There’s been a lot of good material this week and there just isn’t time for full-fledged posts on each of them. But check these other posts for some additional information or background on various employment-law topics that may have an impact in Connecticut.

  • The Word on Employment Law has a good alternative take on the Tribune Company’s new employee handbook that I posted on yesterday.  Ultimately, I don’t think John and I differ that much — keeping handbooks readable to employees (and avoiding unnecessary legalese such as "whereas" or "notwithstanding the foregoing") is an important goal in any drafting exercise.  But making sure that your handbook doesn’t confuse your employees or send your employees mixed messages is just as important as well.  The Ohio Employer’s Blog has also added some insight too. 
  • Overlawyered refers to a New York Times article over the weekend about the unintended consequences of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Ross’ Employment Law Blog  talks about the decision late last week by U.S. Supreme Court’ to take on three new employment law and ERISA cases this term.  The cases will address issues such as: "Is cooperating with internal investigation protected activity" and "Which party has burden of persuasion in establishing ‘reasonable factors other than age.’ under the ADEA."  It will also address the ERISA question of what standard of review should apply where a plan administrator both decides claims and pays claims.  Ohio Employer’s Blog also chimes in on the subject as does the Workplace Prof. 
  • Workplace Horizons reports on a potential new Microsoft program that would take employee monitoring to a whole new level.  A patent application by Microsoft describes a system of components that would use various "physiological or environmental sensors to detect at least one of heart rate, galvanic skin response, EMG, brain signals, respiration rate, body temperature, movement, facial movements, facial expressions, and blood pressure.”
  • And finally, there was this amusing article from the BBC which asks the question: Why Do U.S. Pickets Walk in Circles? (H/T Workplace Prof.)  Apparently, union workers strike differently over the big pond.