Its been some time since my last look around the employment law universe, so here’s some quick hits of what else has been going on this month:
- Last week, Congress held a hearing on pay equity. The hearing focused on issues that relate to the Paycheck Fairness Act, sponsored by Senator Christopher Dodd of Connecticut.
- The DOL has been beating the drum louder lately on the issue of employee misclassification. Our webinar on what’s new in the area has been rescheduled to March 24th due to a court conflict. In the meantime, you can play "20 Questions" on this issue with the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog.
- Law Tribune Columnist Karen Lee Torre has renewed her suggestion to eliminate the CHRO. In a new twist, she criticizes the agency for allegedly allowing its employees to have a flexible work arrangement, as if that were unique to the agency or other employers:
Another feature of the CHRO is its generous and unproductive employee work schedules. I remember getting steamed one time during a fact-finding investigation when we were told we’d have to come back on another day to finish up, even though it was mid-afternoon and we were but two hours away from concluding the evidence. The investigator had one of those democratic work schedules that allowed her to skip out in mid-afternoon to attend to one of her kids. I was forced to schlep to Waterbury again. Thousands more in fees on both sides because a normal work day is anathema to liberals.
- The U.S. Supreme Court has asked for the Solicitor General’s views on the Connecticut case of Amara v. CIGNA, a significant case I’ve discussed at length before that discusses what the obligations are to make disclosures of changes to a pension plan. The Supreme Court is presently considering petitions from the company and the group of former employees that brought suit to take the matter. A decision from the Supreme Court on whether to accept the petitions is expected by June 2010.
- Finally, are you looking for some new labor & employment law blogs to add to your reading list? The Workplace Prof blog recently compiled a list of such blogs. It contains many of my must-reads in the morning. Take a peek.