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Sep 14, 2011
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Current Employment is a LexisNexis Top 25 Blog!

I received word from the powers-that-be over at Lexis Nexis that Current Employment has been selected as one of the top 25 Labor & Employment Blogs of 2011 by the LexisNexis L&E Community!

I’m honored by the selection, particularly to be mentioned next to the blogs that I go to for my L&E news, like the Connecticut Employment Law blog, the Delaware Employment Law blog, the Ohio Employer’s Law blog, Lawffice Space, and WorkMatters.

There are two other blogs that I am astonished are not on the list, both of which are better than this little site, IMHO. So when you’ve exhausted all the news here, and up there, you should check out the Employer Handbook  by Eric Meyer, and the Labor Relations Today by Seth Borden.

Thanks so much for reading Current Employment, and a special thank-you to all those who voted.

 

Sep 12, 2011
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I’m Still Here!

Hey, everyone! I will have a new post coming soon; I have been grinding out some actual legal work the past few days. You know, for clients. Who pay.1

Anyway, I will have a flurry of posts up very, very soon (like tonight. ish.). Just sit tight, okay? Okay. Thanks.

To prove that I’m working hard, I’ve uploaded this webcam picture of me. Note the rolled-up sleeves and dedicated grimace.

- Tim

Footnotes:
  1. Freeloading blog readers. . . []
Sep 2, 2011
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Fiday Diversion #5: Blogging Sucks and You’re Ugly

Ed. Note: This week’s gonna be a twofer. That’s right – twice the ridiculousness for you to waste your time on. In return for my generosity, why not saunter your virtual behind over to this Lexis Nexis page announcing candidates for the Top 25 L&E blogs and vote for Current Employment in the comments?

Diversion #5, subpart (a): Blogging is Expensive

The first of our stories was chosen for two reasons:

  1. It hits a little close to home for somebody arrogant enough to write their thoughts all over the internets (e.g.,this guy).
  2. It gives me an excuse to congratulate my fellow employment law blogger, Phillip Miles of Lawffice Space on the birth of his baby girl!

I just had a kid 6 months ago, and I can tell you the best part about it is all the congratulations that I receive from people that I only know online. The least I can do is pay that forward, right? Plus if you click on the link to Phillip’s blog, you’ll see that, unlike those super-obnoxious bloggers that force this stuff down your throat,  he’s very humble in his announcement. So, for the second time in CE history, I’m pulling out all my web 1.0 training to make this thing pop:

Congratulations, Phillip!

Babies are the best!

 

Speaking of obnoxious bloggers, somehow in the midst of having a 0.1-month-old, Phillip found the time to dig up this story about a community blogger in Hennepin County, Minnesota who is paying a hefty price for doing the worst thing you can possibly do to another person on the web: tell the truth about them. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:

Though blogger John (Johnny Northside) Hoff told the truth when he linked ex-community leader Jerry Moore to a high-profile mortgage fraud, the scathing blog post that got Moore fired justifies $60,000 in damages, a Hennepin County jury decided Friday.

What the wha?

Here’s the timeline:

  • ex-community guy does bad mortgage thing
  • blogger tells people about it (with choice words)
  • ex-so-and-so gets fired
  • ex-guy sues blogger for tortious interference with his employment contract

Tortious interference, for those of you who have regular lives, means you deliberately got in the way of somebody reaping the benefits of a contract. In other words: your blog post got me fired.

My personal opinion is that this case is bunk, and there’s no way this blogger is going to have to shell over $60k for not lying.Truthful speech has to be pretty bad to lose First Amendment protections. It’s being appealed, and he better frigging win or I will shut down this website faster than you can say “wackiest employment law cases”.

Diversion #5, subpart (b): This “Ugly” Thing Has Legs

So, two weeks ago, my Friday diversion was about a sexual harassment case1 where the employer argued there could be no harassment, because the Plaintiff was too ugly. Remember? Well, I can only assume that my blog post, and not at all this op-ed in the New York Times, touched a nerve with some bloggers. All week, folks have been discussing whether ugliness should be protected under discrimination laws.

SPOILER ALERT! It shouldn’t.

Just because something is a detriment to financial gain doesn’t mean it’s grounds for discrimination. Besides, most of the stereotypes about ugly people are true. I’m not prejudiced though; a lot of my close friends are super-ugly.

But you should read these stories about why it shouldn’t be protected, because they are fun, and one of them has a clip from Seinfeld.

One more thing:

Lots of changes coming to the land of Tim soon. If you haven’t noticed already, this includes a slow, meandering update of the blog. (I think I’ve settled on these fancy fonts. Let me know what you think.) I was going to add a “beta” to the top logo, but I don’t have that kind of gusto. So I’m throwing this down here where no one will read it, instead.

Stay tuned for changes (blog and non-blog), and critique away if you hate something.

 

Footnotes:
  1. Notice, this week, no sex! I did it! []
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