Friday, December 15, 2017

WIRTW #488 (the “all harassment, all the time” edition)


As you’ll see below, sexual harassment has become such a big story that it’s (sadly) earned it’s own headlining category in my weekly recap of What I Read This Week. I am looking forward to the day (hopefully sooner rather than later) when I can delete it.

For now, sexual harassment continues to dominate the headlines, both general and employment law. This week, I guested on the Talent 10x podcast to discuss sexual harassment at Work in a Post-Weinstein World.


Here’s what I read this week:

Thursday, December 14, 2017

New OFCCP director inherits a criticized agency


If you are a federal contractor or subcontractor, the letters O-F-C-C-P hold real meaning for you. They stand for Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. It is the federal agency which ensures that employers doing business with the federal government (i.e., those holding federal contracts and subcontracts) comply with federal laws and regulations requiring nondiscrimination in employment, including their affirmative action obligations.

Yesterday, the OFCCP named Ondray T. Harris as its new Director.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Today is your last day to vote for the WORST EMPLOYER OF 2017


If you have not yet voted for the Worst Employer of 2017, your time is running very short. The polls close at 11 pm today.

Who is your favorite?

  • The Cancerous Boss — company fires employee who needs a 10-day leave of absence for cancer surgery; tells him she doesn’t “need people with cancer working in her office”
  • The Racist Boss — employer that gifts an African American employee a confederate flag purse as a Christmas gift after she had complained about harassment
  • The Horny Head of HR — employer ignores employee’s complaints about the HR head’s lascivious conduct and inappropriate text messages; tells him, “I hope you’re not going to sue me,” while nibbling on his ear

I’ll announce the big winner (or the big loser, depending on your perspective) next week.

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.