10 Posts Employers Should Read this Week

Here are a 10 of the most important and interesting employment-related posts from the web this week.  TGIF!

I am a big fan of audiobooks and podcasts for convenient learning.  Mission to Learn blog has a great post listing “10 Killer Content Sources for Your iPod Learning Mix”  with several excellent resources for those who want to learn on the go.

Ogeltree Deakins’ employment-law blog, Employment Law Matters has a timely summary of an important case from the 3d Circuit in the post, Replacing employee with younger, less experienced person is not always age discrimination.

Brian Hall, at Employer Law Report, provides an update on another important case, Pietrylo v. Hillstone Restaurant Group.  I reported on Pietrylo when the jury came back with a verdict against an employer who terminated two employees because of their MySpace page.  As Brian reports, the verdict was upheld by the federal district court in New Jersey.

David Yamada, at Minding the Workplace blog, reports on a survey, which found that a majority of workers in the U.S. think that their bosses are dishonest.

The WSJ reports that E-Mail No Longer Rules.  Instead, Twitter and Facebook (and other hopefuls) have taken over.  Recently, I read that the alleged decline of e-mail is an inevitable result of the Gen Y / Millennial infiltration.

Philip Miles at Lawffice Space updates us on the two new EEOC ADA notices issued by the EEOC, one on Swine Flu and one on the upcoming Town Halls for proposed ADAAA regulations.

An article at ComputerWeekly.com recommends that employers have dress-code policies for avatars.  Avatars are 2- or 3-dimensional objects that usually resemble humans, and used as a visual representation of the user.  This is an angle that I’d never heard previously but probably has some legitimacy for those organizations with staff who use avatars.

At The Word on Employment Law, John Phillips discusses the now infamous “Balloon Boy Hoax” and concludes (rightly), that Zero Tolerance Polices Are Worth Zero.

Epstein Becker’s Trade Secrets & Noncompete Blog keeps readers up to date on the events in Georgia, as its state Legislature Proposes Dramatic Changes to Restrictive Covenant Laws.

Jon Hyman, at the Ohio Employment Law Blog, discusses the recently released Litigation Trends Survey and Highlights report, published by Fulbright & Jaworski, as it relates to what we can expect in the world of employment litigation in 2010.