I’m Quitting, Where’s My Severance?

By Bill Wright An employer and its Severance Plan just defended the discretion and authority under the Plan to distinguish quitting from getting fired. Reddinger et al. v. SENA Severance Plan et al., Nos. 10-2361 & 2362 (7th Cir. February 19, 2013). A paper mill planned to close in May. Eligible employees were told they […]

Does Granting Leave Violate FMLA?

By Vance Knapp In James v. Hyatt Regency, Case No. 12-1511 (7th Cir. Feb. 13, 2013), the plaintiff argued that his current employer violated the FMLA because it did not promptly reinstate him to return to work. The plaintiff submitted five doctor’s notes to Hyatt, which he characterized as “physician releases.” However, only one of […]