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When To Tell Employers About Medical Issues

This past week has brought a conversation into light about when to tell your employee about a medical issue or concern. In this newsletter we are breaking down this difficult conversation.

 
WHEN WORKERS NEED TO TELL EMPLOYERS ABOUT THEIR ABSENCE

"Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s failure to disclose his recent hospitalization has triggered an uproar in Washington, D.C.—and in workplaces beyond the capital city. Experts said employees should be prepared to disclose basic information about their own hospitalizations, for their own protection.


“You can’t just go AWOL,” said Mark Neuberger, an employer attorney at Foley & Lardner in Miami. For most private employers, if an employee doesn’t show up to work for three days without contacting the organization, that’s considered quitting without notice, he said. In Austin’s case, the general underwent minimally invasive prostate cancer surgery Dec. 22 and was released from the hospital. He then was readmitted Jan. 1 due to complications and later transferred to the intensive care unit. He was released Jan. 15.


Neither President Joe Biden nor Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, who took over some of Austin’s responsibilities Jan. 2 while she was on vacation in Puerto Rico, were informed of Austin’s hospitalization until Jan. 4." Learn more


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