Over the years, we’ve had a little fun on this blog, with friendly bets with other employment law attorneys, over everything from a sports event to, well, a sports event.  The loser traditionally has to extol the virtues of the winning team on an employment law blog with some loose employment law tie-in.

Last week, Philip Miles — who writes the long-running Lawffice Space Blog –– issued a challenge to me to see who would win the UConn – Penn State women’s basketball game over the weekend.  Since his post is appearing here, you can guess the results. I’ll let Philip finish the story, though his employment law angle is a bit lacking:

One of the greatest sport clichés of all time is that “to be the best, you’ve got to beat the best.”

My beloved Penn State Lady Lions basketball team has taken that statement to heart and challenged the UConn Huskies each of the past three years. Unfortunately, the Lady Lions dropped all three contests. In fact, none of them were even particularly close. I placed a friendly wager on the latest game with the proprietor of this blog. I now pay my debt: a tribute to UConn.

Make no mistake about it, UConn is the best. Are they ranked number one? Check (by unanimous vote). Are they the defending national champions? Check (including a blowout win over fellow 1-seed Notre Dame). Are they historically one of the greatest? Check (seven championships from 2000-present). Do they have a legendary coach? Check (Geno Auriemma is 841-133 as a head coach – although I think Pat Summitt contends for greatest ever).

I don’t have much more to say. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. For now, the basketball world is a game of “King of the Hill” (perhaps “Queen of the Hill” would be more appropriate here) and everyone else is just scrambling for a shot at UConn . . . just to get knocked back down again. Baylor and Notre Dame had all kinds of hype last year, but they couldn’t get it done.

Rest assured, there are challengers out there right now preparing to take down the reigning champs, and they’re hungry. Does UConn have what it takes to stay on top again this year? Recent history suggests they do, but March Madness is a long way off.

Of course, to get the employment angle, Philip could’ve updated us all on the discrimination lawsuit that had been brought against UConn coach Auriemma — it was dismissed earlier this year.  But let’s face it, watching basketball is a lot more fun than keeping track of lawsuits.  

My thanks to Philip for the quick guest post. Even shorthanded, though, the UConn Huskies are still “simply the best”.  

2009 was a fluke.

2010 had to have been a mistake.

2011 was the time they forgot to update their 2010 list.

So what about 2012? Well, could it be that this little blog from Connecticut actually deserves to be on the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 as one of the best law blogs in the country?

I’d still shake my head.  Heck, even my mother-in-law seemed a little curious with my selection on the list.

But here we are for the fourth year in a row, appearing as one of just six employment law blogs mentioned.  Its crazy.

Now I could tell you to vote for this blog too (free registration is required), but honestly, I love reading Jon Hyman’s Ohio Employer Law Blog and Molly DiBianca’s Delaware Employment Law Blog too.  (And about 58 other blogs on the Blawg 100 list too for that matter). And big kudos to the other employment law attorneys who blog – Philip Miles, Donna Ballman, and Jeff Nowak.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

 

Over the weekend, I was asked: How do you keep coming up with ideas for the blog? My response was that I use Google Reader to flag stories that may be of interest.

Unfortunately, over the last few weeks, I’ve been flagging more stories than I’ve had time to write about.  So, now seems a good time to summarize some employment-law stories you may have missed that I haven’t had time to recap.

There’s lots of good content that is out there in the blogosphere and I thought I would pass along a few of the noteworthy entries I’ve read this week. 

  • Credit: Morguefile.com - Public DomainMichael Moore over at the Pennsylvania Employment Law Blog has a great recap on the fallout of this week’s sexual harassment case with his own tips on investigation.
     
  • Will Schendel over at the Alaska Employment Law Blog has chimed in as well and points readers to a lack of standards in some other standards for how to deal with sexual harassment investigations and training. 
  • Kris Dunn, over at the HR Capitalist, has a fascinating look at a EEOC-filed case where the employer allegedly required employees returning to work after a sick leave to sign a release allowing the employer access to their physician records. 
  • Workplace Horizons has a detailed summary of what’s going on with the pay discrimination legislation pending in Congress. 
  • Fisher & Phillips has an interesting look at sensitivity to fragrances and whether that can constitute a disability. 

Lastly, I strongly recommend using an RSS feed reader, like Google Reader, to broaden your reading and save time. I’ve written a "how-to" article to make it easy. Google Reader is also now out of beta and its a great tool for people unfamiliar to RSS feeds.  It’s the best way to keep up with all that’s out there.

Since the blog is brand new, indulge me for a moment regarding some recent publicity for the blog.

While blogs are definitely "new" media, it sure is nice for the "old" media to pick up on what blogs are saying.  This week, The Connecticut Law Tribune stayed on top of the tech trend here. This week, they did an extensive profile of the blog and myself.  We’ve got the legal reprint here for your reading enjoyment.   

Traffic to the blog only continues to increase and reflects what I suspected — a desire to find out more information about Connecticut’s employment laws.  Keep sending those suggestions, comments and yes, criticisms to me so we can continue to expand this blog. 

And since we’ve got your attention, the Blog has also been mentioned on several other noteworthy blogs of late including the Blawg Review, Race in the Workplace Blog, Jottings By an Employer’s Lawyer blog, the Workplace Prof blog, and one of my new favorite blogs, the Evil HR Lady.  Please check out these interesting employment law-related blogs as well and my thanks to them for their references.

SEPTEMBER 29th UPDATE: The Tribune story has been picked up by the national legal news site: Law.com with the headline: "Employment Law Blog is Gem of the Web."