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The North Carolina Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act outlaws discharging employees for filing workers’ compensation claims. It’s a protected activity. Equally illegal: Jumping the gun by firing employees before they actually fill out the workers’ compensation paperwork.
Q. While on unpaid leave, one of our employees applied for and was granted workers’ compensation. This person has not expressed any interest in returning to work. We think she may even be working somewhere else. Can we terminate her?
Q. We’ve heard in the news about the recently enacted Indiana right-to-work law. Could it have an effect on Illinois employers?