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Whether you're trying to keep yourself healthy, keep young children and old relatives from getting sick, or you just need to do it for work, you might be thinking about getting a flu shot this year. But hey, it's already the middle of February and spring is right around the corner. So, do you really need one? Or is it already too late to get one?

Here's what you need to know.

Judge Reopens Teacher's Termination Lawsuit Over Authored Book

No Child Left Alive, a book authored by then-teacher Randy Turner, is at the heart of the lawsuit reopened by a Joplin, Missouri judge earlier this month. According to Turner, the title is merely a play on words, and the book is a satire on the state of public education in the United States.

According to the school district that fired him, the book contains obscene material, including profanity and graphic depiction of sexuality to children. Does such a firing violate Turner's First Amendment Rights to free speech? Now that a U.S. District Court judge has reopened the suit, we should soon find out.

Employee Terminated as Part of Systemic Layoff, Not Whistleblower Status

A Florida whistleblower claimed he was fired for alleging his boss chose to favor certain political customers over others when it came to restoring power after Hurricane Hermine. But the District Court judge disagreed, claiming there were plenty of other reasons to terminate his employment other than being a whistleblower, and the judge implied even that status was debatable.

Yes, You Can Still Be Fired for Medicinal Marijuana Use

A school in Waterbury, Connecticut hired, then fired, a music teacher after she admitted to being a card carrying medicinal marijuana patient. Now that music teacher is suing, and the issue may come down to timing.

Los Angeles Teachers Plan Strike After $1.8B Uncovered

Los Angeles Teachers and the Los Angles Unified School District (LAUSD) appear to be at an impasse in contract negotiations, and attempts to compromise, or even coexist, seem to be failing with each turn. Now the teachers have drawn a line in the sand, setting a date of January 10, 2019, for a strike, unless LAUSD can offer up terms it is willing to accept.

The holidays are coming up. (And so is flu season.) You might have some unused vacation days that will expire. You may have a new family member on the way, or you might just have a case of the Mondays. There are quite a few reasons you might need some time away from work, so when is it too late to ask your boss for that time off?

Most employers are free to set their own policies when it comes to time off requests, but here are some general rules, depending on the type of time off you're requesting.

Walking the tightrope of free speech, political opinions, and office culture is a challenging balancing act for any employer. Now imagine you're the federal government. On the one hand, the Constitution's First Amendment protections apply directly to you, more so than private employers. On the other, how do you keep politics out of anything you do?

The goal is to at least provide the appearance that civil servants are politically neutral. So you can't have federal employees participating in political campaigns or attempting to influence elections. And you certainly can't have them talking about the possible impeachment of the president or chatting publicly about "the Resistance."

Halloween. Thanksgiving. Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and who can forget National Bloody Mary Day? We're diving headlong into the holiday season, when we're going to want some time off work to celebrate.

Are we allowed to take time off? Can that time off be paid? And if we do work, can we get paid extra? What if we're one of the thousands of seasonal employees just brought in for the holiday rush? Here are the top five questions, and answers, regarding holiday work and the law.

You applied. You interviewed. They offered and you accepted. You might've signed a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement, and maybe you even got your first paycheck already. But, you're having second thoughts about your new job, and wondering if it's too late to walk out the door.

The good news is, it's probably not. The bad news is, the good news doesn't always apply.

A couple weeks ago, Uber drivers in the United Kingdom went on strike, seeking an increase in fares, a reduction of commissions owed to the ridesharing platform, and "employment conditions that respect worker rights for drivers, including the payment of at least the minimum wage and paid holidays." It's hard to imagine their American counterparts doing the same thing, mostly because recent court decisions in the U.K. have deemed drivers employees, rather than independent contractors, as they have been legally considered in the U.S.

As it turns out, this distinction matters when it comes to workers' rights to collective action against employees.