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WIRTW #597: the “Sorry Antivaxxer” edition

If you've visited me on LinkedIn or Twitter (and if we're not connected on both, please fix that immediately), you may have noticed I describe myself in my bios as the "Master of Workplace Schadenfreude." What is Schadenfreude? It's a German word that is most commonly translated as "enjoyment obtained from the troubles of others." My research, however, reveals that it has as many as four different potential philosophical underpinnings, which I've synthesized as the following: Taking joy in some...
Tags: Law, Los Angeles, Bloomberg, Cbs, CBP, Biden, Joe, Campbell Soup, Eric Meyer, Jon Hyman, Coke Kellogg, Engadget HD Group, WKYC Vaccine, EntertainHR Employer


Coronavirus Update 9-23-21: If you’re tired of reading what I have to say about workplace vaccine mandates, now you can listen to what I have to say

A huge thank you to the producing team at WCPN's The Sound of Ideas and host Rick Jackson for inviting me on to yesterday's program to discuss President Biden's workplace vaccine mandate. It was a fun and engaging 17 minutes of conversation, and I always enjoy doing live radio. (Also, thanks, Rick, for plugging the blog.)If you missed it live, The Sound of Ideas archives all of its shows on its website, and you can (re)listen to yesterday's here.Here's a quick preview, a clip of me laying out th...
Tags: Law, Biden, Rick, WCPN, Rick Jackson, Jon Hyman


Coronavirus Update 9-21-21: Covid-19 has now killed as many Americans as the Spanish flu

Covid-19 just passed a grim, sad, and preventable milestone. It has killed as many Americans, 675,000, as the last pandemic we suffered, the 1917 Spanish flu. That's more than 226 9/11s.What makes Covid-19 so much worse than the 1917 pandemic is that we know so much more and we should have been able to end this long before reaching this point.More than anything else, we have a virus-slowing, life-saving vaccine that 45 percent of the country has failed to fully take. Before the vaccine, we had ...
Tags: Law, Nazi, Jon Hyman, Eyasu Etsub


Coronavirus Update 9-20-21: Fetal stem cells and vaccine-mandate religious exemptions

As the debate over religious exemptions to workplace Covid vaccine mandates, one hospital has taken a unique approach to verify the sincerity of its employees' anti-vax religious beliefs. The issue stems from the misconception that Pfizer-BioNTech's and Moderna's mRNA vaccines contain aborted fetal cells, and certain people's religious objections to abortion. In reality, the vaccines do not contain aborted fetal cells, although Pfizer and Moderna did use fetal cell lines — cells grown in a...
Tags: Law, Pfizer, Jon Hyman, Moderna, Conway Regional Health System, Ars Technica Matt Troup


WIRTW #596: the “Waterloo" edition

It was a busy week in the Hyman house last week, with middle school soccer games and rock 'n' roll gigs all over town for my kids. I'm happy to report that Donovan led his team to a hard-fought 3-3 tie in his first-ever sports event of any kind (which he followed up with a 13-0 romp). Okay, led might be a tad strong. He played, and that’s all that matters.  As for Norah, she played not one, not two, not three, but four gigs in six days, with the first three all happening within 24 hours of eac...
Tags: Law, Waterloo, Donovan, Dan Schwartz, Hyman, Jon Hyman, Norah, Suzanne Lucas, Waterloo Arts Fest, Connecticut COVID, Harvard Business Review Activision Blizzard, Robin Schooling Apple


Coronavirus Update 9-15-21: Do mandatory vaccination policies have an adverse impact on minority employees?

With President Biden's announcement of his plan to vaccinate all employees of employers with 100 or more employees, the nation is keenly focused on workplace mandatory vaccination policies. This has led some to question whether the President's plan unlawfully discriminates against minority employees.There is little doubt that vaccination rates among Blacks and Hispanics lags behind that of Whites (which isn't that great to begin with). At the latest count, only 43% of Black Americans and 48% of...
Tags: Law, Biden, Blacks, Jon Hyman


Employment law lessons from “Ted Lasso” – dating the boss

If you've not yet watched episode 8 (Man City) of the current second season of Apple TV+'s Ted Lasso and you don't want to be spoiled, now would be a good time to click the back button on your browser or close your email. Good? Okay. No grumbling; you've been warned. A couple of weeks ago Sam Obisanya, a Richmond AFC player, was revealed as team owner Rebecca Welton's secret crush on the show's anonymous dating app (and new team sponsor), Bantr. In this week's episode, Sam and Rebecca (not kn...
Tags: Apple, Law, Rebecca, Man City, Sam, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Jon Hyman, Ted Lasso, Rebecca Welton, Sam Obisanya, Richmond AFC


Coronavirus Update 9-11-21: Here is why the vaccination ETS that Biden has directed OSHA to issue is likely illegal

President Biden has directed OSHA to issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) mandating that all employers with 100 or more employees mandate the Covid vaccine for its employees or mandate weekly Covid testing. Will this ETS pass the certain judicial challenges it will quickly face? TL;DR: (As much as it pains me to have to write this) OSHA’s Covid vaccine mandate ETS is almost certainly illegal. Here’s why. Unlike OSHA’s traditional standards, an ETS skips OSHA’s long rulemaking proces...
Tags: Law, Biden, ETS, OSHA, Jon Hyman, COVID


WIRTW #595: The “future of paid leave" edition

For all the negative effects that the Covid-19 pandemic has wrought, it has imparted some very positive changes to the American workplace. For example, remote work, long looked down upon by employers, is now the norm in many workplaces. Another area of constructive change surrounds the issue of paid leave for employees.  Has Covid-19 altered our national attitude for paid sick and family leave? I believe that it has. The time has long since passed for America to embrace and adopt paid FMLA....
Tags: Law, Congress, US, America, Cnn, Delta, Gm, Ohio, Cleveland, Harvard Business Review, Fauci, Eric Meyer, FMLA, New Haven Register, Jon Hyman, COVID


Coronavirus Update 9-9-21: Don’t forget about overtime laws when paying employees pandemic-related bonuses

If you pass any restaurant these days you'll almost certainly see a sign like this one: "Now hiring: $________ sign-on bonus."I've seen that blank filled in with numbers as high a $1,000 to work at a fast-food restaurant.Employers are paying these bonuses because they continue to struggle to fill job vacancies in the tightest and toughest labor market I've ever witnessed.If you find yourself in this position, do not forget about the wage and hour implications of these bonus payments, specifical...
Tags: Law, FLSA, Jon Hyman, William Warby


BREAKING NEWS: Biden to announce vaccine mandate for all employers with 100 or more employees

CNN is reporting that President Biden will announce an executive order directing the Department of Labor to draft an emergency rule requiring that all businesses with 100 or more employees ensure all of their workers are either Covid vaccinated, or Covid tested once a week. This goes along with another expected executive order requiring all government employees and employees of government contractors to be vaccinated against Covid-19, with no option of opting out through regular testing.The lega...
Tags: Law, Congress, Cnn, Biden, Department of Labor, Jon Hyman, COVID


Coronavirus Update 9-8-21: Ohio court reverses itself, orders that hospital does not have to administer ivermectin to its Covid patient

Last week I reported on a trial court case out of Butler County, Ohio, in which a common pleas judge granted the wife of a hospitalized Covid patient an order requiring the hospital to administer ivermectin (a livestock de-wormer approved for human use in small doses for the very limited purpose to treat certain parasites and skin conditions) to her husband at her (and her doctor's) request.On Labor Day, a different judge of that same court reversed the prior ruling and denied a preliminary inj...
Tags: Law, Ohio, Ama, Oster, Jeff Smith, Joe Rogan, FDA CDC, Jon Hyman, APRA, Butler County Ohio, West Chester Hospital, Wagshul, FDA CDC AMA, Sean Hannity Ron Johnson, Marian Kroell


“Ted Lasso" and the difference between illegal harassment and legal (but still wrong) bullying

If you're watching Ted Lasso, you're familiar with the story of Nathan Shelley, kit man turned coach turned Wonder Kid. Season 2 tells a fascinating story about Nate that is still unfolding. His arc has transformed him from a bullied kit man to an abusive coach, and from a loveable underdog to an insufferable a-hole. Episode 7 ended with Nate cruelly unleashing a tirade of anger on his replacement as the team's kitman, Will.There is little doubt that Nate's mistreatment of Will and others is bo...
Tags: Law, Richmond, U S Supreme Court, Nate, Jon Hyman, Ted Lasso, Nathan Shelley, Wonder Kid Season


WIRTW #594: the “three fests and a wine bar” edition

If you're in Northeast Ohio, let me suggest four ways for you to spend your time over the next couple of weeks — all involving my daughter and live music. Two of our best local arts festivals are happening next weekend, and Norah is playing both — the Waterloo Arts Fest on September 11 (where she'll be in the Sculpture Garden from 3:20 - 4 pm) and the Berea Arts Fest on September 12 (where she'll be on the Acoustic Stage from 3 - 4 pm). In between, Norah is making her return engagement at my...
Tags: Apple, Law, Disney, US, Northeast Ohio, Engadget, Eric Meyer, Vermillion, Jeff Nowak, McSweeny, FMLA, Jon Hyman, Norah, Amy Epstein Gluck, Waterloo Arts Fest, Berea Arts Fest


The 12th nominee for the “Worst Employer of 2021” is … the Pregnancy Prognosticator

If I know one thing, and only one thing, as a man (okay, two things) it's these: NEVER joke about a woman's weight and never ask a woman if she's pregnant. The former will never end well. The latter may end with a lovely conversation about her impending bouncing bundle of joy and the perils of newfound parenthood. But it's also just as likely, if not more so, to end in tears and embarrassment.An employer in the UK just learned these lessons the hard way, and earned my 12th nomination as the Wor...
Tags: UK, Law, Jon Hyman, Darren Taylor, Gisbourne, Craig Eddy, Paul Gisbourne, Mrs Shipp


Shredding documents during litigation is a bad, bad idea (a “Worst Employer" nominee update)

Activision Blizzard was my 11th nominee for the Worst Employer of 2021. Among the alleged sins that earned its nomination — a key software developer named the hotel suite he'd use to groom female subordinates "The Cosby Suite."The hits for this employer just keep on coming. The State of California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing, which is actively investigating Activision Blizzard for having a pervasive culture of harassment and abuse toward its female employees, now accuses the com...
Tags: Law, California, Activision Blizzard, Jon Hyman, LeeAnn Cline


Coronavirus Update 8-31-21: Despite FDA and CDC warnings to the contrary, Ohio court orders hospital to administer Ivermectin to Covid patient

Ivermectin is a high potency medication used to prevent or treat parasites in livestock. It's FDA-approved for limited use in humans, such as in specific doses for some parasitic worms, and there are topical (on the skin) formulations for head lice and certain skin conditions. It is not an anti-viral medication. Yet, the drug has grown in popularity among conservatives, fueled by endorsements from people like Senator Ron Johnson and Fox News personalities Laura Ingraham and Sean Hannity. It is ...
Tags: Law, Cdc, Ohio, Fox News, Fda, Smith, Ron Johnson, Sean Hannity, Julie, Laura Ingraham, Ivermectin, Jon Hyman, Butler County Ohio, West Chester Hospital, COVID, Ohio Capital Journal


Coronavirus Update 8-30-21: Vaccine mandates and unemployment compensation

DO NOT QUIT YOUR JOBAs the mandates are increasing and the “deadlines” fast approach, YOU SHOULD NOT QUIT YOUR JOB. Do not be fooled if your boss says you must resign. Make your boss fire you and do not sign anything or agree to anything that says otherwise. Do not agree with “voluntary resignation.” If you are fired, you are eligible for unemployment. Anything else and you are not.–americasfrontlinedoctors.orgThis statement, variations of which are making the rounds on social media and elsewhe...
Tags: Law, America, Ohio, WKYC, Jon Hyman, Pixabay, Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, Gerd Altmann


WIRTW #593 (the “18 and life” edition)

17 years and 363 days ago, I married the love of my life. In two days, we'll celebrate our 18th anniversary.The number 18 is significant. In Hebrew, each letter has a numerical value. The number 10 is the letter Yod, and the number 8 is the letter Het. Het-Yod spells the word Chai (חי), which translates in English to "life." Chai is a perfect allegory for marriage. Life is not perfect, and neither is a marriage. Both have their ups and their downs. But, if you can find that someone with whom yo...
Tags: Apple, Law, Cleveland, Deadspin, Chai, Jon Hyman, Yod, Het Het Yod, Law George Mason University


Coronavirus Update 8-26-21: Incentivizing Covid vaccinations through insurance-premium penalties for the unvaccinated

Delta Air Lines has decided to try a different approach to get as many of its employees vaccinated as possible. It's imposing a $200 charge for any unvaccinated employees on its health plan. Think of it as a smokers' penalty, but for the Covid vaccine. NPR has the details: Delta Air Lines will charge employees on the company health plan $200 a month if they fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19, a policy the airline's top executive says is necessary because the average hospital stay for th...
Tags: Law, Fda, Npr, Pfizer, Delta Air Lines, Wikimedia Commons, Bastian, Ed Bastian, Jon Hyman, COVID


Coronavirus Update 8-25-21: Inside the Five responds to John Mandel, and they are not happy

An update on Monday's post, about a Toledo-area brewery that got canceled over a tweet by Senate candidate John Mandel congratulating a sick employee for reporting to work. The restaurant is none too happy with ol' Joshy.One of its owners made their position on sick employees very clear to Toledo's WTVG:It is our policy for employees to inform all management before coming to work. As soon as we found out, we sent our employee home.The correct response. Sick employees don't work, period, especial...
Tags: Law, Senate, Ohio, Toledo, Josh Mandel, Mandel, Brianne, Jon Hyman, John Mandel


Coronavirus Update 8-24-21: FDA grants full approval to Pfizer Covid vaccine … but will it make any difference

Yesterday, the FDA granted full and final approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. Calling the agency's approval "a pivotal moment" in the battle against Covid, FDA Acting Commissioner Dr. Janet Woodcock said:While this and other vaccines have met the FDA's rigorous scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA approved Covid-19 vaccine, the public can be confident that this vaccine meets the FDA's gold standard for safety, effectiveness and manufacturing quali...
Tags: Law, Fda, Pfizer, Biden, Jon Hyman, Jesse Paul, Janet Woodcock, Albert Bourla Pfizer, Covid FDA


Coronavirus Update 8-23-21: I’ll have a side of Covid with my burger, please

PERRYSBURG, OH — @InsideTheFive is a cool brewery started by two NFL vets. Great food and spirited waitresses!Even though Brianne was sick today, she came to work because she knew they were short servers.These are the type of American workers that make our country strong. pic.twitter.com/o0VFkDkjuo— Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) August 20, 2021That is perennial political loser and 2022 Senatorial candidate Josh Mandel tweeting in support of a local restaurant.  If you question why encouraging s...
Tags: Law, NFL, Josh Mandel, Perrysburg, Brianne, Jon Hyman, John Mandel


WIRTW #592 (the “welcome back” edition)

Covid has taken a lot from us. One of the things it robbed from this space is its weekly "What I'm Reading This Week" ("WIRTW") feature. For 591 pre-Covid Fridays, I published a list of the best workplace-related things I read on the Internet that past week.Today (and hopefully for every Friday from this point forward), I am delighted to bring this feature back from its pandemic slumber.Here is the 592nd edition of What I Read This Week.  The State of the States of Pandemic — via Dan Schwartz...
Tags: Law, Connecticut, Delta, Vox, Vanity Fair, Dan Schwartz, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Atlantic Delta, COVID, Fox Hosts, Dozen Northeast Ohio Music Clubs, Cleveland Scene Houston, Yahoo Finance Photo


Coronavirus Update 8-19-2021: The (Un)Healthy American, along with other more reputable organizations, help Americans dodge vaccine mandates

Meet Peggy Hall. She runs a website called The Healthy American. What is The Healthy American? For starters, it's a website that NewsGuard ranks 22.5/100 (a failing grade no matter how you slice it), for, among other sins and errors, publishing false and irresponsible misinformation about the Covid vaccine.  For example—  Q: Should I get a medical exemption or a religious exemption? A: If you have a bona fide medical condition that prevents you from getting the jab, taking a test or wearing...
Tags: Law, Pope Francis, Vatican, Charlotte Observer, Jon Hyman, National Catholic Bioethics Center, Peggy Hall, Peggy Hall She, St Patrick of Charlotte North Carolina, Healthy American


Coronavirus Update 8-18-2021: Back to school presents fresh challenges for working parents and employers

Today my kids go back to school. 10th grade for Norah and 7th grade for Donovan. I am so thankful that their school is requiring universal masking regardless of vaccination status. Not all students, however, are so lucky. Only 10 states currently require masks in schools, while eight states outright prohibit schools and school districts from mandating them. That means that 32 states leave this decision up to individuals school districts and parents.This presents a major problem. Just look at th...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Law, Donovan, Betsy, Hyman, Jon Hyman, Norah, Pixabay, George County, COVID, Betsy Morris, Debra Isaacs Schafer


Coronavirus Update 8-17-2021: Are your work-from-home employees working more one job from home?

This headline in the Wall Street Journal caught my eye: These People Who Work From Home Have a Secret: They Have Two Jobs.A small, dedicated group of white-collar workers, in industries from tech to banking to insurance, say they have found a way to double their pay: Work two full-time remote jobs, don’t tell anyone and, for the most part, don’t do too much work, either.Alone in their home offices, they toggle between two laptops.  According to one software engineer interviewed for the articl...
Tags: Law, Wall Street Journal, Jon Hyman


Coronavirus Update 8-16-2021: With more businesses implementing vaccine mandates, more people turn to illegal fake vaccine cards

With more employers mandating vaccines for their employees, and businesses, cities, and schools doing the same for customers and other non-employee visitors, more people who resist the vaccine are turning to fake vaccine cards to remain employed or otherwise gain access.As I wrote a few months ago, using a fake vaccine card is a federal crime. 18 U.S.C. sec. 1017 criminalizes the fraudulent or wrongful use of a government seal (in this case, that of the CDC). It is punishable by imprisonment of...
Tags: Law, Cdc, China, Fbi, Hawaii, Memphis, Office of Inspector General, Jon Hyman, Jernej Furman


What Would Ted Do? #WWTD

First, there was my Golden Rule of Employee Relations: Treat your employees as you would want to be treated (or as you would want your wife, kids, parents, etc., to be treated). Next there was my Platinum Rule of Employee Relations: Treat your employees as they would want to be treated. Finally came my Eight Word Meaning of Life and its Corollary: Be kind to others and do good things … and do all you do with [mucho mucho] joy. Today, I'm going to sum all of this up in one tidy four-word...
Tags: Apple, Law, Earth, Ted, Sam, English Premier League, Dan Schwartz, DII, Jon Hyman, Ted Lasso


Coronavirus Update 8–12–2021: Justice Department confirms that ADA applies to Covid “long-haulers"

A few weeks ago I opined that the ADA likely covers Covid long-haul symptoms as protected disabilities that employers must accommodate.In recently published policy guidance, the Department of Justice agrees.  Long COVID is a physical or mental impairment Long COVID is a physiological condition affecting one or more body systems. For example, some people with long COVID experience:  Lung damage Heart damage, including inflammation of the heart muscle Kidney damage Neurological damage Damage...
Tags: Law, Department Of Justice, Ada, Justice Department, FMLA, Jon Hyman