Category: EntertainHR

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

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The ‘Unwritten Rules’ of Employment

I like watching baseball. Few things in life beat going to a weekday day game during the summer at Oracle Park (or even the Oakland Coliseum). Yet sadly, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, Major League Baseball has canceled the remainder of its spring training games and the 2020 regular season will be delayed by at […]

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Celebrating Black Barbie’s 40th Anniversary and a Workplace D&I Victory

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Mattel’s very first black Barbie®, which debuted in 1980 and was designed by fashion pioneer Kitty Black Perkins, a native of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Perkins’ hard work and determination made her not only an icon of the fashion world and Mattel’s first African-American designer but also a champion […]

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CHERYL and Employer Liability for Cybernetic Harassment

Ladies and gentlemen, you are experiencing history in the making. For the first time in “EntertainHR” history, the same author is doing a post on the same episode of the same show.  However, there is a slightly different issue here. 

Dress Code Tips Inspired by JLo and Shakira’s Halftime Performance

Is it just me, or has JLo and Shakira’s halftime performance at the Super Bowl received more attention than the game itself? As with so many other issues these days, we are a country divided. Some believe the performance was magnificent and empowering, while others have derided the halftime show as a burlesque sequel to […]

Perhaps Silicon Valley’s Pied Piper Could Use Good Employment Counsel

I am currently bingeing my way through HBO’s Silicon Valley after not having watched the show for several years (I’ve always found it entertaining enough, but life, you know?). The series chronicles the experiences of a small group of California techies who found a start-up company called Pied Piper.

Cedar Rapids: When Business Conference Debauchery Ensues

Anytime employees are sent on business trips, they represent the company. Often, the sanctity of that responsibility is preserved. Other times, it is not. Today’s column takes a look at a film that heavily follows the latter situation, with many examples of precisely what you do not want your traveling employees to be party to.

Stolen Proprietary Information: As Concerning in Baseball as It Is in Business

There was big news earlier this week when Major League Baseball (MLB) handed down punishment after investigating a systematic method of cheating on the part of the Houston Astros. Just as the Astros were stealing vital information from their competitors, your competitors or detractors might be looking to steal critical information from you. Are you […]

What Cat Meme Can Teach Us About Race Discrimination

You may have seen a split-screen meme circulating on social media that appears to be a woman yelling and pointing at a cat. The meme has predictably come to be known as “Woman Yelling at Cat Meme” or “Cat Meme.” The meme is a combination screenshot of a cast member of the Real Housewives of […]