December is a notoriously slow time when it comes to employment law news.

Sure, there’s the NLRB’s announcement today that it is proposing a new rule that would require all employers to put up a posting about labor rights. 

There’s also word that the DOL is seeking comment on issues relating to reasonable break time for nursing mothers. 

All are valid stories. But fairly mundane. 

But there one new blog that is addressing the hard-hitting issues of the day: Namely the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers.   (I must confess that I’m only upset that I didn’t think of the idea first.) 

While the idea is more than a bit far-fetched one, it actually seems to serve as a good starting point for interesting discussions.

Case in point: Last week’s debate of whether superpowers would qualify as an impairment under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The authors’ conclusion: It depends on the type of superpower and whether it can be voluntarily controlled.  In other words, The Hulk is probably covered.  Superman probably not.

Of course, there are all sorts of other employment-law questions (Does Lois Lane’s amnesia in Superman II qualify her for FMLA leave?) that can arise and one can only hope the new Law and the Multiverse blog can answer those.  

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