I recently was invited the join the “Learned League”, which has been described by the Washington Post as the “coolest, weirdest Internet community you’ll never be able to join.”
Needless to say, now that I’m participating in it, I’m wondering if I’m either cool or weird or both.
The league is a hodge-podge of various people who answer six trivia questions a day for a five week period during various contests. No money is involved (think: pride not prize) but the competition includes people like Ken Jennings, who is the all-time champion on Jeopardy.
The biggest rule is “no cheating” — in other words, don’t Google the questions. It’s a bit addicting, so in the spirit of the contest, I thought I would provide you with six questions to answer. Note that this is not multiple choice — rather it’s fill in the blank, which is oh so challenging.
1. According to the EEOC Charge Statistics for Fiscal Year 2014, retaliation claims were the number one filed claim with the agency. What protected class was number two?
2. One resource that is (or should be) often referred to by employers when addressing disability issues is nicknamed “JAN”. What do the letters JAN stand for?
3. The federal Family & Medical Leave Act provides that eligible employees may take up to 12 work weeks of leave in a 12-month period for one or more of four separate reasons. Two of the reasons are for: 1) the employee’s own serious health condition; and 2) tocare for a spouse, son, daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition. Name one of the other two reasons?
4. In Connecticut, family violence victims who work at employers that have three or more employees, are entitled to time off for various reasons including seeking medical care or attending court. How many days per calendar year is the employee entitled to?
5. In 1994, Michael Douglas and Demi Moore starred in a film that, among other claims to fame, brought issues of sexual harassment and “reverse” harassment to the public’s attention. Notably (?), Demi Moore was nominated as “Best Villain” for the MTV Movie Awards. What was the name of the movie?
6. The current minimum wage in Connecticut in $9.15 cents per hour. What will the minimum wage in Connecticut be effective January 1, 2016? (And for a bonus point, what about January 1, 2017?)
The answers are below.
No peeking until you’ve tried to answer.
And remember, we’re playing for bragging rights, nothing more.
1. Race Discrimination. With 35% of the claims.
2. Job Accommodation Network. It’s a great online resource with suggestions on how to address and accommodate particular types of disabilities.
3. Birth or adoption of a child; or any “qualifying exigency” relating to the military duty of a spouse, son, daughter, or parent.
4. 12 days, though it need not be paid.
6. $9.60 per hour. (And $10.10 effective 1/1/17.)
Hopefully, you realize that this quiz is nothing more than a learning opportunity. Employment law continues to change. But ultimately, life is not a trivia game — be sure to look up answers you don’t know. It’s better to get it right, than to take a guess.
Feel free to post how you did in the comments below!