Gerald D. Skoning

Gerald D. Skoning is a Chicago lawyer who specializes in labor and employment law.

A Remote Start Up From 13 Billion Miles Away

 

Imagine a sub-zero winter morning. You are worried your car might not start. You turn the ignition key and wait, and wait, and wait. For a total of 19 hours, 35 minutes, you wait to learn that your car has started. That’s the very scenario NASA scientists faced recently with the first U.S. spacecraft to […]

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The Holiday Containment Act

 

Holiday wreaths being hung in October? Santa Claus making appearances in November? Christmas music before Thanksgiving? Enough! I think we need a new federal law to rein in the expanding duration and outlandish excesses of the Christmas holiday season. Now, critics are sure to point out that our society is the most heavily regulated in the […]

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Intergalactic Gold Rush?

 

Astronomers recently announced that they had seen and heard a pair of neutron stars collide, giving scientists a glimpse of the violent process by which most heavy metals in the universe were created. Neutron stars are the smallest in the universe, with a diameter comparable to the size of a city like Chicago or Atlanta. […]

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Explanations of (Excuses for) Sex Harassment: Are They Relevant in Court?

 

As the national media spotlight continues to glare on Harvey Weinstein’s arrogant and shameful sexual misconduct (and possible criminal assault) and the “me too” social media campaign demonstrates the grotesque depth of the problem nationwide, a variety of questions swirl around the perplexing complexity of sexual harassment laws. Employment lawyers often are called upon to […]

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Remember the Brutal Air War in Vietnam

 

Ken Burns’ riveting documentary on the war in Vietnam stirred emotions and brought back haunting memories of a dark slice of our long national nightmare. One aspect of the war that received only passing coverage was the massive air war (largely one-sided) that raged throughout the campaign. During the war over 7 million tons of […]

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Our Compassion Reservoir Severely Tested

 

Images on the evening news in recent weeks, have been gut-wrenchingly sad. When Hurricane Harvey roared into Texas, flooding much of Houston and surrounding communities, my heart was broken to see refugees huddled in horror in shelters and evacuation centers. Then just days later I was overcome with compassion for those in the path of […]

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Nuclear Launch Protocols on a Hair Trigger

 

President Trump recently vowed that North Korea’s threats of nuclear war “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which the world has never seen before.” In response, North Korea fired back with a threat of its own. The Korean People’s Army claimed in a statement that it was looking into a […]

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U.S. Navy Awash in Tragic and Embarrassing Collisions at Sea

 

According to a Navy version of gallows humor, “A collision at sea can ruin your whole day.” Well, a corollary to that quip might be, “A series of collisions at sea can sink a fleet admiral’s career.” The commander of the Navy’s Asia-based 7th Fleet was dismissed recently after a series of warship accidents raised […]

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Eclipse Day 2017: A Day to Gaze Upward in Wonder and Awe

 

It was a day to remember and treasure for the ages. The path of solar eclipse “totality” ran across our nation from northwest Oregon to southeast South Carolina with multitudes gathered along the route to mark the occasion. Some were cheated as clouds rolled in obstructing their view of the solar spectacle. But most savored […]

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Eclipse Mania Snuffed

 

Thousands of astronomy buffs and amateur stargazers are spending thousands of dollars for the once in a lifetime opportunity to see a total eclipse of the sun. Unfortunately, there are no money back guarantees in astronomy and many may be sorely disappointed that, at the precise total eclipse moment, cloud cover will totally obscure the […]

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