Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top 10 Lawffice Space Entries of 2010: Nos. 5-1

The countdown continues today with the Top 5 posts of 2010. Believe it or not, this is post #300! I guess time flies when you're having fun. Also, be sure to check out the Top 10 of 2009 and Nos. 6-10 of 2010. Now, the Top 5...

5. Vague Affirmative Defenses and Motions to Strike Them
I'm extraordinarily happy to see this one on the list. It's a post announcing my cover article in the PBA Civil Litigation Update. I had fun researching and writing the article, and I think lawyers will find it helpful in analyzing motions to strike vague affirmative defenses.

4. Service Dog v. Allergies - ADA Accommodation Conflict
Some of my thoughts on handling a conflict between an employee who needs a service dog and another employee who is allergic to that dog.

3. Waitress Fired for Facebook Status Update
Social media topics are hot right now, and this post has proven to be one of my most popular. It has been Retweeted 18 times and Liked on Facebook 12 times. Moral of the story? Don't call your customers "pieces of *&%$."

2. The 6 Requirements for an Unpaid Internship
Many unpaid internships violate the Fair Labor Standards Act. When the Department of Labor signalled a crackdown this suddenly became a hot topic. This post lists the requirements for FLSA compliance and was boosted by one of the search tool sites (Can't remember... Digg, StumbleUpon, or Reddit I think).

1. Email Harassment - Jesse James Edition
My most popular post of 2010, beating out everything that was published in 2009 as well. It has Sandra Bullock, Jesse James, a lurid affair, allegations of Nazism, and a tattooed bikini model named "Bombshell." When that train wreck took a turn for employment law with an email harassment claim, I had a hit post on my hands.

Thank you to everyone who read Lawffice Space in 2010. Tune in tomorrow for the Case of the Year!

Posted by Philip Miles, an attorney with McQuaide Blasko in State College, Pennsylvania in the firm's civil litigation and labor and employment law practice groups.