Friday, October 30, 2009

WIRTW #101

Walter Olson’s Overlawyered brings us the most instructive story of the week – if a jury asks for a “ten-digit adding machine to assist in their deliberations,” the defendant best start thinking long and hard about settlement.

Molly DiBianca, at the Delaware Employment Law Blog, on a court’s rejection of a monkey as an ADA-qualifying service animal.

The Word on Employment Law with John Phillips uses last week’s two biggest news stories – balloon boy and the sleeping pilots – to teach a lesson on employee discipline.

Marcia McCormick, at the Workplace Prof Blog, discussing a case filed by a witch claiming religious discrimination.

Sindy Warren, at the Warren & Hays Blog, suggesting that managers and their employees should not be “Facebook friends.”

Michael Maslanka’s Work Matters gives some dos and don’ts for the ADA’s reasonable accommodation interactive process.

Kris Dunn, The HR Capitalist, thinks employers can learn a lot from how ESPN handled the Steve Phillips situation.

Dan Schwartz, at the Connecticut Employment Law Blog, on the Arbitration Fairness Act and its potential effect on the future of arbitration clauses in employment agreements and collective bargaining agreements.

Christopher McKinney’s HR Lawyer’s Blog discusses a lawsuit recently filed by the EEOC in which it is seeking protection under the ADA for a pregnancy-related condition.

Employment Law Matters cautions employers with a third shift that this weekend’s switch to standard time could result in having to pay an extra hour of work to employees caught in the change.

Mary Keating’s Maryland Employment Law Developments shows how a desire for a more “energetic” employee can be viewed as evidence of age discrimination.

Wage & Hour Counsel illustrates the more aggressive tactics being taken by the Obama Department of Labor in wage and hour cases.

Finally, BLR’s HR Daily Advisor relates 6 lessons of successful management drawn from a former Walt Disney World Executive.

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