Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top 5 Employment Law "Cases of the Week" for 2011

As my loyal readers know, I offer up a "Case of the Week" every Friday. This countdown lists the top 5 Cases of the Week (or is it Case of the Weeks?) for 2011 based on hits as tracked by Google Blogger. Drumroll please . . .

5. Physician's Assistants Entitled to Overtime - COTW #23 from 1/14/2011 - FLSA exemptions and employee classification are tough issues for employers. It's no surprise that many a stuck employer-Googler found his or her way to this entry.

4. Res Judicata No Bar to Events Postdating Initial Complaint - COTW #55 from 8/26/2011 - I gotta be honest . . . nothing screams "BORING" quite like a res judicata-slash-timing of filing a complaint issue. Yet, somehow this case made the list - probably because it provides a bright line rule in a fairly common situation.

3. Employee Wins FMLA "Key Employee" Exemption Case on Summary Judgment - COTW #44 from 6/10/2011 - So far, I'm surprised by how many technical legal issues made the top 5. But, FMLA issues are tricky, and a shortage of cases applying the "key employee" exemption make this COTW a welcome resource.

2. "Wet T-Shirt Wednesday" Lawsuit - COTW #53 from 8/12/2011 - No tricky legal issues here - employee dress codes should not recommend that women wear wet t-shirts on Wednesdays. And, if you think that's bad, click the link to find out what they were supposed to wear (or not wear) on Thursdays!

And now, the Case of the Week . . . of the year . . . for 2011 . . . iiiissss . . .

1. Double Fisting and Crazy Bitch Bingo - COTW #62 from 10/14/2011 - Now this is what COTW is all about! The case involved Facebook, boozin' it up with a drink in each hand, and something called "crazy bitch bingo" (I still don't know what that is, but I'm hoping a reader can enlighten me). How could it not lock down the top spot for 2011!?

Tune in to Lawffice Space every Friday in 2012 for more great Case of the Week action!

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.

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