Monthly Archives: September 2012

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CHOICE OF FORUM CLAUSES GET SOLID DEFENSE FROM NFL PLAYERS

Recently, cases involving the NFL have put a new spin on a multi-jurisdictional workers’ compensation issue considered by leading scholars to be well-settled.  These cases involved whether a federal court could enforce workers’ compensation choice-of-forum clauses contained within NFL players’ contracts.  Surprisingly, the courts in these cases enforced the clauses.  These rulings may provide a means for companies to ensure that the workers’ compensation act of a chosen state applies to its workers.  This can be advantageous because the benefits provided by workers’ compensation acts differ significantly from state to state. 

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JUST THE BLUES OR ARE YOU SAD? REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION OF MENTAL DISORDERS

As the daylight hours wane with the approach of winter, many Americans find it a struggle just coping with their daily lives.  Imagine the sensation of all of your limbs feeling like weights have been attached to them, your brain dulled, and your eyes so heavy you can barely keep them open.  Couple this with a compelling need to shut yourself off from human interaction and you’ll start to get the idea of what SAD is.  Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that is more prevalent in women and begins typically in their 30s.  But it may be much more than just the winter blues that a lot of folks experience.  In fact, it may be a disability.

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU BARGAIN FOR : FMLA RIGHTS MAY BE ALTERED BY CBA

          Recently, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio took up the issue of whether the period for calculating eligibility for leave pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act could be modified by contract or a collective bargaining agreement in Valentino v. Wickliffe City School District Board of Education, et al. 

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VOTE FOR US!!

Last week, we requested that our kind readers nominate us for consideration as one of the American Bar Association’s top 100 legal blawgs.  If you haven’t nominated us already, please do!  The deadline to do so is this Friday, September 7, 2012, so if you appreciate our timely and informative writing, enjoy our humor, value the perspective in Vanessa’s Views, find benefit in our free content like the workplace violence toolkit in the right margin, or any other reason, please take just a minute or two to spread the good word about us.  Just click on this link and scroll down to the part where you have to submit just a few basic items of information, including your name, e-mail address, the link to our blog, and why you like it.

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NOT YOUR FATHER’S WORKPLACE – HOW EMPLOYERS CAN PREVENT UNLAWFUL HARASSMENT TODAY

It only takes a few minutes of watching the popular TV show “Mad Men” to realize that the workplace in the U.S. has changed significantly since the early 1960’s.

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