an update for the week of october 31, 2005
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Loyalty: Not What It Used to Be, But is Washington to Blame?: Loyalty to your employer used to be one of the most important values that any employee could have, and no one can deny the role it has always played in career advancement. And until as recently as last week, you might have been forgiven for thinking that it was one of the values held most dearly by the Bush Administration. Ah, but how quickly things can change. I. Lewis ?Scooter? Libby has now fallen on his sword to earn a criminal indictment, while Harriet Miers gets to watch from the sidelines as another Supreme Court nominee wins the plaudits she had desperately hoped to earn along the way. But when you look at how this administration has dealt with an increasingly important policy issue ? retirement, and pensions in particular ? it's clear that loyalty no longer gets you nearly as far as it used to.
this week in the courts
Shakman v. City of Chicago  (Seventh Circuit; No. 04-2105)
Decision Date: October 24, 2005
The district court's denial of a motion to vacate a consent decree, to settle political patronage litigation, is reversed where it abused its discretion in concluding that defendant's motion was untimely.
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