Thanks to Molly DiBianca of the Delaware Employment Law Blog for including us in the 2009 list of Top Employment Law Blogs.  One of the things I have most enjoyed since launching this blog last April is the collegiality among bloggers and the willingness to share ideas and information. 

Always a good source of practical information, the HR Daily Advisor had two posts this week  dealing with employee’s abuse of FMLA leave.   The first addressed the abuse of intermittent leave, and the second tackled the problem of "pattern absences" (such as taking leave on Mondays or Fridays). 

Jon Hyman at Ohio Employer’s Law Blog discusses an interview with Phillies’ starter Cole Hamels after game 3 of the World Series.   Media reports of the interview contained a quote from Hamels that made it appear he had given up on the Series after his poor game 3 performance.   When considered in the context of the entire interview, however, it was clear Hamels was looking forward to the opportunity to redeem himself in game 7 (alas, a game which never was played).    The lesson for employers: be careful what you say and how you say it, because it is easy to take words out of context, especially for cross-examining lawyers. 

Megan Erickson of the Social Networking Law Blog has two recent posts (here and here) on factors employers should consider before drafting a social networking policy.   With the explosion in social networking over the past year, this has become a hot topic for employers.   See our related posts on this subject here and here.

H1N1 seems to have subsided among school age children in the local area, but now is hitting more adults.   The Washington D.C. Employment Law Update reports that two members of the House of Representatives have introduced a bill that would permit employees five paid sick days if they contract H1N1.  The Emergency Influenza Containment Act would apply to employers with fifteen or more employees.  It would permit both full and part time employees to be paid if sent home by their employer because of the flu. 

Finally, are employers under siege by the EEOC?  This post on Workplace Prof Blog reports on a human resources meeting in Detroit where many attendees reported facing EEOC charges for the first time.   The EEOC denies it is cracking down.   However, there is little doubt that charge statistics are up, and the EEOC’s own press releases report the filing of substantially more lawsuits now as compared to one year ago.