an update for the week of july 10, 2006
today's workplace: the employee rights blog
Leaving the Office Time-Space Continuum Behind at Warp Speed: Working 9 to 5: it's a movie, it's a song, but could it soon be a thing of the past? What a few years ago might have seemed unfathomable is now being actively explored, as employers consider whether to discard regular work schedules and fixed office locations in favor of more creative solutions. While it may be a while before showing up at the same office at the same time every day is a complete anomaly, it's also more than just science fiction at this point, which is probably a positive development for American workers.
this week in the courts
Chaplaincy of Full Gospel Churches v. England  (D.C. Circuit; No. 05-5143)
Decision Date: July 7, 2006
In a suit brought by current and former Navy chaplains alleging that the Navy unconstitutionally established and maintained a religious quota system for the promotion, assignment, and retention of Navy chaplains that disadvantaged chaplains of non-liturgical Protestant faiths, a district court's judgment denying preliminary injunctive relief is vacated where plaintiffs satisfied the requisite showing of irreparable harm for an Establishment Clause violation.
Loving v. Johnson  (Fifth Circuit; No. 05-10679)
Decision Date: July 7, 2006
A prisoner doing work in or for a prison is not an "employee" under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is thus not entitled to the federal minimum wage.
Dark v. Curry County  (Ninth Circuit; No. 04-36087)
Decision Date: July 6, 2006
Summary judgment for defendant-employer on a claim by an epileptic heavy-equipment operator for a county road department under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is reversed pursuant to claims that there were genuine issues of material fact which entitled plaintiff to a jury trial, specifically, with respect to: 1) the reason given for his termination; 2) his qualifications; and 3) whether he was a "direct threat" to his fellow employees.
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