Workplace

Government requires leave policy changes at T.G.I. Friday’s

Updated: 2013-08-08T04:43:18Z

By DIANE STAFFORD

The Kansas City Star

T.G.I. Friday’s has agreed to correct a leave policy for employees at its 272 company-owned restaurants.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division said Wednesday that an investigation at a company restaurant in Shreveport, La., turned up policy violations of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

The Labor Department said the company had failed to reinstate an employee, after a legal leave under the act, to the same or an equivalent position, including pay and benefits, and had not allowed the worker to return to work immediately.

The restaurant was found to owe the employee about three weeks of lost pay.

The law entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in 12 months for specified family and medical reasons and not suffer employment consequences.

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