Since you are reading this, you might be wondering things like, "Is this blog legal advice? Is this guy an expert in Labor and Employment Law? What qualifies this guy to write about these topics? Why is this guy writing this blog? Does this blog advocate political positions? What is the aim of the blog? Does this guy make money from this blog?" Those are all excellent questions and I'm glad that you might have wondered them.
(1) First of all, this blog is not intended to be taken as legal advice. Please don't rely on anything you see in this blog without consulting an attorney or (if you are an attorney) independently verifying any statements or conclusions that I make before relying on them. I especially do not recommend taking the animations as legal advice. There is only one animation worth taking advice from and his name is Lionel Hutz.
(2) I am not an expert as I am not Board certified in a specialty (Rules Regulating the Florida Bar, Rule 4.7), so please don't take what I say as legal advice (see point 1).
(3) Having read blogs by various bloggers over the years, I have noticed that one trait of a good blogger is to be able to say something about a wide range of topics, and that a more important trait is to never let a lack of knowledge or insight stand in the way of writing about a topic. I have both traits and thus, I feel that I have the qualifications to write this blog, but of course the lack of knowledge or insight takes me back to point 1.
(4) I started this blog primarily because I like writing about things whether or not I know about them (see points 3, 2, 1). I read and talk about labor and employment law issues a lot and figure that I might as well join the conversation. Additionally, and this is especially with the animations, I hope that the blog might help educate people about labor and employment laws. The animations can't always reflect exactly what happened in a case, but hopefully they highlight the issues and can spark discussion. The animations do not stand alone to educate and should be used as a tool by an educator (they are not legal advice, see point 1).
(5) I try to keep this blog from advocating for political causes, and I view "political causes" broadly. I try not to tell you what to think; I'd rather just suggest what you might think about. You might notice that I shy away from larger political controversies. For instance regarding the situation in Wisconsin, I noted in January that Republican controlled legislatures making changes to labor laws would be a story to follow in 2011. However, once the Wisconsin situation took place, I did not think that I had much to add in the way of facts or insight (see point 6) and so I have been silent.
(6) I hope that the blog provides useful facts, insight, or entertainment. If it can do all three, that's great, but if I provide one of the three I consider it a success. The blog does not contain legal advice (see point 1).
(7) I don't make any money through this blog. The reward is in seeing that pages have been viewed or videos have been watched. When someone links to the blog or emails it to their friends, that is particularly rewarding because I know that at least one other person thinks what I have said is worth the time to read - and if it was worth the time to read, it was worth the time to write.