As can often happen, employment law stories dominated LXBN this week as three of the four trending stories touched upon in this week’s recap come from that area. Also, adding to our textual recap, we also have a couple LXBN’s editors—Colin O’Keefe and Jared Sulzdorf—break down this week’s most talked-about stories on video. http://youtu.be/J4vrGa4xG1Y
- Employment law stories are always a popular subject on LXBN and Brinker v. Superior Court is one of two covered well this week. The California Supreme Court’s ruling in the case was a significant victory for employers, as they do of course have to provide meal and rest periods, but they are not liable when employees skip them.We saw 28 new posts on the case this week, but the full archives go back four pages, almost to be beginning of the appeals process. Elizabeth Arce of Liebert Cassidy Whitmore and the California Public Agency Labor and Employment Blog had our favorite post on the subject, one that was succinct but very important.
- The NLRB Posting Rule has seemingly always been a popular topic of conversation on LXBN but coverage exploded this week when a District Court in South Carolina struck down the rule and a District Court in D.C. blocked it from going into effect. We saw an almost-absurd 36 posts on the D.C. ruling, adding to the 76 existing posts on the NLRB posting rule. McKenna Long & Aldridge attorney and Labor Relations Today author Seth Borden covered the story the best; he also came on LXBN TV to discuss it.
- Hydraulic Fracturing—or “fracking”—has always been a hot topic on LXBN and in the mainstream media, but coverage took off this week as a number of stories came out: the UK government linked fracking to earthquakes, the EPA released air emission rules for the practice and President Obama issued an executive order creating an interagency work group on hydraulic fracturing.
<liLastly, we have Christopher v. SmithKline Beecham Corp., a Supreme Court case that will determine whether or not pharmaceutical sales representatives will remain exempt from overtime pay under our nation’s wage & hour laws. LXBN coverage on this is just getting rolling but Proskauer‘s Joshua Alloy, author on Proskauer on Class and Collective Actions, provided an excellent recap of Monday’s oral arguments—and that’s why we invited him to come on LXBN TV to discuss the case.