Business briefs: Big Lots pays Bradenton employee following labor violation

January 8, 2014 

BRADENTON -- A Big Lots store in Bradenton paid a former employee $8,787 after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division that found the company violated the Family and Medical Leave Act.

The company terminated the worker's employment for absences that should have been protected as FMLA leave because the employee was taking time off to care for a seriously ill child.

"This outcome demonstrates the department's commitment to ensuring that employees are not retaliated against or prevented from exercising their FMLA rights," said James Schmidt, director of the Wage and Hour Division's Tampa District Office.

The investigation, conducted by the division's Tampa District Office, found Big Lots failed to properly provide the employee with required FMLA eligibility and designation notices. The firm disciplined the employee by writing her up for tardiness and absences. It ultimately fired her for violating the company's attendance policy, although the time off qualified for FMLA.

Big Lots agreed to maintain future compliance with the FMLA by changing its internal policy to appropriately screen leave eligible under the FMLA, which provides eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for their own or a family member's serious health condition and other specified family and medical reasons.

For more information about the FMLA or other federal labor laws visit www.dol.gov/whd.

Business Alliance offers executive briefing Jan. 22

LAKEWOOD RANCH -- The Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance is set to hold an Executive briefing from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Jan. 22 at Keiser University.

Shari and Doug Phillips of Dosh Management Inc. will present ways that directly impact business profitability and customer experience by simply making changes to day-to-day habits. Attendees will develop an organizational chart and learn how to delegate responsibilities. Shari and Doug share a passion in helping others define the life they want to live and then live it.

They work with business owners to identify opportunities to take their businesses to the next level.

The cost to attend is $15 for LWRBA members and $25 for non-members. The event is sponsored by Keiser University, 6151 Lake Osprey Drive. For information about LWRBA, membership and to register call 941-757-1664 or visit lwrba.org.

Business group to provide advice for entrepreneurs

BRADENTON -- The Fox Business Group LLC is sponsoring a three-week workshop on Finance for Entrepreneurs led by Ed Wilkins.

Wilkins will show how financial statements can be beneficial to business. The class is set to begin Jan. 14 at 1437 Tallevast Road in the Airport Commerce Park. It will take place from from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost of the course is $45.

For information and registration call 751-4289.

-- Herald staff reports

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