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Three highlights of my weekend:

  1. This sword-balloon fight at dinner on Saturday.
  2. Eagles sign Tim Tebow. Because, what could possibly go wrong by reuniting this with this in Philadelphia?
  3. Catching up on the pilot of the new FX show, The Comedians. I’m all in.

Honorable mention — ok, better than the balloon fight and the Tebow signing, but not quite #3 — was catching up with the latest edition of the Employment Law Blog Carnival, which my friends at CPEhr’s Small Biz HR Blog hosted this month.

I love the #ELBC. Well, I did invent it. But, besides that, it’s a great collection of the latest from employment-law bloggers from around the country. This month’s edition includes posts on FMLA eligibility, a nice recap of Young v. UPS, medical marijuana, and your workplace kitchen. So, be sure to check it out.

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One of the great things about having my own blog is the ability to share and engage with my readers in a number of relatable ways. Mostly, it’s through a casual — some may say snarky — discussion of trending legal issues affecting the workplace.

But, every once in while, I like that we can take a different path together and share personal stories. Whether fueled with joy or sorrow, these “off-topic” posts are what make this forum special.

Today, I want to share with you an update on a special little boy: Shane Metzgar.

Last year, at about this time, I blogged about the story of the Metzgar family, great friends of mine whose youngest of three was diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, an extremely rare form of cancer which kills 9 out of 10 children afflicted.

Over the past year, Shane went through dozens of rounds of chemotherapy, surgeries, and other treatments to fight cancer. Still shy of his second birthday, Shane’s strength and endurance helped give his family, his mom, dad, two older siblings, grandparents, uncles, aunts, etc., the strength to support his battle.

Sadly, Shane Metzgar passed away Monday. A fighter to the end who recently earned his Mickey ears from a trip to Disney World, Shane died at home, where he was embraced in love, support, and pride. Emily Babay at Philly.com has an article on Shane’s story. Shane’s parents, who are donating Shane’s tumors to the Keller Research Center, with the goal of finding more information about his type of rare cancer, also have a Facebook Page. That page chronicles the life and times of this young, smiling warrior. It’s also where I learned yesterday that Shane got in a proper middle-finger tribute to cancer.

Although Shane succumbed to this horrible disease, he did not “lose” to cancer. Both Shane and his story have helped spotlight this terrible disease. The Metzgars have also set up a foundation, called Shane’s Future Days, to raise awareness  — which you can also do by sharing this post on social media, or just emailing it to a family member, friend, or co-worker. Shane’s Future Days will also raise money for rhabdomyosarcoma research, and help families affected by cancer. If you’d like to donate, click here.

We’ll never forget you, little boy.

R.I.P. Shane Metzgar.

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One week ago today, a Germanwings plane carrying 150 people crashed and killed everyone on board. Since then, there is mounting evidence that the co-pilot, who was in great physical shape, was also suffering from mental illness which caused him to deliberately steer Flight 9525 into the French Alps.

Why didn’t Germanwings taken preventative steps? Apparently, the co-pilot hid his mental illness from his employer.

Three days after the Germanwings catastrophe, a former JetBlue airline pilot, who was locked out of the cockpit and had to be subdued by passengers, filed this lawsuit in federal court against his former employer.  He claims that the airline was negligent because it knew or should have known that he was “physically and mentally unfit to fly.” Continue reading

Got a busted bracket in your HR Department’s NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket pool?

Oh, riiiiiiiiiight. What bracket pool? I must be talking about that other company, the one with low-flow poop-stained toilets and the non-conforming employee handbook. #realtalk

Well, according to this CareerBuilder.com survey, 1 in 7 US workers planned to fill out a bracket in an NCAA Tourney office pool. Most likely to participate would be the folks in IT (40%), with senior management 50% more likely to participate than entry-level employees. Continue reading

Welcome, everyone, to the February 2015 edition of the Employment Law Blog Carnival. For those who don’t know, the ELBC, as we like to call it, is a monthly installment of the latest and greatest from the employment-law blogosphere. Each month, a different host and a different theme.

In January, Doug Hass at Wage & Hour Insights brought you the Employment Law Blog Carnival: Awards Season Edition (here). Given the shaft The Expendables III took both from the Academy and the ELBC, after the jump, I’m ready to unleash the thunder…

“They drew first blood, not me.” [John Rambo; First Blood]

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On the heels of the excuses we’ve been hearing this week from meteorologists on the east coast about the transformation of Snowmageddon to #Snowperbole…

— well, at least one weatherperson owned it

…What better way to end the week than with a list of creative excuses; namely, CareerBuilder.com’s top 10 from its recent Most Bizarre Late-to-Work Excuses survey. While “I got jammed up at a pajama-jammy-jam” didn’t make the list, here’s what did:

  • I knocked myself out in the shower.
  • I was drunk and forgot which Waffle House I parked my car next to.
  • I discovered my spouse was having an affair, so I followed him this morning to find out who he was having an affair with.
  • Someone robbed the gas station I was at, and I didn’t have enough gas to get to another station.
  • I had to wait for the judge to set my bail.
  • There was a stranger sleeping in my car.
  • A deer herd that was moving through town made me late.
  • I’m not late. I was thinking about work on the way in.
  • I dreamed that I got fired.
  • I went out to my car to drive to work, and the trunk had been stolen out of it.

What’s the best late-for-work excuse you’ve heard from one of your employees? And who ya got Sunday in the Super Bowl? Let me know in the comments below…

Have a nice weekend.

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Over the past few days, there’s been a lot of buzz going around the HR-interwebz a/k/a the hella-best part of the ‘net. The buzz was that The Employer Handbook went back-to-back and claimed the 2014 ABA Blawg100 honors by getting the most readers votes as top labor and employment law blog. For example…

Friends, I appreciate the love. However, let’s congratulate this year’s winner: Seyfarth Shaw’s California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog. Well done, dudes!

Besides, it’s an honor just to be nominated.

Translation: Three days left in 2014 and Meyer doesn’t have it in him to put together an original post for you.

Fortunately, you guys continue to dig the other bazillion days of original content. As The Employer Handbook approaches its 4th birthday — if you’re thinking of a proper gift, find the one that blogs for me too and I’ll dedicate a week’s worth of posts to you — our 2014 numbers were staggering! The site had almost 150,000 users (up 30% from 2013). Those folks viewed 289,560 pages.

Here were the most clicked posts of 2014:

5. Sixth Circuit redefines the “workplace” when considering attendance as an ADA essential job function
4. Yes, you can fire an employee who discloses a disability at his termination meeting
3. An orgasm on a treadmill explodes an employee’s FMLA claim
2. Wages aren’t confidential, you guys. Your employees can discuss them.
1. Daughter’s Facebook post costs dad $80k employment settlement

Most creative Google search which landed someone on my blog is a tie between “achy breaky pelvis” (1 user), “how to screw your employer” (3 users), www.bigfatass.com (9 users), and “naked twister” (14 users).

At least my readers have their priorities straight.

Because I love you guys, I’ll probably be back tomorrow and Wednesday with new posts.