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Thomas Wassel Quoted in the New York Law Journal Concerning Recent Lawsuit Regarding Blogger Denied Unemployment Benefits

January 4, 2017

Thomas B. Wassel, a Partner in the Firm's Labor and Employment and Commercial Litigation practice areas, was quoted in the New York Law Journal discussing the recent decision in the Appellate Division, Third Department, that left a blogger for the publication The Nation without state unemployment benefits after his contract was not renewed. The court found that the record showed a "lack of supervision and control" by The Nation's editors over the blogger’s writing for them, and thus determined that there was no employee-employer relationship.

Mr. Wassel, who often represents employers in labor matters but who was not involved in this lawsuit, noted that blogging is a type of professional engagement in the internet-based economy that requires a close examination by courts of existing rules about what constitutes employment. "Changing times require adaptation of old rules to new realities", Wassel said in an interview with the Law Journal on January 4, 2017.

The full article can be found at:  http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202776082861/Blogger-Whose-Contract-Ended-Is-Not-Due-Unemployment-Benefits-Court-Rules?mcode=1202615036097&curindex=1&curpage=ALL