an update for the week of december 20, 2004
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today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Take a Vacation...Unless You're Looking for Work: It's supposed to be the time of year when things slow down a little. But often it doesn't work out quite that way, with year-end quotas and court deadlines that won't budge even for the holidays. But new research is finding out that taking time off isn't just a luxury, but a necessity for good health and longevity. So it's important to find time away from work not just to be with your family, but to be around for your family in holidays to come. In fact, the only people who shouldn't be taking a vacation right now are job hunters, as experts claim that right now is a very good time to land that next job.
this week in the courts
Branham v. Snow  (Seventh Circuit; No. 03-3599)
Decision Date: December 17, 2004
Dismissal of plaintiff's Rehabilitation Act claim is reversed where plaintiff has raised a genuine issue as to whether he can perform the essential functions of the position of criminal investigator without becoming a threat to the safety of himself or others.

Bastien v. The Office of Senator Ben Campbell  (Tenth Circuit; No. 02-1343)
Decision Date: December 13, 2004
Plaintiff's employment discrimination claim, brought under the Congressional Accountability Act, is not barred where the claim does not question the conduct of official Senate legislative business by defendant or his aides.
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