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In Memoriam: Former Chief Justice Robert M. Givan

In Memoriam: Former Chief Justice Robert M. Givan

August 31, 2009 by Editor

The Justices and staff of the Indiana Supreme Court were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Justice Richard Givan.  His public service to the State of Indiana included 26 years as a jurist on the high court, including nearly 13 years as Chief Justice.  In addition to his remarkable legal career, he is [...]

Commencement Speakers, New Judge and Staff

June 30, 2009 by Editor

Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard
South Bend—University of Notre Dame at this year’s Commencement exercises awarded Chief Justice Shepard with an Honorary Degree. Evansville—Chief Justice Shepard delivered the Commencement Address to the 2009 graduates of the University of Evansville and he was awarded an Honorary Degree.
Justice Robert D. Rucker
Valparaiso—Justice Rucker served as the Commencement Speaker for [...]

You Can’t Always Get What You Want, But if You Ask the Right Questions, You Get What You Need

June 30, 2009 by Editor

Asking the right questions in an employment interview is similar to asking questions on voir dire.  In voir dire you want information, but you must question potential jurors in a calming and non-embarrassing way.  In a job interview you need to get information relevant to the job, but the questions have to be framed so [...]

Supreme Court Clerk Staff Move Back to State House Offices

Supreme Court Clerk Staff Move Back to State House Offices

December 31, 2008 by Editor

Construction projects always cause some disruptions even in the best of cases, and sometimes they involve actual cases.  When the contractors began renovating the offices of the Clerk of the Supreme Court in the State House this summer the staff had to find a new home.  Lawyers continued to file appeals and the cases and [...]

The First Amendment and At-Will Employment

December 31, 2008 by Editor

The election of 2008 is over and what an enthralling and exciting year this was for our nation.  Many worked for, or volunteered for, their candidate of choice. Some, like me, may have yearned to contribute and work for the success of their favorite candidate, but could not because of their employment.  I didn’t contribute [...]

Workplace Bullies Beware

October 31, 2008 by Editor

A recent Indiana Supreme Court case, Raess v. Doescher, 883 N.E. 2d 790 (Ind. 2008), has really grabbed the interest of employment lawyers across the nation.  In a national phone-in seminar last month on “New Trends in Employment Law,” a panel of legal experts spent considerable time discussing the case.
Enter “workplace bully” in any search [...]

A Primer on the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

August 31, 2008 by Editor

It is hard to believe because it is so ingrained in the workplace vocabulary, but 2008 is the fifteenth anniversary of the enactment of the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA).  FMLA questions dominate inquiries from the courts about employment law.  There are some basic questions about FMLA.
Does FMLA apply to every employer?
No.  It only [...]

Employees: Exempt or Non-Exempt

Employees: Exempt or Non-Exempt

June 30, 2008 by Editor

The difference between exempt and non-exempt employees was briefly mentioned in the last issue’s article on the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The FLSA, 29 U.S.C. § 201 et seq., requires that most employees be paid for every hour worked.  Further, if an employee has worked more than forty hours in one week, normally the employee [...]

To Judicial Employers: How to Protect Yourself From FLSA Liability

April 30, 2008 by Editor

The Fair Labor Standards Act requires that most employees be paid for every hour worked, and be paid time and a half for every hour worked over forty hours in a week.  There are limited exceptions to this rule.  One of the exceptions is that government employers are allowed to substitute compensatory time off instead [...]

Change of Venue: Court Offices Move to New Location

Change of Venue: Court Offices Move to New Location

December 31, 2007 by Editor

A change of venue has been granted for the Division of State Court Administration and the Judicial Technology and Automation Committee, Board of Law Examiners, Disciplinary Commission, Judicial Center, and the Commission for Continuing Legal Education. More than 150 court employees and contractors in these five Supreme Court agencies will soon have a new home [...]

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