HR Works Podcast

The mission of HR Works is to provide clear, relevant, actionable information on topics that matter to HR professionals through engaging and insightful interviews with experts and thought leaders.


Recent Episodes

HR Works COVID-19 Update: DOL Clarifications and Reaffirmations on FFCRA

In this episode, we take a look at some of the DOL’s revisions and reaffirmations of the original FFCRA regulations. That includes clarifications around leave for medical professionals, intermittent leave, and more. And we have with us a familiar voice: attorney Maggie Spell of Jones Walker. Maggie focuses her practice on cases brought under federal, […]

HR Works: Substance Abuse Reaching Critical Levels

In this episode, we discuss substance abuse. While always an issue, substance abuse becomes much more widespread and serious during crises. This crisis, in particular, offers an especially troubling environment for abuse. Today’s episode is brought to you by The Standard, a family of businesses united by a shared purpose of compassion for their customers. […]

COVID-19 Update: Latest Testing Strategies for Employers

In this episode, we go over the latest workplace COVID-19 testing strategies and capabilities. What types of tests exist and how available are they? What strategies are employers using, especially those that require workers on-site like mines and factories? What technologies are being developed and what will testing look like in the future? This episode’s […]

HR Works: What Will HR Look Like in 2021 and Beyond?

When I first took over this podcast, my very first guest was Ira Wolfe, and we talked about what HR might look like in 2025.  By all accounts, we were well on track to realize that future. But then the pandemic hit and that future has largely been changed. In this episode I am pleased […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: Retaliation Claims Are Rolling In

According to our guest this week, retaliation claims surrounding COVID-19 are outpacing many other types of lawsuits. Are your managers well trained when it comes to avoiding retaliation suits? This episode’s guest is once again Maggie Spell, partner at the New Orleans location of Jones Walker. Maggie focuses her practice on cases brought under federal, […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: FFCRA Lawsuits Begin Hitting the Courts

When the pandemic first hit the United States, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed to help protect American citizens. The FFCRA has been in effect for some time since then, and employment lawsuits have begun hitting the courts. In this episode, we are going to go over some of the hot-spots surrounding […]

HR Works: How Rewards Can Prevent Layoffs in a Crisis

The early effects of the pandemic on the workforce saw many businesses close, and many others take extreme measures to survive, including downsizing, cutting pay, and reducing or eliminating benefits. Our guests today believe that getting a better handle on your people costs and benefits can help organizations be less draconian in their approach to […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: Avoiding Discrimination Lawsuits While Addressing the Pandemic

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has invited a new wave of discrimination, particularly against pregnant women, employees over the age of 65, and those of Chinese or Asian heritage. There are other issues as well, including managing discrimination while employees are working remotely. As your organization meets the other challenges of COVID-19, make sure you are not accidentally […]

HR Works COVID-19 Update: Wage and Hour Lawsuits on the Rise

Last time on HR Works COVID-19 Update, we began to explore the many new types of wage and hour lawsuits that might be coming your way in light of the pandemic. This week, we’ll hear from a lawyer that specializes in these types of cases to discuss where she is seeing new lawsuits, what they […]


HR Works: COVID-19 Testing Realities, Limitations, and Plans for Employers

This episode strives to answer one important question: can COVID-19 testing play an effective role in bringing workers back to the workplace? New information and data about the disease are available every day and with it comes changes in best practices for keeping everyone safe. Meanwhile, many employers are bringing workers back to the workplace […]