Friday sure came around a lot quicker with the four-day work week. That just means it’s time for another Top 10 in Law Blogs and a chance to catch up on some of the biggest legal news. Whenever there are updates regarding COVID, that’s sure to capture some headlines and we saw an influx of posts regarding that topic this week. We have some other timely posts on New York’s HERO Act and employment law in other states.

Top 10

The number one tip on testifying in court

It can be scary to testify in court, and when you get anxious you’re bound to stumble over your words or not articulate yourself in the manner you’d like. Michael J Helfand has a great tip to keep in mind: only answer the question you are asked. His post, available at Illinois Attorney Referrals and Legal Guidance, offers an example of how a situation can go when you listen to his advice and when you don’t.

Not vaccinated yet? How about $100 for a shot? Updated EEOC guidance confirms employers can offer employees vaccination incentives (US)

Talk about a timely post. Daniel Pasternak took to blogging on Employment Law Worldview to cover the updated guidance on COVID-19 the same day it was announced. He bullets out the key things employers and employees are going to want to know—such as the allowance of vaccination incentives. Props to Daniel and Squire Patton Boggs for getting this useful information out to their audience the day of.

Making the workplace a safer place: A job for New York’s HERO Act

Great title here from Barbara Hoey and Maria Biaggi—an even better post too. The duo map out the requirements for New York employers planning on returning to the office and what the recently passed HERO Act means for these employers on Kelley Drye’s blog Labor Days. They use bullets and headers to make it scannable and easy to understand—focusing mostly on the required safety plans and committees.

5 quick tips to build better business relationships

Who doesn’t love tips on bettering business relationship—especially coming from Lindsay Griffiths. The International Lawyers Network’s executive director lists five different steps anyone can take to at least begin advancing their relations. She ends her helpful post with a question for her readers, encouraging feedback and beginning a larger conversation. Check out her tips on Zen and the Art of Legal Networking.

Innovation in law

Here’s an interesting, uplifting post from Ronda Muir. The legal world can often be shrouded in law suits and issues, but her post shines a light on the innovation its capable of as well. She writes on how Ontario and Utah and Arizona and plenty of other places are making forward strides. The second half of the post—published on Law People—focuses on the importance of collaboration and emotional intelligence

New federal guidance: Employers may offer incentives for vaccination

Tiffany Hendricks also covers the new COVID-19 related guidance in a proactive fashion. Though it’s on the longer side, it’s organized and laid out well. With so much new information, she utilizes bullets to sum things up and bold headers to draw attention to specific points. This works to move the post along and overall it’s a great example of an informational piece. Check it out on Akerman’s HR Defense blog.

DOJ again uses money laundering statutes to charge alleged foreign corruption scheme — this time in Brazil

Ballard Spahr’s Brian Kearney does a great job recounting a money laundering scheme that went down in Brazil. He cites quite a few reputable sources and adds bits and pieces of his own commentary. While this is a specific issue he’s looking at, towards the end of the post he zooms outward and looks at the DOJ as a whole and how this situation relates to other things they’ve blogged about on Money Laundering Watch.

Virginia adopts new laws effective July 1 that continue to transform the employment landscape

Reed Smith has been following changes to Virginia employment law for awhile on their Employment Law Watch blog. Now that some of these are starting to go into effect, Betty Graumlich and Noah Oberlander are here to remind employers of the changes starting July 1. They use headers to separate the post into sections, allowing readers to easily locate the information that’s going to be most relevant to them.

Managing cybersecurity and privacy risks in vendor engagements

Craig Foster‘s post is a great example of writing in a casual, easy to understand voice. It’s also clear that it is written with clients in mind, as he bullets out expectations that vendors and providers should keep in mind in regards to the SEC. He offers a few key pieces of advice, great takeaways for anyone reading, on Thompson Hine’s blog, Source Code.

Federal computer hacking law limited – what it means for the workplace

In a quick turnaround, Jason Shinn authors an informative post on an update to the federal computer hacking law just a day after the ruling. He cites justices on the ruling and chimes in with his own thoughts as well—applying this update directly to the workplace. He ends the post on a “closing thoughts” section, a great way to sum up the central ideas and take a look at what’s to come. Check out the post in its entirety on Michigan Employment Law Advisor.

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Michelle works on LexBlog’s Publishing team and assists in managing and creating the company’s editorial and social content, as well as working with clients to ensure the overall success of their blogs. She has experience working in all different realms of publishing—including newspapers, magazines and research journals. Michelle has published a poetry book and been featured in an anthology.