Friday, May 29, 2009


This week’s top labor and employment story is undoubtedly President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. For coverage of this historic event, read the thoughts of my fellow bloggers: Compensation Cafe; Connecticut Employment Law Blog; HR Lawyer’s Blog; Jottings By An Employer’s Lawyer; The Word on Employment Law with John Phillips; Warren & Hays; and World of Work.

I recently discovered an excellent blog on workplace conflict and corporate cultures -- I Hate People...But It's Nothing Personal. For a good idea of what this blog is all about, I recommend their post on management checking out employees’ Facebook pages.

Also on the topic of social networking, Anne Barnes’s Compensation Force discusses management efforts to regulate this exploding media.

This week also brings us a couple of interesting posts on sexual harassment. Mindy Chapman’s Case in Point talks about how to handle same-sex harassment complaints. On.point reports that a judge has reduced a sex harassment verdict from $100,000 to $26,500 to account for the plaintiff’s habit of exposing her own genital piercing to co-workers.

In age discrimination news, Jennifer Warren at the Warren & Hays Blog suggests that younger employees are being more greatly affected by the recent wave of layoffs. Patrick Smith at the Iowa Employment Law Blog reports on the rise of age claims and provides some practical tips on how to avoid them.

It looks like federally mandated paid sick leave is becoming more and more likely, at least according to Michael Haberman’s HR Observations and Michael Moore’s Pennsylvania Labor & Employment Blog.

Nick Fishman at the Employeescreen IQ Blog discusses background screening in a down economy.

Your HR Guy talks about why exit interviews don’t work.

World of Work reports on a Montana Supreme Court decision which held that exotic dancers are employees and not contractors.

Smooth Transitions shares some thoughts on how to prosecute a trade secret claim against an ex-employee.

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