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Survival Guide: Politics and Work

HR Examiner

If the Super Bowl costs US companies a billion dollars in lost productivity, imagine what the tab is for politics. The current issues touch people deeply. There are also changes to health care, taxation, and employment laws that create further concern and confusion. Some employees have quit because of the position the organization took. And candidates are deciding whether to interview there based on which side the company supports.

How many things can you find wrong with this picture?

The Employer Handbook

Last night, I found the employment law equivalent from this recent Sixth Circuit opinion. [ tl;dr: A colossal series of HR-compliance gaffes leads to a whopper of a jury verdict against the employer, which includes an award of punitive damages.]. The plaintiff, in this case, was a parcel sorter. His views on women in the workplace were, shall we say, dated. Then, in January 2012, he suggested again that the plaintiff demote herself.

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WIRTW #372 (the “bad work day” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

From Mediate : During last Sunday’s broadcast of Fox & Friends, co-host Pete Hegseth tossed an axe to tease an upcoming segment on timbersports, missed the target, and hit a marching band percussionist standing in the distance. Let’s go the replay : Here’s the rest of what I read this week: Discrimination. Or Can Employer Take Action? — via Dan Schwartz’s Connecticut Employment Law Blog. via Minnesota Employer. via The D & O Diary.

WIRTW #425 (the “tschüss” edition)

Ohio Employer's Law

The Hymans did not take a vacation this summer. Tschüss” is the German equivalent of “bye.” Title VII and sexual orientation bias, revisited — via Robin Shea’s Employment & Labor Insider. Bullying or Harassment or Am I Missing Something? — EEOC Rules That “Don’t Tread On Me” Hat Might Be Racially Offensive — via The Employment Brief. EEOC Guidance on Employer-Provided Leave and the ADA — via Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act.