Mastodon WIRTW #71

Friday, March 20, 2009


The big news of the week is the continued fallout from AIG’s bonus payments. Since Connecticut law governs the legality of whether AIG was required to make the payments under its retention plan, there is no better place to look for information on this issue than our good friend Dan Schwartz at the Connecticut Employment Law Blog.

In other economic news, Jay Shepherd at Gruntled Employees shares his thoughts on the CEO of a Boston hospital, who looked to his employees for ideas on how to save money and jobs.

The Business of Management gives some advice on how to properly handle layoffs.

Maribeth Minella at the Delaware Employment Law Blog has the top 10 layoff tips for employers. Tip #7 is the most important: “Seek the advice of legal counsel early.” We can then help guide you through the other 9.

Northeast Ohio’s Employers Resource Council’s Where Great Workplaces Start presents a timely list of some key HR terms.

Bob Sutton gives his ideas on the importance of quality in a business plan.

David Yamada at Minding the Workplace compares ethical employment practices to sweeping problems under the rug.

The Word on Employment Law with John Phillips opines that an employer is entirely within its rights to fire an employee who posts something on the Internet that negatively reflects on the job. Case in point: Employee disloyalty and Facebook.

We end this week’s review with a trio of posts on the Employee Free Choice Act:

  • Michael Fox at Jottings By An Employer’s Lawyer points out the biggest mistake each side is making in the debate over the EFCA.

  • LaborPains reports on some recent polling numbers that suggest that the EFCA might be gaining traction.

  • Kris Dunn, The HR Capitalist, tries to untangle the spin coming from the labor unions about this bill.

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