an update for the week of june 5, 2006
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
What Will It Take for Bosses to Do Better?: A recent blog posting from leading workplace commentator Bob Rosner got me to thinking. Entitled "Revenge of the Employees," Rosner talks about bosses who are now forced to suck up to their employees in order to keep them on board in a tightening labor market. In thinking about all the ways that employee advocates now work mightily to transform the workplace, by providing information to make employees better informed, to promoting unionization, to filing lawsuits when all other measure fail, it makes me wonder whether shifting demographics will one day cause all of those other kinds of efforts to pale in comparison. Probably not, but it's a fantasy worth exploring.
When Just Doing Your Job Lands You in Trouble : You would think all employers, and especially government employers, would want employees to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. Especially for employees whose job it is to ferret out wrongdoing, you might think that it's in the government's interest -- and taxpayers' interest as well -- to encourage those employees to do their jobs really well. Not according to a Supreme Court decision issued this week, however. The message to government employees from the Court's ruling in Garcetti v. Ceballos is that if you're a public employee whose job it is to uncover wrongdoing, you better not do that too well. Because if your employer isn't happy with those efforts and decides to retaliate, you might not have much in the way of recourse.
this week in the courts
Garcetti v. Ceballos  (U.S. Supreme Court; No. 04?473)
Decision Date: May 30, 2006
When public employees make statements pursuant to their official duties, they are not speaking as citizens for First Amendment purposes, and the Constitution does not insulate their communications from employer discipline.
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