Friday, September 18, 2009


Yesterday, I wrote about Ohio’s proposed law that would ban discrimination based on gender identity. Earlier this week, Dan Schwartz at the Connecticut Employment Law Blog weighed in on this issue in light of South African runner Caster Semenya, who competes as a woman but might genetically be a man.

In other pop culture news, Molly DiBianca at the Delaware Employment Law Blog gives her thoughts on workplace civility in light of recent outbursts by South Carolina GOP Rep. Joe Wilsonest, Serena Williams, and Kanye West.

Debra Reilly’s Workplace Investigations discusses employers’ bans on hiring employees with criminal histories. I’ve also touched on this topic before.

In other news about hiring decisions, Sindy Warren at the Warren & Hays Blog suggests that employers sparingly make word-of-mouth hiring decisions.

Both Philip Miles’s Lawffice Space and Walter Olson’s Overlawyered report on an Indiana court that has ruled that a pizza shop must pay for a 340-pound employee’s weight-loss surgery as a precursor to another operation for a workplace back injury. thinks unions efforts at a renaissance are futile. Meanwhile, the EFCA Report thinks that Senate Democrats are fractured on whether the controversial bill will pass this year.

Ann Bares at Compensation Cafe thinks that job titles can have some value to employees.

Ride the Lightning, courtesy of Eric Welter’s Laconic Law Blog, on whether employees have a right to privacy in personal emails sent via web-based email over an employer’s computer system.

Michael Maslanka’s Work Matters reminds us that often we need to start with the basics.

Melanie McClure at Arkansas Employment Law, on policies and exceptions.

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