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Court Finds No Accommodation Possible for Deaf Employee, So Employer Wins

By Darrell R. VanDeusen Jessica Chrysler is a congenitally and profoundly deaf individual who communicates with hearing individuals by writing notes, gesturing, pointing, and miming. She can also type, text message, and use body language. Chrysler was hired to take pictures at a photography store, usually of young children. She also was required to sell […]

Will the NLRB Revisit Yeshiva in Faculty Unionization Effort?

By Darrell R. VanDeusen In 1980, the Supreme Court held that faculty members at private universities typically cannot organize and form a union under the National Labor Relations Act.  NLRB v. Yeshiva University,444 U.S. 672 (1980).  Whether this is the view of the Obama NLRB will be vetted in the coming months as interested parties […]

“Unemployed” is the New Protected Status, at Least in D.C.

By Randi Klein Hyatt The District of Columbia has enacted novel legislation, protecting unemployed individuals from discrimination in the hiring process. The new law prohibits employers and employment agencies from discriminating against potential employees based on their “unemployed” status. This law is the first of its kind to both prohibit employers from considering the employment […]

UAW Is Alright, Jack

By Peter S. Saucier General Motors operated a plant in Moraine, Ohio, where it inherited the International Union of Electrical Workers (IUE) as part of a conversion from a Frigidaire plant to a truck manufacturer in 1981. Through the automobile crisis of 2007-08, the IUE worked with GM and cooperated with every plan, well before the […]

The Supreme Court Upholds “Obamacare”

By Eric Paltell On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld “Obamacare” (officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010). National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, No. 11-393 (June 28, 2012). In a 5 to 4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the law is constitutional as […]

The Supreme Court Upholds “Obamacare”

On June 28, 2012, the Supreme Court upheld “Obamacare” (officially known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010).  National Federation of Independent Business et al. v. Sebelius, No. 11-393 (June 28, 2012).   In a 5 to 4 decision, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that the law is constitutional as an exercise of […]

Maryland Bans Employer Access To Employee Social Media

By Clifford B. Geiger Maryland became the first state to pass a law prohibiting employers from asking job applicants and employees for their usernames and passwords to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.  This move comes on the heels of an Associated Press investigation that detailed how many employers, including the  Maryland Department […]