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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Would you boycott a business based on the candidate it supports?

Over the weekend I got into an interesting discussion on Twitter with a couple of my favorite musicians, Brendon Benson and Caitlin Rose. Here's the question:

I'd like to expand this topic further and ask, Would you boycott a business based on the candidate whom it (or more accurately, its owner) supports for president in this election? 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

PLEASE don’t tell your employees which candidate to vote for

This post at the Evil HR Lady Facebook group caught my attention yesterday:

Florida company's president warns employees their jobs could be in danger if Trump loses election

Monday, October 19, 2020

Coronavirus Update 10-19-2020: The 10th nominee for the “worst employer of 2020” is … the callous car dealer

I continue to shake my head at the callousness of employers during this pandemic. Consider this example from The Oregonian, which earns its spot as the 10th nominee for the Worst Employer of 2020.  
A finance manager at a used car dealership in Portland was fired by his boss during a staff meeting for questioning the company’s alleged cover-up of a coronavirus cluster, a lawsuit claims.  

Friday, October 16, 2020

Coronavirus Update 10-16-2020: The benefit of being prepared

When you get the call, you better be prepared. This maxim holds true in business, in the law, and in life in general.

Our favorite local wine bar has been hosting outdoor, socially distant concerts since shortly after the State of Ohio allowed it to reopen. Last Friday, their booked artist canceled last minute, which led to a 4:00 pm phone call for Norah to fill in. 

I had to quickly work through the stress of a 14-year-old who did not know if she could pull off a three-hour solo gig on 90 minutes' notice. I reminded her that she's spent the last six months writing originals and playing covers in her bedroom, in the backyard, and on Zoom for the Rockin' the Suburbs "Friday Night Hootenanny." Thus, she made her setlist, we packed her gear into the car, and off we went.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate

An employee suffers an injury that prevents her from operating a motor vehicle. With no means of transportation to travel to and from her workplace, the employee calls off work, believing that her absences were excused. They weren't, and the employer fires her for excessive absences.

She sues, claiming disability discrimination, in part because of the company's failure to accommodate her inability to drive.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Coronavirus Update 10-14-2020: Reporting an employee who tests positive

When an employee tests positive, an employer has certain reporting obligations. These obligations fall into two categories—reporting to OSHA and reporting to your state or local health agency under state law.


While OSHA has remained largely silent on mandates for businesses related to COVID-19, it has published specific guidance on when an employer must record and report COVID cases at work.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Coronavirus Update 10-13-2020: You are doing something very, very wrong if your employees are terrified to come to work

According to Deadspin, NFL players are terrified of COVID, but are afraid to speak up for fear of angering the NFL.

"I looked at my son. I looked at my family, and I just didn't think it was worth it," Jaguars player Lerentee McCray, a seven-year veteran, told me this summer after opting out. "I could catch it and bring it home to them. Or I can get it and even if it doesn't kill me, it could destroy my career long-term. I feel really weird not playing football right now, but can't. I can't risk doing something so dangerous and maybe hurting the people I love."

In the end, most players decided the money was worth the risk. So, they play.

Yet there's been a definite shift in that attitude over the past few months and even weeks, several told me in various interviews, as the virus spreads through locker rooms. Most requested anonymity for fear of angering NFL owners and the league office.

Monday, October 12, 2020

Coronavirus Update 10-12-2020: Schadenfreude

If you and I are connected on LinkedIn or Twitter (and if we're not, please correct that mistake immediately), you may have noticed that my headline describes me as a (the?) "Master of Workplace Schadenfreude." 

I'm often asked, "Jon, what the heck does that mean?" Today, I have the answer.

Friday, October 9, 2020

People I don’t understand

Earlier this week I saw the following (brilliant) ad put out by a group calling itself Dog Lovers For Joe.

It reminded me of a list I've been compiling for the past several years. I had originally called it "People I Don't Trust." Subsequently, however, I've swapped "trust" for "understand."

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Coronavirus Update 10-8-2020: Crying “discrimination” because you refuse to wear a mask isn’t just silly, it’s offensive

Please watch this short video and then let's talk.

This woman claims discrimination because she refuses to wear a mask in public.