an update for the week of july 4, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Justice O'Connor To Retire: What Does it Mean for Workers?: Last Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor turned an otherwise ho-hum holiday news weekend into a firestorm of analysis and strategizing, when she announced her retirement from the Court. Until a new justice is seated on the Court, Americans can expect a barrage of information and speculation about a new candidate and his or her potential impact on the Court, as compared to Justice O'Connor. It is also likely that we will see a partisan battle waged that's nearly equivalent to a presidential election in nature, with so much at stake for everyone involved in the debate. Why should workers care about all of this? An analysis of some of Justice O'Connor's decisions holds the key.
this week in the courts
Lontz v. Tharp  (Fourth Circuit; No. 04-1967)
Decision Date: July 1, 2005
State wrongful discharge claims are not completely preempted by the National Labor Relations Act.
Pollard v. E.E. DuPont  (Sixth Circuit; No. 03-6611, 03-6612)
Decision Date: June 22, 2005
In a wrongful discharge case, the district court did not err in concluding that defendant was liable for the tort of intentional infliction of emotional distress under Tennessee law.
Graham County Soil & Water Conservation Dist. v. US  (U.S. Supreme Court; No. 04-169)
Decision Date: June 20, 2005
The 6-year statute of limitations in the False Claims Act (FCA) does not govern FCA civil actions for retaliation.

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