Friday, June 5, 2009


I have a confession to make. I’ve never watched an episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8. I know that I am confessing to being a pop-culture Neanderthal. I guess I can live with that. This week, the Pennsylvania Labor Department launched an investigation into whether the show violates child labor laws. Michael Moore at the Pennsylvania Labor & Employment Blog and Jeffrey Hirsch at the Workplace Prof Blog have the details. For more information on child labor laws generally, check out Jennifer Hays’s thoughts at the Warren & Hays Blog.

I have another confession to make. I had been working on a piece that draws some lessons on talent management from the Cavs’s crushing loss in the Eastern Conference Finals. The HR Capitalist beat me to it.

During a White House press conference earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs offered what can best be described as lukewarm support for the Employee Free Choice Act. details his comments. Meanwhile, Michael Fox at Jottings by an Employer’s Lawyer reminds everyone that card check is only one of three key parts of the EFCA. In other labor law news, Michael Maslanka at Work Matters draws three important lessons from a recent viewing of Norma Rae.

BLR’s HR Daily Advisor ran a two part series this week on how to avoid lawsuits during a RIF: Part One and Part Two.

The Word on Employment Law with John Phillips, on playing hardball with former employees.

Patrick Smith at the Iowa Employment Law Blog talks about the legal risks in asking exempt employees to take time off for economic reasons. For my thoughts on this issue, see Do you know? Mandatory unpaid time off may affect salaried employees’ exemptions.

Employment Law Bits has information on potential paid sick leave legislation.

Wage Law itemizes some of Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s more important employment law opinions.

Ann Barnes at Compensation Force details a recent survey of severance pay and other separation policies.

Jay Shepherd at Gruntled Employees thinks Twitter will kill annual employee performance reviews.

The Laconic Law Blog reports on a decision out the D.C. Circuit discussing the distinctions between employees and independent contractors.

Becky Regan at Compensation Cafe lists 7 considerations for an effective sales plan.

Finally, I Hate People...But It's Nothing Personal reminds everyone that while it’s easy to hate lawyers, “savvy lawyers save your company time, aggravation and money.” Well said.

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