Friday, April 5, 2024

WIRTW #712: the ‘OH-WOOO’ edition

I will officially have a college student in a little over four months. The "if" was never in doubt, but there "where" definitely was … at least until a couple of weeks ago.

Norah chose Ohio Wesleyan University — OWU, or, as it's affectionately called, OH-WOOO. She'll be a Battling Bishop.

"Fit" might be a four-letter word in the employment law space, as employers often use it as a pretext for discrimination. But for Norah's college choice, it was all about fit.

✅ Small liberal arts school
✅ Small class sizes
✅ Within a shortish drive from home
✅ The ability to double major in early childhood education and French
✅ Opportunities to study abroad
✅ A cute campus with off-campus amenities within walking distance

OWU checked all of these boxes. It also didn't hurt that OWU awarded her a Wesleyan Scholarship (one of its highest academic awards) and accepted her into both its Honor Program and Global Scholars Program.

To listen to Norah talk about the "why" of her college choice and the process she used to make her decision, tune in to this week's episode of The Norah and Dad Show, which you'll find on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Overcast, via your browser, and any everywhere else you get your podcasts

Here's what I read this week that you should read, too.

Brewers Association Presents 2024 Industry Award Winners — via Brewers Association (and a huge congrats to my good friend, Laura Lodge, for winning 2024's Mentor of the Year Award)

Let's talk about workplace parking wars — via Ask a Manager

Restaurant chain bans diners from using card payments to tip staff — via The Guardian

Boeing Employees Allege Exposure to Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Caused Reproductive Harm and Birth Defects — via The L•E•Jer

ChatGPT use is up, including at work — via HR Dive

DC Circuit Gives NLRB a 'Stern' Warning — via Employment Law Worldview

Changes to Salary Basis Thresholds May Be Coming Soon — via Minnesota Employment Law Report

Some complaints of sexual harassment aren't protected at all — via Eric Meyer's Employer Handbook Blog

Bullying Must Be Working — via The Chief Organizer Blog

Pig Farm Tolerated Harassment of Trans Employee, Got so Bad She Quit, EEOC Alleges — via Joe's HR and Benefits Blog