treated was words that mean the same thing. It is true that both words are similar and involve intentional actions or words that harm another person, it is also true that there is an important difference is the definitions. 

When bullying is directed as a specific type of person or a protected class of people, then it is called harassment. Additionally, there also some violent acts of bullying that qualify as criminal harassment.

2. How can an employer protect employees from bullying in the workplace?

To discourage and eliminate bullying, it is necessary that direction comes from the top. The most effective strategy employers can pursue is to treat bullying as though it is already illegal. Create a workplace culture wherein bullying is not tolerated. 

Thought of the Week

"The past few years have also elevated the voices of employees with disabilities. The reverberation from the disability community has been loud and demanding — especially on the topic of hybrid and remote work."

–Meg O'Connell, Forbes

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    Did you know:

    • 19.1 percent of people with at least one disability were employed in 2021
    • 10.1% is the unemployment rate among those with a disability
    • 5.1% is the unemployment rate among those without a disability



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