Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Everything you want to know about employee holiday pay (but are afraid to ask)

Yesterday I said that I’d be back next week, but then I checked the analytics for my site and noticed a huge spike for a post that digs deep into the archives: 8 things you need to know about holiday pay.

So, since tomorrow is Turkey Day, with most businesses closed, the magic of a quick cut-and-paste brings you everything you wanted to know about holiday pay for your employees.

For those of you who have Thursday and Friday off, enjoy your holiday weekend. Eat, drink, shop, be merry, and, most of all, enjoy your families and be thankful for all that you have.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Announcing my induction to the Blawg 100 Hall of Fame

Blawg 100 Hall of FameMost people assume that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame indicated seminal acts such as the Rolling Stones as part of the museum’s inaugural class. Those assumptions are wrong. The Stones did not earn their enshrinement until 1989, in the Hall’s fourth year.

I guess I’m the Rolling Stones of legal bloggers. Yesterday, the ABA Journal inducted me into its Blawg 100 Hall of Fame, in the fourth year the magazine has bestowed such an honor. It also marks my sixth consecutive (and last) honor in the Blawg 100. As a Hall of Famer, I’m required to stand aside for future Blawg 100 lists to make room for new blood.

Monday, November 23, 2015

One early unexpected result from the NLRB’s ambush election rules

The first six months of the NLRB’s ambush election rules have resulted in one expected result and one unexpected result.

On the expected front, the median time from the filing of a representation petition to the holding of an election has dropped nearly 40 percent, from 38 days to 23 days.

What is the unexpected result?

Friday, November 20, 2015

WIRTW #391 (the “headliner” edition)

In my never-ending quest to turn my legal blog into a promotional blog for my daughter’s nascent music career, I bring you the debut performance of this year’s School of Rock Jr. Headliners — Sunday, December 6, from 4 to 8 pm, at Coda (a new, and supposed very cool, music venue owned by Cleveland chef and restaurateur Dante Boccuzzi).

For the uninitiated, the Jr. Headliners is SoR’s audition-only band for kids 8th grade and under (there is another Headliner band for high schoolers, which will also be on the bill). Norah earned her spot on her vocal chops.

Here’s a tease from the band’s “preview” performance at SoR’s annual Halloween bash — Jet’s Are You Gonna Be My Girl.

My standing offer is still good. If you’re at the gig, say hi, and mention the blog, your next drink of choice is on me.

Here’s the rest of what I read this week:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

New workplace app raises old issues

At the beginning of 2015, I reported on the launch of a new app — Memo — which allowed employees to post anonymous comments or complaints about their workplaces. Microsoft has now joined the fray of workplace griping apps with one of its own, called Forum.

According to the app’s description, it “lets ideas thrive, facilitates open dialogue within organizations, and enables employees to freely express themselves.” More importantly, unlike Memo, Forum appears to be non-anonymous. From iMore: “Forum has apparently been designed primarily for businesses to give their employees a chance to speak their minds and connect with their fellow workers and executives.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The cost to defend a discrimination lawsuit (and can you do anything about it)

Two and a half years ago I asked, How much does it cost to defend an employment lawsuit? My answer:

The reality is that defending a discrimination or other employment lawsuit is expensive. Defending a case through discovery and a ruling on a motion for summary judgment can cost an employer between $75,000 and $125,000.

Oh, how I love to be right.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

John Oliver shares his thoughts on “Ban the Box” #ShouldWeBanTheBox

maxresdefaultOn September 30, the Ohio House passed the Fair Hiring Act, which would prohibit the State of Ohio from including on any employment application for a state job any question concerning the criminal background of the applicant. The measure is now being considered by Ohio’s Senate, which is separately considering a different bill that would apply the same prohibition to all Ohio employers, public and private.

I’ve previously shared my thoughts on this brand of legislation, known as “Ban the Box.” Short version—I’m not a fan.

Monday, November 16, 2015

We stand with France; we stand against discrimination

Photo by Jon Hyman, 8/6/15

What happened Friday evening in France is unfathomable. Except, really, it isn’t. We experienced it 15 years ago in New York City. And, in the aftermath of 9/11, discrimination against Muslims and Arabs increased by 250 percent.

From the EEOC:

Friday, November 13, 2015

WIRTW #390 (the “cards against HR” edition) @cardsHR

Have you ever played Cards Against Humanity? It’s a very adult version of Apples to Apples. I made the mistake of playing with my mom, and let’s just say that I learned some things that a child should never know about his mother, no matter their respective ages. Hilarious things, but, all things being equal, the laughs weren’t worth the memory scars.

HireVue, obvious fans of the game, came up with a fabulous promotional idea. They call it Cards Against HR, and my deck came in mail earlier this week. When I tweeted HireVue my love of its idea, they challenged me to post a picture of the best (or worst) hand I could come up with.

Well, HireVue, I am never one to shrink from a challenge.


Our diversity training is heavy on the <racial tension> and light on the <alcohol related incidents>.

Here’s the rest of what I read this week:

Thursday, November 12, 2015

What can go wrong when co-workers date? A lot.

5_15True confession time. I watch The Voice. It’s not like it’s at the top of my DVR, but, my remote always seem to stop on NBC between 8 and 10 on Monday and Tuesday nights. (My pick to win this season: Amy Vachal). So, when I heard that Team Shelton and Team Gwen had formed one team outside of work, I thought, “What a great opportunity to write a blog post on office romances.” (This is how the mind of blogger works).

What can do wrong with office romances? As it turns out, a lot. So, in the spirit of The Voice, here’s 10 reasons co-workers shouldn’t turn their chairs for each other.

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