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David S. Rich
New York High Court Allows Civil Claims Against Persons Who, Intending to Blackmail or Extort, Truthfully Report to Government Wrongdoing That Is of Public Interest

In February 2012, the New York Court of Appeals - New York State's court of last resort - held that where individuals, with an intent to blackmail or extort from a wrongdoer, truthfully report, to governmental officials, wrongdoing that is of public...

Jon Hyman
If the Employee Doesn’t Certify, You Need Not Comply (with FMLA)

In Poling v. Core Molding Technologies (S.D. Ohio 2/9/12) , the plaintiff, who suffered from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome , claimed that his employer interfered with his FMLA rights when it terminated him for excessive absences. Poling's...

Eric Meyer
Court Allows Plaintiff a Quick Peek into Defendant's Facebook Account

A state court judge in Pennsylvania has come up with a new way to afford litigants access to social media as part of discovery in a pending civil action. Daniel Cummins at Tort Talk has the details: The Judge's page long Order does not provide...

Eric Meyer
US Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of FMLA Coverage for Employers

Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Md. [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com subscribers] held that state employees have no cause of action under the self-care provision (last bullet point in...

Jon Hyman
When Drafting Harassment Policies, Don’t Forget About Disabilities

I can't tell you how many harassment policies I review (and rewrite) that are simply called, "Sexual Harassment Policy." Most harassment complaints are about sexual harassment. But, the law just doesn't forbid sexual harassment;...

Edwin Hopson
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Challenges Legality of NLRB Recess Appointments

On March 15, 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) filed a motion to intervene with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Noel Canning v. National Labor Relations Board , Case No. 12-1115...