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Friday, May 16, 2008

What I'm reading this week #31

In my absence last week, I completely missed my blogiversary. It's been a little over a year now since I launched the Ohio Employer's Law Blog with my first post, The Song Remains the Same -- Has Burlington Northern Really Changed the Landscape of Retaliation Claims? A quick thank you to all of my subscribers, commenters, everyone who's linked to me, provided an idea for a post, and quoted me both online and in print, and to the more than 26,000 people who've visited. Without each of you, I highly doubt I would still be writing more than a year later.

And with that, on to the best of everything else I've read this week.

In Desert Palace v. Costa, the U.S. Supreme Court held that direct evidence of discrimination is not required to obtain a "mixed-motive" jury instruction. The HR Lawyer's Blog reports on a significant case out of the 8th Circuit this week that flat out disagrees with the Supreme Court. So much for stare decisis.

As someone who cannot get a lick of work done without music playing in the background, I was keenly interested in HR World's take on personal technology such as iPods in the office.

For similar personal reasons, I was also very interested in Guerilla HR's take on bad language in the workplace. For a good laugh, be sure to click through to the Cuss Control Academy.

The Business of Management asks if you have an "office spouse"?

Dan Schwartz at the Connecticut Employment Law Blog writes on the worth of companies that sell workplace posters.

The Evil HR Lady posts on the value of exit interviews.

Finally this week, The HR Capitalist gives one scenario of what can happen to a company when it tries to regulate the use of overtime.