In This Issue of Indiana Lawyer

AUG. 18-31, 2021

Redistricting is the hot topic in the legislative world right now, and Hoosiers are making sure they stay plugged in. IL senior reporter Marilyn Odendahl reports. Meanwhile, new data indicates younger lawyers are feeling the pinch of the last 18 months. Learn more from IL reporter Katie Stancombe. Katie also dives into the nationwide staffing shorting in the Employment Law Focus — read her story here. All this and more is in the Aug. 18, 2021, issue of The Indiana Lawyer.

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Finding solid ground: Young lawyer well-being suffers after 2020

According to Bloomberg Law’s Attorney Workload and Hours report from Q1 of 2021, well-being declined among attorneys, particularly those who have practiced for less than seven years. The study was the second iteration of the Attorney Workload and Hours Survey, which focused on lawyers’ experiences with job satisfaction and well-being in 2020.

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Molter continues family legal legacy on Court of Appeals

Private practitioner Derek Molter has been chosen as the newest Indiana Court of Appeals judge. Indiana’s governor selected Molter, a partner at Ice Miller LLP and a leader of the firm’s appellate practice, to succeed Judge James Kirsch,  who is retiring  from the 15-member Indiana Court of Appeals in September.

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NLRB decision creates union decertification limbo

A handful of laborers in northwest Indiana who want to oust their union are instead having to cool their heels because, their attorney says, the National Labor Relations Board is not following the new rule it finalized last year specifically meant to prevent delays in votes on union representation.

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Macchia: Are noncompetes standing on shaky ground?

Over the last 18 months we have seen drastic changes in this country’s employment laws as a result of the pandemic, including new and updated laws and regulations related to sick leave, unemployment compensation and employee safety requirements. One change that has been mostly overshadowed by the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, and its impact on the employment area, is a shift in the use and the enforceability of noncompetition agreements.

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Kilies and Simonton: Military leave and employee rights to reemployment

The Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act provides various protections to service members; most notably, the act requires employers to reemploy employees returning from military service. It is important to understand the basic requirements of the act, as failure to comply with them could expose an employer to claims for lost wages, lost benefits and attorney fees.

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Boshkoff: Preliminary and postliminary activities under the FLSA

In March, the 7th Circuit ruled that members of the Chicago Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics Unit were not entitled to minimum wage or overtime compensation for off-duty time they spent storing their rifles and gear in their homes. The ruling provides clarification of preliminary and postliminary work activities and the “continuous workday rule” under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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IndyBar: Indianapolis Bar Association Statement on Judicial Criticism

Silence by the judiciary to public criticism is not a sign of acquiescence, indifference, or disdain regarding the opinions asserted, but rather is a symbol of the judiciary’s steadfast respect for the rule of law and commitment to judicial ethics. It is inappropriate for a judge to debate the merits of a pending case in the press or on social media.

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