Here’s a quick update on some items and topics that have been covered by the blog over the past year:
- Earlier this week, I raised the issue of whether the rising unemployment rate would also lead to more employment lawsuits. Reuters yesterday released a very good and balanced article on the subject. I shared my thoughts with the reporter who was kind enough to add those comments to the article. You can check it out here.
- The lawsuit brought by three wrestlers against the WWE is continuing..but at a snail’s pace. As you may recall, WWE filed a motion to dismiss in early October on the merits of the case. The wrestlers’ response was due on November 10th. However, the wrestlers have now sought an extension of time and their response will now be due in a few weeks. In the meantime, the wrestlers did mention in their most recent filing the possibility of adding or incorporating claims that other wrestlers have. No word on any details, but we can expect some new developments by month’s end.
- A few weeks ago, I commented on the provocative article that suggested getting rid of performance reviews. SHRM has a good article posted today that argued that performance reviews should not be eliminated. Instead, managers must "own" the reviews (subscription required).
Whether individuals believe in performance reviews or not, organizations are increasingly looking to hold managers accountable for accurate, timely and unbiased appraisals which help manage performance and head off legal issues.
“A lot of people are asking questions, given the financial crisis, about what HR or human capital programs companies should be focused on and performance management would definitely make my short list,” said Laura Sejen, Watson Wyatt’s global practice director for strategic rewards in New York. “It’s more important than ever to make sure that employees and managers are clear about organizational goals and priorities.”
- Last year, I wrote about a case that held that the National Bank Act may preempt certain state law discrimination claims. The Employer Law Report reports that two new cases have also followed suit, making it that much more important for national banks to learn about their available defenses in employment discrimination claims.
- Last, in response to my article on Veteran’s Day, I received a very nice phone call from an officer of the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA). Reservists are an often-overlooked part of our military and I commend them for the work they are doing on behalf of our men and women fighting in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.