For the third year in a row, I'm thrilled to submit to our readers what I consider to be the best of the best when it comes to employment law blogs. Since this is the third year I've published this list, and practice does make perfect, I've imposed a few more rules this time around. The "rules" and more details about those on this year's list are found below but, first, . . . drumroll, please. . . the winners . . .
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Update (Dec. 20, 2010, 12:50 p.m.)
Thanks to the readers who noted some of the excellent blogs (current and up-and-coming), that I failed to include. Be sure to add these to your feed reader, as well:
FMLA Insights, by Francezek Radelet
Labor Relations Today, by Seth Borden, @LRToday
The BELG Blog, by Hirsch Roberts Weinstein, LLP
Additions to the "Up & Coming" Group:
Castronovo & McKinney, LLC, Tom McKinney
Colorado Employer's Law Blog, Jennifer Gokenbach at Ogeltree Deakins
Employment and Labor Insider, Robin Shea, Constangy Brooks & Smith
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First, employee- and employer- side blogs were eligible, as they have been in the past. And you'll notice that some excellent employee--side blogs have made it into the list.
Second, I did include Canadian blogs but made the standard a bit higher for our blogging brothers and sisters to the North so as to keep the list as U.S. focused as possible.
Third, and this was the hardest, I only included blogs that have posted in the last two months. There were some blogs that I really wanted to include that had not posted since the summer. So, to be fair, I excluded them from the list--this year only, of course--they're eligible now to be included next year.
And, fourth, I only included blogs written by lawyers, legal professionals, or from a legal perspective. Non-lawyer consultants account for less than 10 of the blogs on this year's list and each of those write consistently on legal issues.
The Importance of Sharing (i.e., What the "Groups" Mean)
This year, I also decided to take a stand on something that drives me slightly buggy--blogs without blogrolls. I'll be honest, I think it's a little selfish. Ok, so there, I said it. I think it's selfish for a blogger to ignore the community that is the blogosphere by not recognizing his or her fellow bloggers via a blogroll. I do realize that the decision often belongs to the firm and not the individual blogger--some firms are reoffenders in this department--and so I don't want to place all the blamed with just the blogger. Which is why I didn't make having a blogroll a criteria for inclusion. Well, that, and I wouldn't have even close to 100 blogs!
So, what you'll see below is the list of the top 100 (plus a few), separated into 3 groups. The first group includes blogs that have a blogroll that includes DELB. The second group has a blogroll that, in my opinion, is missing one (namely, us!). And the third group includes those blogs that, for whatever reason, don't have a blogroll.
And, one last thing. I wanted the list to be as readable as possible but, at the same time, wanted to give readers the name of the blog author and firm and, where applicable, the author's Twitter handle. But that was just too much information to put on a single (readable) page. So, as a compromise, I've listed the name of the blogs below, which are hyperlinked to the blogs themselves. Then, I've attached a spreadsheet (pdf) containing all of the data, including the blog name, author name (hyperlinked to their Twitter handle if available), and the firm name.
Up & Coming
There are 4 blogs I that I thought worthy of mention but that have not been around long enough to make the official Top 100. For those long-time readers of The Word on Employment Law, don't be confused that I have that listed in this category. Many of you may know that our beloved John Phillips, Jr., accepted an in-house counsel position earlier this year and that his former colleagues have stepped into the role of blogger at The Word. So, although the blog itself is hardly new, without John's voice, it is certain to be a different, albeit surely wonderful, blog.
Didn't Make This Year's List?
If you're not on the list, don't be shy--leave your blog's info as a comment. I'll add it to my feed reader and hopefully add it to next year's list.
And One Last Thing. . .
If you haven't already voted in this year's ABA Journal's Top 100 Blawgs, there's still time left. You'll find all five of the honorees in the In Labor category, including Delaware Employment Law Blog, on the Top 100 Employment Law Blog list.
So be sure to jump over to the ABA Journal, register, and vote for your favorite--particularly if your favorite is us!
Congratulations to all 100 of this year's best employment law blogs!