Category: EntertainHR

Posts focus on what not to do in the workplace, based on examples from television, film, and other popular media.

Why Can’t We Be Friends: Would Lyle Case Decision Be Same Today?

What if I told you that the California Supreme Court has ruled that under certain circumstances, an employee being exposed to lewd conduct in the workplace – including sexual discussions, sexually explicit pictures, and colleagues pantomiming masturbation – is not enough to sustain an actionable sexual harassment claim? In light of the recent spate of […]

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Will & Grace: New Run, Same Naughty Karen

Back in March, I wrote about the revival of Will & Grace, though we all know it is really the Jack & Karen show.  Over the years, we have seen the softer side of Karen Walker, which lies far (really far) below the surface of her martini-swilling, insult-slinging, pill-popping, Botox veneer. In the series revival, […]

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Philly Off-Duty Employee Did WHAT? Some Tips So Employer Doesn’t Step in It, Too

For the first time since 1960, the Philadelphia Eagles are Super Bowl Champions. Inspired play from backup quarterback Nick Foles and some gutsy moves from coach Doug Pederson propelled the Eagles past the favored Patriots in one of the better games I’ve seen in quite some time. I’m far from a Philly fan, but I […]

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FMLA Leave: Tom Brady Plays Through the Pain–Why Can’t You?

It’s no-pain, no-gain for Tom Brady, but pressuring employees to work while injured may violate the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Love him or hate him, you have to give it to Tom Brady–the man is dedicated to his sport. Last week, he was called upon once again to play through the pain and […]

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All the Money in the World: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, and Wage Disparity Issues

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the ongoing Hollywood reckoning, Kevin Spacey’s downfall was swift following accusations from Anthony Rapp that Spacey sexually assaulted him at the age of 14. Since Rapp came forward, several others have joined him in accusing Spacey of sexual misconduct and predatory behavior. Netflix suspended production of […]

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Time’s Up: I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar

“So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make […]

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May the Force Be with You in (a Changing) 2018

Star Wars geekdom is strong in my family. I have it. My sons have it. My wife… well, she’s coming around. Like many my age, I grew up on the original Star Wars trilogy, idolizing the litany of iconic characters that include Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Chewy, Darth Vader, and so many others. […]

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Sexual Harassment: 4 Critical Questions for Reviewing Your Policy

Wow. That’s all I have to say: Wow.

I last posted here in September and, man, oh man, has there been some water under the bridge. Sexual harassment exploded onto the front pages. The Harvey Weinstein story (read Kristin’s post here) seemed to open the floodgates. Since then, harassment allegations (and in many cases, more than allegations) have brought to heel business leaders, politicians, entertainers, athletes, and more. We even have […]

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‘Royal’ additions: handling HR issues that arise due to marriage and childbirth

I admit that, like many Americans, I am fascinated with the lives of the British royal family. That is especially true with respect to Charles and Di’s two young princes. I enjoy hearing news about Prince Williams’ adorable family, and I was excited to hear about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent engagement. In fact, […]

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What now? 5 steps to take if your probe doesn’t corroborate harassment allegations

The avalanche of complaints emboldened by the #metoo movement shows no sign of relenting, and many caught in its crosshairs have been unceremoniously fired or forced to resign based on allegations of harassment. Of course, when such allegations arise in the employment context, employers have a duty to investigate and to take action when there […]

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