Employment Law Newsletter - Fall 2007, Vol. 2 Issue 3

Articles & Publications

October 1, 2007

The at-will doctrine has been a central tenet of American employment law for over a century. It has, however, experienced significant erosion as a result of judicial and legislative exceptions, leading some to predict its ultimate, and imminent, demise. In our first article, Peter Strelitz, David Walter, and Arturo Aviles examine this fateful prognostication.

John Dillenbeck follows with a discussion of Smith v. City of Jackson, Mississippi, and the Supreme Court's recognition of disparate impact age discrimination claims.  As John points out, though the decision expands the scope of potential relief available to employees under the ADEA, it leaves intact an array of defenses enabling employers to defeat such claims, or to avoid them altogether.

In our third article, Arturo Aviles provides an update on the Department of Homeland Security's rulemaking governing employer compliance responsibilities upon receipt of a "no-match" letter from the Social Security Administration.

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