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Supreme Court outlook: 4 key employment cases to watch

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The U.S. Supreme Court historically starts new terms on the first Monday in October. This year, for the first time in three decades, it began work in September. Reason: to hear arguments on the campaign finance law.

But for businesses, the important employment law cases are still around the corner. Here's a look at four key cases the high court will tackle in the coming months:

ADA: Do you have to rehire ex-addicts?

Continuing a pattern of tackling its favorite employment law of late, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the court will examine whether an employer has an obligation to rehire a worker who originally lost his job because he tested positive for drugs. (Raytheon Co. v. Hernandez, No. 02-749)

The case: Joel Hernandez tested positive for cocaine in a random drug test. Rather than be fired, he resigned. Two years later, he reapplied with letters from a drug counselor and his pastor saying he w...(register to read more)

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