Employment law is quite the hot topic among various blogs. So much so that it’s time for the next installment of Quick Takes — a quick summary of what’s new and noteworthy.
- Don’t miss the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog’s post on how NOT to fire an employee. In the post, Jon Hyman describes how an employer took an already difficult situation and made it worse. Lesson from Jon: Do not do layoffs or firings via e-mail. Period.
- World of Work continues the focus on the new COBRA subsidies with a link to FAQ by the Department of Labor. A new blog, Compliance Building, has information from the IRS also about the new COBRA subsidies.
- The Employee Free Choice Act is expected to be introduced into Congress soon. For what its worth, one union leader is predicting passage by August, according to a post by the Pennsylvania Labor & Employment Blog. And although the EFCA has been recapped extensively by this blog and others, the Labor & Employment Law Blog has one more here.
- If there was really a remaining question about whether a plaintiff’s Facebook postings were discoverable, a recent court finding out of Canada suggests the answer: Yes. (Delaware Employment Law Blog)
- Richard Hayber, over at the Connecticut Employee Rights Blog points out a recent case by a federal appeals court that holds that releases of future claims in last chance agreements are invalid. While the case isn’t binding in Connecticut, Richard clearly believes that the same concepts could be applied by a Connecticut court.
- My former colleague, Richard Tuschman from the Florida Employment Law Blog, highlights a case in which a common question is raised: Does hiring an employee who has a non-compete agreement from a competitor constitute "tortious interference" (and subject that new employer to a claim)? The answer? Maybe not, but there are still other claims to worry about.
And on the lighter side, don’t miss this fun post by the Delaware Employment Law Blog recapping the top 10 excuses for being late to work.