Voices: In The Trenches

In the Trenches follows Acme, a hypothetical company, as it struggles to resolve HR issues and other workplace problem.

In the Trenches: Are you truly irreplaceable on the job?

In this edition of In the Trenches, pressure to work may have interfered with an employee's FMLA rights.

Apr 9, 2015

Connie Klutz broke her leg getting out of bed one morning. An ever-conscientious manager in Acme’s marketing department, Connie called her office on the way to the hospital, gritting her teeth in pain, to instruct her assistant, Helga Helper, on what needed to be done that day in her absence. It was not a good time to break a leg: Acme was scheduled to launch “The Flubulator,” a promising new product, at a trade show a mere six weeks away. The next day, still groggy from surgery to reset several bones, Connie called Bill Branding, Acme’s head of marketing, from her hospital bed to break the news: She was going to need several weeks of leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) to recuperate.

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