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Q. We need more employees to cover evening hours, and we’re not getting many volunteers. Now that we’ve decided to rotate everyone into the evening shifts, I am hearing that we have to add a “shift differential” to those who work nights. Is this true?
Employees who must miss work because of religious restrictions are entitled to reasonable accommodations. While employers must look for sensible solutions, that doesn’t mean they have to redesign their workforce, buy additional equipment or otherwise change the way they do business if it would be too expensive or cumbersome.
Charlotte-based Bank of America has started curtailing its popular work-from-home program called “My Work”. Employee usage has risen steadily over the years, but now Bank of America is cutting back as part of a larger cost-cutting move called Project New BAC.
Generally, simply calling in sick doesn’t trigger an employer’s obligations to offer FMLA leave. But what if the employee was very specific about his medical condition when he first called in and clearly was eligible for FMLA leave for that first absence? Does he have to be equally specific later?