Friday, May 25, 2018

WIRTW #507 (the “12” edition)


Sunday is my daughter’s 12th birthday.

Happy birthday, Norah!

It's not easy being a pre-teen these days, especially as a girl. I know 11 was a hard year. And I can’t promise 12 (or 13, or 14…) will be any easier. Know that we love you, we are very proud of you (even when we’re giving you a hard time — clean your room 😉), and we are here for you no matter what, always.

Now go rock the rest of your years like you rocked the first 11.


Here’s what I read this week:

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The 9th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the raging retaliator


Today, I take you to lovely Riverside County, California, home of Palm Springs, Joshua Tree National Park, the Coachella Music Festival … and the 9th nominee for the Worst Employer of 2018.

Until his termination on May 7, 2018, Andrew Yeghnazar had, since 2010, worked as the President of Blacoh Fluid Control, Inc.

What did Blacoh Fluid Control (allegedly) do to earn its nomination?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Can (or should) OSHA regulate the NFL?


Sports blog Deadspin asks: What If The NFL Were Regulated By OSHA?

Well, Deadspin, I’m glad you asked. I answered this very question over three years ago.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

SCOTUS decision on class action waivers is not the epic win for employers it may seem to be


Yesterday, in a narrow, 5-4 partisan decision, the Supreme Court issued its most anticipated employment decision of its current term, Epic Sys. Corp. v. Lewis [pdf]. The Court reconciled six years of debate between split federal circuits into a unified standard that permits the waiver of class actions via the compelled individual arbitration of employment disputes.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Harassment prevention MUST start at the top


If you did not watch 60 Minutes last night, you should. The last segment detailed pervasive and rampant sexual harassment by famed chef and tv personality Mario Batali.

And it laid much of the blame at the feet of the CEO of one of the restaurants in which Batali invested, The Spotted Pig, and its owners, Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield. The segment argues that Friedman and Bloomfield turned a blind eye to years of Batali’s sexual harassment of the female employees of their restaurant, and knowingly allowed it to continue.

Friday, May 18, 2018

WIRTW #506 (the “car … scratch … melt …” edition)


What’s your security blanket? That place you go when your soul needs a hug?

Mine is music.

Today, my security blanket grew a few sizes, because Peter Gabriel finally added his catalog to Spotify.

For many, their entrée to Peter was John Cusack, boombox aloft in Say Anything. My exposure was a half-decade earlier. Growing up in Philadelphia, I started each morning listening to John DeBella’s Morning Zoo on WMMR. And Peter Gabriel was its patron saint. So I was exposed to a lot of PG’s music in my formative years. My love for his art has never waned, even as my tastes have evolved in the decades since.

This morning, I could not wait to get in my car, plug in my phone, and fire up PG 1 (aka “Car”). I felt the slowburn of comfort as Peter sang about Moribund the Burgermeister (a decidedly dark tune about Sydenham’s chorea, historically and traditionally referred to as Saint Vitus‘ dance, a disorder characterized by rapid, uncoordinated jerking movements primarily affecting the face, hands and feet).

Don’t get me wrong; I love discovering new music (check out Courtney Barnett’s Tell Me How You Really Feel, out today). But when I need that security blanket, I always turn to the old favorites.

Here’s what I read this week:

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What should you do when ICE comes knocking


“Hi, I’m your friendly neighborhood Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer. Do you mind if I come in and take a quick look at your I-9 forms”

Yesterday I discussed the nuts and bolts of the I-9 form. Today, let’s take a look at what happens when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) audits your I-9 compliance.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

7 things employers must know about the I-9 Form


Photo by Nitish Meena on Unsplash
Earlier this week, the Trump administration announced that it has doubled the number of worksite investigations and audits conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Its express goal is to make sure businesses are not employing people who are in the U.S. illegally.

What is such an audit? Simply, it’s a review of business records, specifically I-9s.

In light of this news, over the next two days I’ll be taking a deeper look at employers’ obligations to comply with immigration laws. Today, we’ll examine the I-9 itself, and tomorrow we’ll discuss what to do (and, maybe more importantly, what not do) if ICE or another agency shows up at your door asking about I-9s.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The easiest way to lose an employment lawsuit


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Yeterday, I was tagged with the following question on LinkedIn:
Interested in your opinion on this.

The “this” in question was an $7.97 million verdict a jury in Fresno, California, entered in favor of a Chipotle manager fired for allegedly stealing $626 in cash from the restaurant’s safe.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The ADA’s interactive process is always a two-way street


Photo by MelanieSchwolert via Pixabay
Who has the burden of proof in an ADA reasonable accommodation case? The employee, to prove a lack of an accommodation, or the employer, to prove the unavailability of an accommodation? 

In Snapp v. BNSF Railway, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals re-affirmed that the burden squarely rests on the shoulders of the employee.