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Friday, January 18, 2008

What else I'm reading this week #14

A few sports related articles to start off this week's round-up. Michael Moore at the Pennsylvania Employment Law Blog discusses the flak over Kelly Tilghman's comments about Tiger Woods, and how her employer diffused a potentially problematic situation. Meanwhile, John Phillips at The Word on Employment Law talks about Randy Moss's legal troubles and an employer's potential liability for hiring a known bad egg. Finally, The HR Capitalist looks at the flip side of the Randy Moss issue, and uses Terrell Owens crying jag to examine the issue of whether your "morale killer" has turned the corner. Being a Philadelphia native and an unapologetic Eagles fan, I'll spare everyone my rant on T.O.

The Manpower Employment Blawg looks at an issue that I've touched on once or twice in last several months - wage and hour class action lawsuits as a booming industry for the plaintiffs' bar. For my thoughts on this issue from back in September, see Use a wage and hour audit to proactively head off claims, and Wage and hour litigation hits the big time.

From the ABA Journal comes a fascinating story about new technology being developed by Microsoft that will enable employers remotely to monitor their workers' productivity, competence, and physical well-being. According to this article, wireless sensors will provide employers with workers' heart rates and stress level, and determine whether they are smiling or frowning, among other data.

The Labor and Employment Law Blog gives a good summary of some of the liability issues implicated by e-mail and voice mail.

Finally, the HR World Blog has an interesting piece on workplace race relations in light of what we saw unfold earlier this week in the Democratic Presidential campaign. You can read my thoughts from October on racial harassment claims in Racial harassment lawsuits on the rise.

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