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WIRTW #549 (the #RespectIsComing edition)

You might have heard that a little show called Game of Thrones premiered it's final season last Sunday. In its honor, Sesame Street prepared a wonderful parody in which Elmo tries to mend bridges between Tyrion and Cersei by teaching them the importance of respect. A lesson we should all to take to heart, especially at work. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination "Fat shaming" costs employer big bucks — via Robin Shea's Employment & Labor Insider No Place for Breastfeeding? That Will be ...
Tags: Law, Congress, California, Ada, Joe, Robin Shea, McDonald, Engadget, EEOC, Elmo, Mueller, Eric Meyer, Ragan, OSHA, Krebs, Cersei


WIRTW #548 (the “working for the weekend” edition)

I thought I'd update everyone on the summer goings-on of Northeast Ohio's favorite age-15-and-under cover band, Fake ID. They have a busy summer. They will kick it off with a return engagement at Ohio Bike Week. After stealing the festival last year (really, go to the Ohio Bike Week Facebook page and read the reviews), they've been invited back to tear it up again. Loverboy … and Fake ID. My 10-year-old self watching MTV in my grandparents' basement is totally freaking out. Then, the band h...
Tags: Florida, Minnesota, Microsoft, Law, US, Mtv, Ada, Northeast Ohio, Joe, Westlake, NIST, Eric Meyer, OSHA, SHRM, FLSA, Sargeant


WIRTW #547 (the “new music Friday” edition)

Jenny Lewis just released the first great album of 2019.   On The Line has witty and funny, yet touching and sad, lyrics, and beautiful melodies that will stick in your head. It's an album that commands your attention. I'll be shocked if it's not at the top of the "Best Of" lists at year's end. You should listen, now and often. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination How does one of your employees actually prove discrimination in court? — via Eric Meyer's The Employer Handbook Blog   Avoi...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Law, Iowa, Cleveland, Doj, Jenny Lewis, Nlrb, Joe, McDonald, Jonathan, EEO, Eric Meyer, Jeff Nowak, OSHA, Dan Schwartz


WIRTW #546 (the “Arrivederci” edition)

Today is good bye … but only for two weeks. My kids' school gives them that much time off for Spring Break each year. So we are headed to Italy. Rome and Florence to be precise. I'll be back on April 1 (no foolin') with some thoughts about what I learned on my Spring Break. In the meantime, if you have any last minute tips on what to do, see, or eat in either of these cities, drop a note in the comments below. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Two-Percent, Schmoopercent — via Kate Bi...
Tags: Spotify, Texas, Law, Congress, Chicago, Ada, Florence, Harvard Business Review, Joe, Citrix, Jonathan, EEOC, NLRA, Eric Meyer, FLSA, Jon Hyman


WIRTW #545 (the “International Women's Day” edition) #IWD2019

Happy International Women's Day! I didn't always consider myself a feminist. But I'm proud to call myself one ever since May 27, 2006—the day my daughter was born. It wasn't that I was hostile to the issue; I just never engaged in any active thought about it. Now that I have a female life for which I am responsible, I fully embrace the term. I worry about the world in which she lives, and how that world may treat her because of her sex. ❔ Will she have the same opportunities? ❔ Will she earn the...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Connecticut, Ada, Harvard Business Review, Aba, Eric Meyer, Jeff Nowak, OSHA, Dan Schwartz, FMLA, FLSA, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Mike Haberman, John Sumser


The legalities of employee mass walkouts vs. the practicalities of avoiding them in the first place

Three central Ohio Sonic restaurants are without employees after their entire staffs walked off the job in protest against new management and its policies. According to The Scioto Post, employees left a handwritten note on the door, reading in part, "Due to terrible management the whole store has quit. The company has been sold to people that don't give a f*uck about anyone but themselves." The dispute stems from new management cutting wages from at or near minimum wage to a tipped employee wage...
Tags: Law, Nlrb, Inc, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Tim Gouw, Ohio Sonic, The Scioto Post


WIRTW #543 (the “terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day at the office” edition)

What was your worst day at work? Does it top the day that Cleveland criminal defense attorney Aaron Brockler had this past Tuesday? I'll let Cleveland.com explain what happened: A Warrensville Heights man shocked a courtroom full of spectators Tuesday when he sucker-punched his own defense attorney after a judge sentenced him to 45 years in prison…. Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputies took down David Chislton after the 42-year-old struck lawyer Aaron Brockler in the face with both of his han...
Tags: Google, Minnesota, Law, Social Media, Mlb, Cleveland, Nlrb, Joe, Cuyahoga County, Robin Shea, Warrensville Heights, Eric Meyer, John Grisham, FLSA, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas


WIRTW #542 (the “Scared. Ashamed. Crippled.” edition)

A few days ago, Mark Goldstein, an attorney at Reed Smith, tweeted me (and others) this:   If you read on thing this week, read Mark's article, 'Scared. Ashamed. Crippled.': How One Lawyer Overcame Living With Depression in Big Law. We are in the middle of a mental health crisis in America. The more we talk openly about it, the more it becomes de-stigmatized, and the more comfortable those suffering will be to come forward and seek the help they need. It took a lot of courage for Mark...
Tags: Law, America, Iowa, Reed Smith, Omega, Mark, Robin Shea, EEOC, Eric Meyer, Donna Ballman, Ragan, OSHA, Dan Schwartz, SHRM, Mark Goldstein, Jon Hyman


WIRTW #541 (the “Purl” edition)

Purl is an online-only Pixar short about a ball of yarn appropriately named Purl who gets a job in a bro-tastic workplace. As the only female, and only ball of yarn, working at B.R.O. Capital, she struggles to fit and yearns for acceptance from her all male, all human, co-workers. Purl's story has a lot to say about diversity and inclusion, and is well worth the just under nine minutes of your time. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Ageism: A White Man’s Introduction To Discriminatio...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Youtube, Pixar, Facetime, Harvard Business Review, Joe, Trump, Eric Meyer, Pearce, OSHA, PURL, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Laurie Ruettimann, Kate Bischoff


WIRTW #540 (the “wheels off” edition)

The one question people ask me more than any other about this blog? "How do you write every day?" My answer, "Because I love it." The practice of law, for all of its challenges and rewards, can be mundane. This blog lets me be creative. I love the creativity of sharing information in a manner that makes it accessible and entertaining. If I didn't love this creative process, this blog would have died long ago, instead of just having passed 3,000(!) posts since it's inception nearly 12 years ago. ...
Tags: Google, Law, Obama, Washington Post, Ohio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Ada, Harvard Business Review, Cyberspace, Rhett Miller, Robin Shea, Circuit Court, Rosanne, Eric Meyer, OSHA, FMLA


WIRTW #538 (the “drones” edition)

OSHA is now using camera-carrying drones to investigate outdoor workplaces. The good news? Use is intended to be limited to areas that are otherwise difficult and dangerous for OSHA inspectors to access. Plus, OSHA will not use them without an employer's consent. The bad news? Employers that withhold consent could face OSHA's ire and a search warrant. Plus, the program lacks any protections for things like scope of recording, employee privacy, or third-party access to the video. You can more abo...
Tags: Google, Law, United States, Connecticut, Hilton, Poland, SEC, Ohio, Huawei, Nlrb, Joe, Robin, Engadget, EEOC, Dave Buster, Eric Meyer


WIRTW #537 (the “Roma” edition)

We are contemplating spending Spring Break in Rome. For those who've been, what's you best tip for first-time visitors? Sights not to be missed? Things that are off the beaten path? Where to stay? Best pizza? Best gelato? Drop a note in the comments below and let me know your Rome tips. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Google sued for allegedly covering up sexual misconduct allegations — via Engadget  Boys and Thrones and Sexual Harassment — via HR Examiner with John Sumser Liti...
Tags: Google, Law, Rome, Ada, Omega, ERC, McConnell, Troutman Sanders, NLRA, Eric Meyer, Kavanaugh, Spring Break, GrubHub, FLSA, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas


WIRTW #536 (the “Ex's and Oh's” edition)

It's been a bit since I've posted any of my kids' music, so here's Norah covering Elle King's Ex's and Oh's (one of my winter-break highlights).   And here's Fake ID closing their set at Stella's Music Club (another winter-break highlight). Here's what I read the past few weeks: Discrimination Farewell, EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum. — via Eric Meyer's The Employer Handbook Blog UPS settles EEOC religious discrimination lawsuit for $4.9 million — via Atlanta Journal Const...
Tags: Law, Obama, Connecticut, Nlrb, Elle King, EEOC, D C Circuit, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Eric Meyer, Ragan, Dan Schwartz, Jon Hyman, Norah, Suzanne Lucas, Chai Feldblum, Matt Austin Labor Law


WIRTW #534 (the “rock the vote” edition)

Have you cast your ballot for the Worst Employer of 2018? Time is ticking down for this year's final vote. To remind you of the four truly awful employers vying for this year's honor, the finalists are: The Murdering Manager — company owner hires two men to rough-up a handyman who was not doing his job, and they accidentally kill him. The Sexist, Racist, Xenophobic, Oh My! — plant manager calls foreign-born employees "terrorists" and women "bitches," and tells the only black employee t...
Tags: Law, Chicago, Nazi, Robin Shea, Eric Meyer, Jeff Nowak, OSHA, FMLA, White Power, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Mike Haberman, Kate Bischoff, Marc Alifanz, FMLA Insights Labor NLRB, Dennis Westlind


WIRTW #533 (the “Stella's” edition)

If you ever wanted to know how hard a group of pre-teens and teens can rock, you'll have your chance on December 21, when Fake ID invades Stella's Music Club. They play from 7:30 – 9:30, and word has it they are working up a few Christmas tunes for the season. Also, you still have time to register for The Best-Ever Year-End Employment Law Review That 5 Employment Law Bloggers Ever Presented—T uesday, 12/4, from noon to 1 p.m.  Join me, along with employment law bloggers extraordinaire...
Tags: Law, Office, US, Stella, Harvard Business Review, Engadget, Eric Meyer, OSHA, Krebs, FMLA, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Janette Levey Frisch, Kate Bischoff, Robin Shea s Employment Labor, Eric Meyer Jeff Nowak Dan Schwartz Robin Shea


WIRTW #532 (the “❤️ the holidays” edition)

On December 25, I will turn 18 in Christmas years. My wife and I starting dating in October 2001, and we celebrated our first Christmas together two months later. I LOVE Christmas. I joke with my wife that I married her for Christmas. I love the lights, the tree, the family togetherness, the snow, and the overall peaceful spirit of the holiday. And the music. I love Christmas music. Which is why this year, I'm thrilled that I get to combine my favorite holiday with my favorite band. Today, Old...
Tags: Law, White House, Cnn, Nlrb, Newton, Engadget, Eric Meyer, Ragan, OSHA, FMLA, Jim Acosta, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Mike Haberman, Marc Alifanz, Dennis Westlind


WIRTW #530 (the “trick-or-treat” edition)

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, correct? View this post on Instagram It’s so embarrassing when someone shows up wearing the exact same costume. #sorcle #twinning A post shared by Jon Hyman (@jonhyman) on Oct 28, 2018 at 2:27pm PDT Here's what I read this week: Discrimination SCOTUS Watch: 2 High-Profile LGBTQ Cases Before The High Court — via Above the Law To...
Tags: Law, Connecticut, Irs, Nlrb, New Jersey Law Journal, Eric Meyer, Browning Ferris, Jeff Nowak, OSHA, Dan Schwartz, FMLA, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, PhRMA, Hunton Employment Labor Law Perspectives, Verge Trump


WIRTW #529 (the “new music Friday” edition)

From time-to-time I like to use this Friday real estate to share new music I'm listening to. Today's  new music also has a pretty cool origin story. My wife and I vacationed in Sedona, Arizona, in July. And, as most Sedona tourists do, we took a jeep tour through the red rocks. Our tour guide was Brandon Decker. Over the course of our two hour tour we chatted, not just about Sedona, its history, and its mysticism, but also about our families, jobs, and lives outside of the jeep.  ...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Chicago, Connecticut, Arizona, Cleveland, Doj, Aba, Joe, Southwest, Sedona, EEOC, Eric Meyer, Jeff Nowak, OSHA, Dan Schwartz


WIRTW #528 (the “paranoid” edition)

It's been a few months, but Fake ID was finally back on stage last weekend. There's not much in life that makes me happier than seeing Norah perform. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Episode 49 …and a Horse — via Marc Alifanz's and Dennis Westlind's Hostile Work Environment Pocast #MeToo Movement Launches National Conversation on Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace — via The L•E•Jer Has #MeToo had an impact? — via Phil Miles's Lawffice Space   When Your Customer Harasses Your Employ...
Tags: Facebook, Minnesota, Law, Nlrb, Newton, EEOC, Eric Meyer, OSHA, Dan Schwartz, Jon Hyman, Norah, Phil Miles, Suzanne Lucas, Mike Haberman, Lawffice Space, Marc Alifanz


WIRTW #527 (the “Yeezy” edition)

There's a lot to say about Kanye's bizarre Oval Office meeting with President Trump. But the most shocking? His iPhone password is "000000." lmao Kanye's iPhone password is 000000 pic.twitter.com/mEM5Tjq0po — Del Slappo (@misterjamo) October 11, 2018 Please, please, please, DO NOT DO WHAT KANYE DOES. According to howsecureismypassword.net, Kanye's password can be cracked instantly. In other words, it's not a password at all. You can read more about the importance of password security f...
Tags: Law, Bloomberg, Canada, Connecticut, Starbucks, Ada, Kanye, Nlrb, Omega, Joe, Oval Office, Eric Meyer, OSHA, Dan Schwartz, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas


WIRTW #526 (the “pumpkin” edition)

Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin spice. Pumpkin carving. Pumpkin festivals. Fall is officially the season of the pumpkin. What are you doing Sunday, October 14? I'll be enjoying the return of Fake ID, as Norah and her bandmates take the stage from 11 – 1 at the Hiram House Camp Pumpkin Festival. They won't be hard to find on the property; just follow the music. Tickets are only $5 and are available here (kids under 12 are free). Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Can You Make Your Employees Get ...
Tags: Law, US, Connecticut, Nlrb, Joe, Fox Business, Don, Jonathan, EEOC, Troutman Sanders, Eric Meyer, Kris Dunn, Jeff Nowak, OSHA, Krebs, FMLA


WIRTW #525 (the “pogo” edition)

I have no idea if he managed to hit the right keys, but he's sure mastered the entertainment part of this rock 'n' roll thing. View this post on Instagram Donovan mastering the art of pogo keyboarding #sorcle A post shared by Jon Hyman (@jonhyman) on Sep 23, 2018 at 4:47pm PDT Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Serial Podcast Shows How Much You Can Learn From a S...
Tags: Law, Netflix, Cleveland, MMA, Harvard Business Review, Nlrb, Phoenix, KEVIN JACKSON, Shapiro, Eric Meyer, OSHA, SHRM, FLSA, Leslie Smith, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas


WIRTW #522 (the “back to school” edition)

If your kids go back to school and you don't post photographic evidence, does it count? View this post on Instagram First day of school: 7th and 4th grades. Also, I've officially entered the "Dad, you're embarrassing me" years. A post shared by Jon Hyman (@jonhyman) on Aug 22, 2018 at 5:09am PDT Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Want to Stop Discrimination and Har...
Tags: Law, Miami, Ada, Robin Shea, Engadget, Monica Lewinsky, Miami Herald, Labor Movement, Eric Meyer, Jeff Nowak, Donna Ballman, OSHA, Dan Schwartz, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Walter Olson


WIRTW #521 (the “master of my domain” edition)

What's the top employee issue that makes HR folks queasy? Drugs? Sex? Pornography? According to Robin Schooling, the worst conversation to have with an employee is about sexual self-pleasuring at work. What's the most uncomfortable conversation you've ever had with an employee? Please share in the comments below. Here's what else I read this week: Discrimination How Unconscious Bias Almost Killed My Friend — via Evil HR Lady, Suzanne Lucas Sexual Harassment: R-E-S-P-E-C-T in Fire Departments ...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Toronto, Connecticut, Ohio, Ada, Harvard Business Review, Nlrb, Joe, Robin, Robin Shea, EEOC, Troutman Sanders, NLRA, Eric Meyer, Ragan


WIRTW #520 (the “cucaracha” edition)

Welcome to fun-fact Friday. The Mexican folk song La Cucaracha has a long and fascinating history. It was popularized during the Mexican Revolution when each army would write verses as battle songs. Amazingly, one such verse, which has become the most popular version of the song, references marijuana: The cockroach, the cockroach, can't walk anymore because it doesn't have, because it's lacking marijuana to smoke. Maybe this explains why Speedy Gonzales was so speedy. Here's what I read this...
Tags: Law, Netflix, San Antonio, Harvard Business Review, Omega, Robin Shea, Eric Meyer, Krebs, FMLA, Speedy Gonzales, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Mike Haberman, La Cucaracha, Marc Alifanz, Dennis Westlind


WIRTW #519 (the “R-I-P-R-E-S-P-E-C-T” edition)

While I've always loved Aretha's music, and her voice, and her soul, I never appreciated until watching yesterday's tributes how key of a role she played in the civil rights movement. Rest in peace Queen of Soul. Your message and your spirit will be missed as much as your voice. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination Episode 40 – C U Next Monday — via Marc Alifanz's and Dennis Westlind's Hostile Work Environment Podcast Hostile work environment, or just NSFW? — via...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Siri, Epic, Ada, Nlrb, Airline, Omega, Reuters, Cps, Robin Shea, Eric Meyer, Aretha, Dan Schwartz, FLSA, Jon Hyman


WIRTW #518 (the “no-stress zone” edition)

What de-stresses you? Where do you go, or what do you do, that makes all the stress in your life melt away? My wife and I recently spent a few days in Sedona, Arizona. We hiked, we jeep-toured, and we drank wine. It was the most stress-free we've felt in years. I don't know if it was the beauty of the red rocks, the serenity of communing with nature, or the energy of its famous vortexes. But all the stress in our lives really did just disappear, at least for a few days, and we both felt thi...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Connecticut, Ohio, Meyer, Illinois, Nlrb, Omega, Joe, Robin Shea, Jonathan, Eric, David Croft, Eric Meyer, Jeff Nowak, Ragan


WIRTW #516 (the “grand” edition)

Some things are destined to let you down. To fail to live up to the hype. The new movie that everyone is raving about. The hot restaurant that you just have to try. New Coke. I was (ever so slightly) worried that the Grand Canyon would end up on this list. That we'd make the two-plus hour drive from our hotel in Sedona, walk up to the rim, take a gaze, and say, "Eh, it's a giant hole in the ground; let's go." I'm happy to report that was not the case. The Grand Canyon very much lives up to its h...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Ada, Grand Canyon, Omega, Joe, Adams, Sedona, Eric Meyer, Kris Dunn, OSHA, FMLA, SHRM, FLSA, Jon Hyman, Phil Miles


WIRTW #513 (the “Murica” edition)

I've been reflecting this week about what it means to be American. We used to welcome tired, poor, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. Now we lock their children in cages. We used to foster global democracy with our allies. Now we shun our allies and cozy up to those who seek to undermine democracy. We used to welcome free speech and open discourse. Now we ridicule those who think differently. When you add this all up, it's scary. I worry that what it means to be American is changing. ...
Tags: Europe, Law, Senate, Michigan, Ada, EEOC, Eric Meyer, OSHA, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Walter Olson, Aaron Burden, Workology, Marc Alifanz, Dennis Westlind, Robin Shea s Employment Labor Insider


The 12th nominee for the “worst employer of 2018” is … the soulless supervisor

I did not intend to run back-to-back "worst employer" nominees. And then I received this reader submission (thanks Suzanne Lucas). The headline says it all: Manager fired after her callous texts with a mom whose son is on life support go viral From wtsp.com: A mom requesting time off work at a gas station because of a family emergency went viral because the text exchange with her boss shared on Facebook was shockingly callous. The Michigan mom, Crystal Reynolds Fisher, told her manager tha...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Michigan, Dawn, Jon Hyman, Suzanne Lucas, Crystal Reynolds Fisher, Crystal s Facebook, Folk Oil Company