Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Did you miss the Employment Law Year in Review webinar? Today is your lucky day.

Last week, I had the pleasure of presenting, along with four other “top employment law bloggers” (at least according to Corporate Counsel), plus the Evil HR Lady herself, Suzanne Lucas, a webinar entitled the “Employment Law Year in Review.”

Response was much higher than anticipated for this event, so much so that we had to turn people away. I hate turning people away.

So, we decided to make the webinar recording available for everyone to enjoy.

Monday, December 11, 2017

It’s not #MeToo that’s killing your office holiday party; it’s your workplace culture

Last week, Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked if the #MeToo movement is ruining the office holiday party.

“Is the #MeToo movement becoming a spoiler for this season’s Christmas parties? … I can see this year it might a little less festive. No alcohol and no fun and no lampshades and no nothing, and, I don’t know, maybe that’s better. Is this just killing all the fun of Christmas?”

Friday, December 8, 2017

WIRTW #487 (the “(no) regrettes” edition)

One of my absolute favorite things to do is taking Norah to concerts. 

Wednesday, I’m taking her to a punk show.

SWMRS / The Interrupters / The Regrettes.

I have no doubt that I will be one of the oldest people there, maybe by a couple of decades. And, I don’t care a lick.

I love their music. I love being able to experience it with my daughter. And I’ll continue to love doing it for as long as she wants to hang with Dad at a concert.

So, if you find yourself at the Agora Wednesday night, look for us up in front of the stage. That’s where Norah likes to be, and I’ll be bouncing right next to her.

And, if you don't know The Regrettes, check them out. They might be the opener, but they are the band I am most excited to see.

What do you do to keep yourself feeling young? Share in the comments below.

Here’s what I read this week:

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I am honored to have been the first ever guest on the Hostile Work Environment podcast

Have you cast your vote yet for the Worst Employer of 2017?

Whether your answer is “Yes,” “Not yet”, or “What are you talking about,” I recommend you listen to the latest installment of the Hostile Work Environment podcast (available today).

I was honored be the first guest ever on what has quickly become one of my favorite podcasts. (Thanks to Marc and Dennis!)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions — NLRB-style

Have you started thinking about your New Year’s resolutions for 2018?

The NLRB’s newly minted general counsel, Peter Robb, has, and employers will be very happy.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Is this the worst harassment training video of all time, or is it the best?

Much of the news lately has focused on how we, as employers, can do a better job training and otherwise educating our employees about workplace harassment.

So, I ask—is this parody the worst harassment training video of all time, or, is it so bad, that it’s actually the best training video?

I think I’m leaning towards the latter—that this video is so brilliant in its awfulness that it might just make a really good training tool, or least part of great compliance and education program.

What do you think?

Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Our harassment laws are not the reason for our sexual harassment problem

Last week, the New York Times ran an Op-Ed titled, Boss Grab Your Breasts? That’s Not (Legally) Harassment.

It argues that our lax sexual harassment laws, and the courts that apply them, are responsible for our current workplace harassment problems.

Friday, December 1, 2017

WIRTW #486 (the “all apologies” edition)

Accused of sexual harassment? Don’t know what to do?

Thankfully, the Celebrity Perv Apology Generator has you covered.

As the father of daughters, I am deeply ashamed (but not “sorry” because that means I’m guilty of something). At the time I believed that my sociopathic manipulation of the 22-year-old in my office was consensual, and of course now I realize my behavior was wrong. In conclusion, I will get the help I so desperately need because this isn’t actually my fault, I have a problem so I’m not responsible for my actions.
(I’ll take this over Matt Lauer’s “apology” 10 times out of 10; at least this one is honest.)

Thank you, Dana SchwartzRob Sheridan, and Scott McCaughey, from bringing some much needed levity to an otherwise awful situation.

Here’s what I read the past two weeks:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

How not to harass women, in one easy step

Last night we went to dinner at our favorite local restaurant. Donovan ordered his favorite dish—gluten free penne alfredo. He is not a great eater. Usually, despite this dish’s “favorite” status, he will eat two bites and proclaim, “I’m full.” Last night, the general manager, who was covering chef duties, decided to have a little fun at D-Man’s expense. Instead of a full plate of pasta, he sent a small dish with two lonely noodles. We howled. Donovan was not amused. We explained that sometimes teasing is an expression of affection, which was the category into which this little joke fell.

I’m happy to report that Donovan got over the good-natured joke, and, for the first time I can recall, cleared his full plate (after it was delivered to the table).

That was funny.

What’s not funny?

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Worst Employer of 2017: The Finalists

I started this journey all the way back on January 12, 2017, in a post discussing an employer who fired a man absent while attending his son’s birth.

This poll of the year’s worst employers seemed like a fun way to illustrate how employers shouldn’t act. Your response suggests that I might be on to something.

Almost one year and nearly 600 votes later, we’ve cut the 23 nominees down to these three finalists (in alphabetical order):