Our Top 10 in Law Blogs has a new name—The Best of Law Blogging. With the addition of Alec Downing to our publishing team, we now have two different perspectives on what a good blog post looks like. This week’s collection features—of course—the new COVID-19 Action Plan alongside pizza and trademarks and the all-too-common zoom fatigue.

Michelle’s Picks

Coming Soon: Employers Required To Ensure Employees Are Vaccinated Or Regularly Tested – President Biden’s Sweeping COVID-19 Action Plan: What Employers Need to Know (US)

So many members of our community were on top of the news that came out yesterday regarding President Biden’s COVID-19 Action Plan. It was hard to select only one post to feature on the matter, but Melissa Legault and Daniel Pasternak provided same-day, informative coverage in this well-written blog post. They knocked out this longer, more-detailed post on the Plan and organized it in an accessible way, noting what specifically employers need to do and take notice of. Available at Squire Patton Bogg’s Employment Law Worldview.

How Zoom Fatigue May Be Blocking Your Relationship Development Efforts (And How to Fix It)

Lindsay Griffiths always knocks it out of the park, and this post is no exception. Zoom fatigue is a common feeling shared by many workers who had to transition to a remote workforce—causing online meeting after online meeting. But, she offers a more optimistic way to look at things and address the symptoms at hand. Her blog post is proactive, written for the medium and definitely was thought out strategically. Give it a read and see how you can mitigate some of the feelings from a heavily digital world. Available at International Lawyers Network’s Zen and the Art of Legal Networking.

Administrators, Not Ministers—Bostock Bars Discriminatory Termination of Drama Teacher at Catholic High School

A lot of legal blog posts on court cases can get weighed down with intense legal language, too many court citations and just overwhelming walls of text. That’s not the case for Amy Epstein Gluck‘s post here, which covers a case where a former drama teacher was fired after he announced on social that he and his male partner were getting married. She walks us through what happened in the case, sex discrimination, the “ministerial” exception and caps off the post with an employer takeaway. Her writing style is great and it’s easy to follow along what happened. Available at FisherBroyles’ FB Employment Discrimination Blog.


Alec’s Picks

The Case for Early-Stage Compliance

From the jump this post is engaging. Authors Miranda Hooker and Allison DeLaurentis start this post by using second-person point-of-view to put you in the shoes of Insys Therapeutics—a biotech startup that suffered the consequences of not focusing enough on compliance. They then provide clearly stated and practical advice for similar companies on how to avoid the same pitfalls and how to implement compliance programs early. Available at Troutman Pepper’s Regulatory Oversight.

Foreign COVID Vaccinations and Clinical Trials? What Employers Need to Know

Vaccine mandates are a staple topic of employment blogs these days. Fiona Ong, however, manages to find an issue that not many are talking about: what happens if an employee is vaccinated, but it’s not with Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson? Ong succinctly explains both the CDC guidance surrounding this and the current rules for employers. Available at Shawe Rosenthal’s The Labor & Employment Report.

And if you haven’t already, be sure to give Ong’s recent interview on This Week in Legal Blogging a listen for great blogging insights.

New York and Chicago-Style Pizza Wars: The Trademark Edition

This title certainly grabbed my attention—especially because I read it before my lunch break. Jennifer Yang gets into the details of two recent cases involving pizza—one a trademark battle between competing restaurants in New York and the other a feuding family in Chicago. She did a great job picking two compelling cases in a very specific topic and providing solid legal analysis. Available at Proskauer Rose’s Minding Your Business.

Photo of Michelle Newblom Michelle Newblom

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,

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.

Photo of Alec Downing Alec Downing

Alec is an intern on LexBlog’s publishing team where he creates content for the company’s various digital platforms. A former radio news anchor, Alec brings both a background in journalism and a passion for law. Alec has the eventual goal of attending law…

Alec is an intern on LexBlog’s publishing team where he creates content for the company’s various digital platforms. A former radio news anchor, Alec brings both a background in journalism and a passion for law. Alec has the eventual goal of attending law school—and of course—starting his own law blog. His writing has been published in The Seattle Times and Crosscut.