Category Archives: General

Workplace Violence – Are You Prepared?

We all heard the news early on August 26, 2015: TV anchor Alison Parker and camera man Adam Ward were executed on live tv by a former co-worker.  It was shocking, horrifying and unimaginable. In the aftermath, it is not … Continue reading

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California Paid Sick Leave Amendments – They’re Here!

As many of you know, California enacted a paid sick leave statute that began on July 1, 2015 that was rife with confusing and vague language. That didn’t stop the legislature from having the law begin on that date even … Continue reading

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More New Laws in California

This is a rare day – two blog posts!  Governor Brown was busy today.  Two more major changes to the law. Paid Sick Leave is now here. Also called the Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014, is to provide … Continue reading

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Do you have a Donald Sterling in your midst?

The news just broke that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver hit Donald Sterling, owner of the LA Clippers, with a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million fine due to racist remarks attributed to Sterling.  The investigation was prompt, … Continue reading

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Lessons for a Happy Life with an HR Spin

We learn life lessons throughout our lives. Sometimes the lessons are from our own mistakes, from being inquisitive, and other times we learn from others.  Often, the lessons are unexpected.  I recently watched a video of Sam Bern, an amazing … Continue reading

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Heading to the SHRM Annual Conference…

I am excited about my upcoming presentations at the SHRM Annual Conference. If you are heading there, please consider attending my top-rated program – Seven Steps to Creating Bulletproof Documentation.  Here is a link to this Mega Session: http://annual.shrm.org/sessionplanner/session/4629.  I … Continue reading

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Beyond Our Borders: after “hola,” then what?

As I noted at the end of my recent blog post, I am on vacation in Barcelona, Spain. My 9 year old son and I take advantage of traveling by doing a home exchange – meaning we swap homes with … Continue reading

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Lessons from Mad Men #1

Ok, so I am a recent addict of the hit show Mad Men and love it.  Although, as an employment attorney I often watch with a gurgling stomach as I am bombarded with non-stop drinking and sexist, racist, homophobic language … Continue reading

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Sheryl Crow’s Brain Tumor and Your Employees

Last week Sheryl Crow announced she had a benign brain tumor.  Thankfully, she is fine.  Her announcement made me wonder: What if one of your employees came in and told you they had a benign tumor?  Are your managers familiar … Continue reading

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Make Your Documentation Bulletproof

In three weeks (June 25) I will be presenting my signature documentation program at the 2012 SHRM Annual Conference in Atlanta entitled Seven Steps to Creating Bulletproof Documentation.  I thought I would share some tips from the program… Words to … Continue reading

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More Clarification (ahem) from the NLRB on Social Media Policies

Well, on May 30, the NLRB has issued its third memo on social media and other workplace policies. I think the Board believes it’s trying to help employers understand what policy language they find unlawful that infringed on employee Section … Continue reading

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Social Media Policy Headaches

Yesterday, I delivered a webinar on Social Medial Policies and the NLRB.  To be quite frank, this is a crazy area for employers right now. As most of you know, the NLRB has been getting a lot of press these … Continue reading

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Social Media Policies – Managing Risk in Light of the NLRA

Like it or not, many of your employees likely are accessing Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites on and off the clock. Telling them not to may be impractical. But not managing the associated risks properly can put … Continue reading

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AT&T hit for $5M Religious Discrimination Verdict

In 1999, when Susan Bashir began working for Southwestern Bell, a unit of AT&T, she was Christian. In 2005, she converted to Islam and, well, her world changed.  Bashir alleged her managers and co-workers began calling her a “terrorist” as … Continue reading

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A RUSH to Court?

You really can’t escape reading or hearing about Rush Limbaugh’s attacks on Sandra Fluke. Many people are waiting to see if Sandra will sue Rush for defamation.  What if we change the scenario a bit and Rush’s comments were said … Continue reading

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You Want Me to Investigate WHO?

If you have ever been asked to investigation the CEO, VP, or other high level employee you know it can be quite challenging. On Wednesday, I will be delivering a 90-minute webinar on the practical and legal implications of investigating a … Continue reading

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Me, too!

Put your seatbelts on, it’s going to be a rocky ride – it just got a little easier for a plaintiff to make his or her harassment case. On August 9, 2011, the California Court of Appeal ruled in Pantoja v. … Continue reading

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HR = Customer Service

I really don’t mean to rub it it but I am writing this blog entry from Paris. Yes, France. I am on a two week vacation with my 8 year old son. I don’t speak French and although I have … Continue reading

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Document, Document, Document

Everyone knows the importance of proper documentation. The only problem is…it’s hard to do. If you missed seeing my presentation on documentation at the Annual SHRM Conference, it’s not too late… Please join me on Thursday, July 14 at 1:00 … Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome to my new blog and the first of many blog posts.  This post is dedicated to what I love to do: speak.  Give presentations. Train. I love it all. I am very excited that I will be heading to … Continue reading

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