Employees with “serious health conditions” can take. But when does that serious condition take effect for employees who need alcohol treatment? Is it when the employee first contacts a doctor to get a referral for in-patient treatment … or is it at the time of check-in? Can you fire an employee for prior to going in to rehab? One court ruling last week says you can:
Case in Point: An Indiana food company had a point-based absence system that called for termination after workers accumulate 32 points. The company didn’t count absences related toleave.
Krzysztof Chalimoniuk, a baker at the company for 15 years, had wrested with alcoholism for some time. One Friday, he went on a major binge. He failed to appear at work for the next three days, which pushed him over the 32-points limit.
Over that binging weekend, Chalimoniuk’s wife realized he was relapsing and contacted a...(register to read more)