Workers in Connecticut may be interested in learning that the United States Supreme Court has added to its docket for next term a case that partly pertains to the Federal Employees Liability Act, or FELA. The issue that has to be decided in the case is whether the payments made by a railway company, which was mandated by the court to pay an employee for time taken away from work, are to be assessed employment taxes according to the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, or RRTA.
The employee had worked for the company as a switchman, brakeman and conductor for 15 years. The man sustained a workplace injury in 2010 and was terminated for attendance violations that stemmed from that injury. In addition, the employee also was assessed an attendance violation for absences that occurred while he was testifying against the company in a case filed by two co-workers who alleged that their terminations were retaliatory.