Federal Judge Dismisses Injured Postal Worker’s Claim

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By Trevor Aaronson – February 27, 2015 A federal judge in New York threw out a lawsuit on Feb. 26 filed by an injured U.S. Postal Service worker from Orlando who became seriously ill after handling a package that was leaking a noxious chemical. Jeffrey A. Lill, who worked at the Orlando mail sorting facility,…

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Judge orders Postal Service to pay $230,000 in damages to whistleblower

The Associated Press – February 26, 2015 SEATTLE: A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Postal Service to pay a worker almost $230,000 in damages for the retaliation he suffered when he helped a co-worker with her workplace health concerns. The worker had started with the Postal Service as a mail carrier in 1995 and…

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Rules differ regarding second opinions on fitness-for-duty certifications

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Employers may require fitness-for-duty certifications in a variety of circumstances, including employees returning from leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and determining the existence of disabilities or the need for reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The availability of a second opinion on a fitness-for-duty certification depends on which…

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If you think walking in Boston is bad, try delivering mail there

February 14, 2015 BOSTON — Tejal Patel has been delivering mail for the United States Postal Service in Boston for 13 years, but she can’t recall a time when the snow made her job as frustrating as it has been on Saturday ahead of yet another blizzard. The month is only half over, but Boston…

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The Alarming, Long-Term Consequences of Workplace Stress

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Health problems associated with job-related anxiety account for more deaths each year than Alzheimer’s disease or diabetes. By Gillian B. White – February 13, 2015 By many accounts, America’s workers are both overworked and overwhelmed: Work days bleed into personal time, and some complain about the inability to control, or even plan for their constantly…

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