Illinois: More Employee-Friendly State Laws Likely

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

by Brian J. Kurtz, Ford & Harrison LLP

The headline grabber in Illinois was Republican Mark Kirk’s defeat over Alexi Giannoulias, the Democratic contender for the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

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Idaho: Last Democrat Standing Is Defeated

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

by J. Kevin West, Hall, Farley, Oberrecht & Blanton, P.A.

Before the election, Idaho’s four-member congressional delegation had two Republican senators and a representative from each party. The lone Democrat, Blue Dog Walt Minnick, lost to Raul Labrador, a Tea Party-endorsed underdog (and attorney), who pulled off the unexpected win against the incumbent.

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Hawaii: House of Blues After Democrat Sweep

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

by David Banks, Cades Schutte LLP

In Hawaii, Democrats swept their three congressional races while also returning a Democrat to the gubernatorial seat. Neil Abercrombie, the 10-term U.S. representative for the state’s First Congressional District, replaced two-term Republican Governor Linda Lingle.

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Georgia: Noncompetes Become More Salvageable

November 04, 2010 - by: Wendi Watts 0 COMMENTS

by David C. Hagaman, Ford & Harrison LLP

Republicans won every Georgia statewide office and picked up one congressional seat from the Democrats.

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Delaware: Tea Party Push Energizes Democrats

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

by William W. Bowser, Young Conaway, Stargatt & Taylor, LLP

Delaware voters soundly rejected the candidacy of Christine (“I am not a witch”) O’Donnell. Indeed, her campaign clearly energized the state’s democratic base, sweeping into office her opponent Chris Coons and Democratic candidates all the way down the ticket. This “blue wave” also enabled former Lt. Governor John Carney to win the race for Delaware’s sole U.S. House seat, formerly held by moderate Republican Mike Castle. Carney’s win represented a rare Democratic pickup in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Colorado: GOP House, Senate Greet New Democratic Gov

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

by Thomas E.J. Hazard, Holland & Hart LLP

Democratic Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper moves across the street from City Hall to the Capitol as Colorado’s new governor after handily defeating American Constitution Party candidate Tom Tancredo and Republican candidate Dan Maes.

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California: Marijuana Referendum Goes Down in Ashes

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

by Mark Schickman, Freeland Cooper & Foreman LLP

Politically, California bucked the national move to the right, reelecting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Barbara Boxer — two poster children for the perceived overreaches of the Obama administration.

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Arizona: Employment Legislation Pushed Aside

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

by Dinita L. James, Ford & Harrison LLP

Arizona voters surfed the national Republican wave, flip-flopping the party affiliation of its U.S. House delegation, putting every statewide office in Republican hands, and likely giving the GOP a supermajority in the Arizona Legislature when final vote tallies are in.

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Alaska write-in hopeful may take Senate seat

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by Thomas M. Daniel, Perkins Coie LLP

Alaska voters appear to have rejected Tea Party favorite and Sarah Palin-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Joe Miller in favor of write-in candidate Senator Lisa Murkowski. The write-in votes have yet to be counted, but they seem to be sufficient for Murkowski to claim victory.

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Top 10 List: Why Supervisors Do NOT Need Basic Legal Training

May 26, 2010 - by: HR Hero 1 COMMENTS

Please don’t read this list literally! Vermont employment law attorney Jeffrey Nolan with Dinse, Knapp & McAndrew had his tongue firmly planted in cheek when he first shared this list with listeners during a national audio presentation on performance evaluations earlier today.

Conference attendees asked us to send them a copy, and we thought you’d enjoy seeing it, too. So, with apologies to David Letterman, here is Jeff’s “totally sarcastic” top 10 list of reasons why employers should NOT do comprehensive legal issues training for supervisors. Drumroll, please!

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