Daily Update for October 18, 2011
SCOTUS grants cert on federal employment jurisdiction issue
Yesterday the US Supreme Court granted certiorari in Elgin v. The Department of the Treasury, which raises the issue of whether the Civil Service Reform Act precludes federal district court from having jurisdiction over constitutional claims for equitable relief brought by federal employees. Read the entire story at LawMemo.com.
Connecticut Becomes First State to Mandate Paid Sick Leave
While many employees do enjoy some form of paid sick time, the law does not mandate that any paid sick leave be granted to employees… at least until now. Connecticut’s paid sick leave law (Senate Bill 913, Public Act 11–52) is set to become effective on January 1, 2012. The law will make Connecticut the first state to mandate paid sick leave for employees. You can read Jeffrey Mogan’s complete analysis of the new law at the Connecticut Labor & Employment Law Journal. Will other states follow?
Romney Legal Advisor Robert Bork: Women 'Aren't Discriminated Against Anymore'
Last August, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney announced former Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork as the co-chair of his "Judicial Advisory Committee." Bork's selection was a clear sign that, if elected, Romney will appoint hard right justices with little regard for how the Constitution protects ordinary Americans. Bork once described the federal ban on whites-only lunch counters as "unsurpassed ugliness." He believes that the government is free to ban contraception outright. And in a recent interview, he stated that he doesn’t believe that the 14th Amendment should protect women because they aren’t discriminated against anymore. Elections have consequences - every woman in the U.S. (and any man that cares about the rights of women) should think really hard about whether Mitt Romney is who they want picking judges in this country. Read the whole story here.