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A Boss’s Day letter from . . . The Boss.

Posted in Corporate Culture
DISCLAIMER: The Boss in this blog post is fictional. Any similarity to actual bosses, living or dead, is purely coincidental. No bosses were harmed in the writing of this post. If you’d prefer something warmer and fuzzier, try this. Hey, Underling: On this Monday, October 17, 2016, I thought it would be an opportune time to let you know… Continue Reading

Heresy! Is “flexibility at work” overrated?

Posted in Corporate Culture, Telecommuting, Work-Life Balance
Or is it loved as much as ever, as long as it doesn’t cost employees money? Interesting questions are raised by a study conducted and recently published by Alexandre Mas, a Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at at Princeton University, and Amanda Pallais, a Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy and Social Studies… Continue Reading

Weekly catch-up

Posted in Constangy News, Corporate Culture, FOCUS, Wage-Hour, WARN
Hot dawg! Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete has been named by Vault.com as the best law firm in the country for women lawyers and the best law firm in the country for minority lawyers. Heather Owen has the whole wonderful story at FOCUS, our women’s leadership blog. This latest honor comes on the heels of our having been named… Continue Reading

Female lawyer with Republican boss? Go back to the kitchen!

Posted in Corporate Culture, Discrimination, Lawyers!, Work-Life Balance
I don’t know what to make of the study, conducted by business professors from the University of Michigan and Temple University, that purports to find a negative correlation between political conservatism among some law firm partners and the advancement of the careers of female attorneys in reporting to those same partners. To put that in plainer English:… Continue Reading

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of employees? The Shadow knows.

Posted in Corporate Culture
“The boss is a jerk. I dread coming to work every day. I’m treated unfairly. Everyone else gets better treatment than I do. My pay stinks, and my company’s paid-time-off policy leaves much to be desired. I should sue!” The Daily Mail had an article this week about “the moment [employees] started hating their jobs,” based on a Reddit discussion thread entitled… Continue Reading

Have yourself an inclusive little Christmas . . .

Posted in Corporate Culture
Oh, for cryin’ out loud. Last week, a high school principal in Bangor, Maine, banned a math teacher from having a little pink Christmas holiday Hello Kitty tree in her classroom for the holidays. She says she was told it was too “religious,” although I’m still trying to figure out what religion Hello Kitty is associated… Continue Reading

T.J. Simers discrimination trial: Are you paranoid if they really ARE out to get you?

Posted in Corporate Culture, Discrimination, Evidence
T.J. Simers, a well-known former sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times, is suing the Times for age and disability discrimination. We’re providing regular coverage of the jury trial, which is expected to last about four more weeks. For the background on Mr. Simers’ termination, go here. For the testimony of Mr. Simers’ psychiatrist earlier… Continue Reading

Can employees trust Human Resources?

Posted in Corporate Culture
Are Human Resources representatives advocates for employees, or shills for the corporate bigwigs? I suppose you’ve been following the story about how Amazon (1) is the worst place in the world to work, (2) no it isn’t, (3) anyway, the New York Times didn’t do good research and based its story on too many anecdotes, and… Continue Reading

Seems like this should be an excused absence.

Posted in Corporate Culture
According to the New York Post, the City of New York fired an employee for missing too much work. Turns out that he had a very good reason for his no-call/no-show: he was dead. Geoffrey Tolliver, a Medicaid eligibility specialist for the City, went out on a medical leave of absence for cancer in November 2013, and… Continue Reading

This week in employment law, with a lick and a promise

Posted in Americans with Disabilities Act, Corporate Culture, Discrimination, Family and Medical Leave Act, Retaliation, Same-sex marriage, Social media, Telecommuting
It’s been a hectic week for me (I have a trial coming up), and so here are some links to employment law blog posts and workplace news items that I hope will entertain and edify. 5 Things Your Manager Doesn’t Want You to Know. By the great Evil HR Lady, Suzanne Lucas. (Just to whet your appetite,… Continue Reading

You’ve exceeded my expectations, Valentine!

Posted in Corporate Culture
Should an employee performance review be one big love letter? Maybe so, according to Rachel Feintzeig, who wrote in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, “Everything Is Awesome! Why You Can’t Tell Employees They’re Doing a Bad Job.” The idea is that many employers are getting away from providing constructive criticism in performance reviews and are “accentuating… Continue Reading

What do employees want? A warm and fuzzy post

Posted in Corporate Culture, Discrimination, Work-Life Balance
Do nice guys really finish first? Yesterday morning, I tweeted a thought-provoking article by Travis Bradberry in Forbes on “Why Your Boss Lacks Emotional Intelligence.” According to the article (and no big surprise), a study found that people in higher management and executive level positions have less emotional intelligence than lower-level managers because in those upper-level… Continue Reading