Friday, May 8, 2009


Tomorrow marks the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog’s two-year anniversary. In those two years, I’ve written 604 posts (a number that looks ever more amazing to me now that I’m looking at it on the screen), amassed more than 100,000 readers, hundreds of subscribers, and made countless friends. Thanks to everyone who’s taken the time to subscribe, read, comment, email, call, link, and even disagree with me. I look forward to continuing to bring everyone the latest employment law news and information from an unabashedly pro-business slant.

My favorite story of the week comes from Jeffrey Hirsch at the Workplace Prof Blog. I’ve written before about some alternatives to layoffs, including salary reductions, reduced work schedules, and furloughs. It seems one employer has taken this idea to the extreme. Facing a need to layoff employees, and blaming President Obama for his problems, this boss selected employees for layoff by whose cars had Obama bumper stickers.

Philip Gordon at the Workplace Privacy Counsel has a Q&A on the intersection between the swine flu and workplace privacy rights.

Dan Schwartz at the Connecticut Employment Law Blog shares his own thoughts on responding to an administrative charge, which differ from mine.

The EFCA Report reports on a compromise that may be in the works, removing the controversial card check provision from the EFCA and replacing it with a shortened 21-day election period, and requiring first-contract mediation instead of binding arbitration. Also, digests George McGovern’s opposition to the EFCA’s arbitration provision.

Molly DiBianca at the Delaware Employment Law Blog summarizes the new notice requirements under the FMLA’s recent regulatory change.

Where Great Workplaces Start posts some information on implementing a drug-free workplace policy.

Paul Mollica’s Daily Developments in EEO Law, discussing a recent 6th circuit disparate impact case.

Kris Dunn, The HR Capitalist, attempts to answer an age old question – when an employee resigns, should you accept or reject a two-week notice?

The Word on Employment Law with John Phillips has an interesting take on whether an employer’s refusal to hire a white supremacist would violate Title VII’s prohibition against religious discrimination.

The FMLA Blog answers whether you can terminate an employee who has asked for FMLA-leave. Point of Law succinctly provides its own answer to this question, “offer them bigger exit packages.”

Nick Fishman at the Employeescreen IQ blog discusses a potential problem in hiring – what if you cannot obtain a timely verification of prior employment because the prior employer downsized and has no one to respond to your request?

The Business of Management discusses whether management can ever really quell an employee rumor mill about layoffs.

Today’s Workplace, on the Arbitration Fairness Act and ending forced arbitration of claims.

HR World reports on the challenge of work-life balance for working moms. Meanwhile, Carolyn Elefant at the Legal Blog Watch alerts everyone to a piece that will air on 20/20 tonight about “whether the Pregnancy Discrimination Act actually hurts women by deterring businesses from hiring them to begin with.”

Finally, since Sunday is Mother’s Day, I’m sharing Michael Mislaka’s piece about how his mom made him into the employment lawyer he is today.

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