Friday, September 22, 2017

WIRTW #477 (the “just another brick in the wall” edition)

I had a whole post written about Norah’s punk show last weekend, and how her performance awed me.

Then this happened yesterday.

At 2:54 pm I received the following email from the School of Rock general manager:
Major Minors! Roger Water’s people just contacted us, they need 10-12 kids aged 10-15 tonight to be on stage for a section of the show (the we don’t need no education part). This is going out to you guys.… I need to know NOW.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Is LGBT discrimination finally coming to a head?

Two stories this week caught my attention:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The 20th nominee for the “worst employer of 2017” is … the nepotism harasser

Just when I think I’ve hit rock bottom with my survey of the year’s worst employers…

The EEOC reports that it has sued an Illinois IHOP franchisee for sexual harassment. While the allegations are bad, what makes this case worse is the allegation that the store owner ignored his employees’ complaints because the accused harasser was a close relative.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

What it’s like to be sued by your employee

When you litigate, you’re losing.

This is an odd statement for a litigator to make. But it’s true.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The 19th nominee for the “worst employer of 2017” is … the pizza punisher

Your 19th nominee for the worst employer of 2017 is a Jacksonville, Florida, Pizza Hut franchisee that threatened its employees if they skipped work because of Hurricane Irma.

Friday, September 15, 2017

WIRTW #476 (the “… punk rocker” edition)

Genetics is a funny thing. We have no idea where Norah got her musical chops, as neither my wife nor I are anywhere close to what one would call musical.

Consider this, however. Joey Ramone’s real name was Jeffrey Hyman. Could this be the source of Norah’s musical chops (and her height)?

My dad says not to count on it. I’m holding out hope.

Norah will be doing her punk thing this Sunday and next Saturday at Slim and Chubby’s, 5 pm and 3 pm, respectfully. D-man precedes her at 3 pm (Sunday) and 1 pm (next Saturday) playing some Beatles tunes. 

Here’s what I read this week:


HR & Employee Relations

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The more things change … the NLRB and Weingarten rights for non-union employees

Today, a joke.

“How is the National Labor Relations Board like the weather?”

“I don’t know, Jon, how?”

“If you don’t like either, just wait and they’ll change.”


Not my best material, I know. But, it does illustrate an important point, driven home by an Advice Memo [pdf] just released by the NLRB Office of General Counsel on the issue of Weingarten rights for non-union employees.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The 18th nominee for the “worst employer of 2017” is … the pumping preventer

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a six-figure verdict in favor of a Stephanie Hicks, a former narcotics task force investigator for the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, police department. She sued, and won, after her former employer refused to permit her to pump her breast milk after returning from maternity leave.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A refresher on pre-employment medical examinations

Do you require medical exams of applicants before they start working for you? If so, do you know the rules that the ADA requires you follow?

Last month, the EEOC settled a lawsuit it brought against a Florida staffing firm for alleged unlawful pre-employment medical exams under the ADA, which serves as a good reminder for employers of these rules.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Where is the line between lawful (but awful) bullying and unlawful harassment?

Consider the following allegations of sexual harassment levied by Pamela Daniels, a secretary in the Pike County Prosecutor’s Office, against her boss, County Prosecutor Charles Robert Junk.

And then let’s answer the age-old question—lawful (but awful) bullying or unlawful harassment?

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