Have you ever started a job and realized that it was not what you thought it would be? Or have you ever hired someone who seemed like a perfect fit in the interview and then was a total dud when they were on the job? Most of us have. But in a novel approach, some companies have taken charge and started to pay their employees to quit. Continue reading
The competition between companies attempting to attract and keep qualified workers has taken an interesting turn. The Minneapolis-based marketing firm Nina Hale recently added “Fur-ternity Leave” to their list of benefits. The company is now allowing employees a week to work from home after they adopt a new cat or dog, so that the animal can adjust to the new home environment. Continue reading
Top headlines from Coachella this year are Walmart Yodel Boy, Destiny’s Child reuniting, and…Radius Clauses? That’s right, one of the biggest headlines surrounding the California-based music festival has to do with a lawsuit involving a Radius Clause. Continue reading
Workers’ compensation is a tough game, and it spares no one. But a recent decision from the Delaware Superior Court reminds us that there are some limits to when an employer can be held responsible for injuries occurring in out-of-office, work-sponsored events. Catch the details below. Continue reading
Most of the time, HR and employment law are serious topics. But, sometimes, they can be seriously funny. Today, I read something that qualified for the latter description. It strikes me as so funny that I just have to share it with you, dear readers.
Our Annual Employment Seminar has the topic of presentations on my mind this week. Like many of my employment-law colleagues, I do a lot of public speaking. I recently looked back at my speaking schedule for 2011 and was surprised to see that I averaged almost 1 speaking engagement per week. If it was up to me, I’d likely speak even more often but, again, my day job makes that difficult. Continue reading
Sheldon Sandler took the picture below during a recent trip to Granada. Yes, it’s a real picture of a real sign on the outside of a real factory.
Admittedly, the picture evokes mixed emotions for me. Part of me cheers, happy for the employer who attempts to set a positive tone for workers about to start their workday.
On the other hand, though, the sign seems to send, well, a bit of a mixed message, doesn’t it? Nothing like beating someone with a baseball bat imprinted with a motivational message as a technique to motivate workers, right?
Either way, the sheer extremity of the sign makes me laugh. And that’s enough of a reason to post it as this Friday’s Funny. Enjoy and have a great weekend!
How important is office space to employees? Very important, apparently, according to this article discussing a “summer office swap” conducted at a Boston-area advertising agency. During the summer months at this forward-thinking firm, nearly every employee switches office space based on a lottery system. Continue reading
The 2008 Holiday Gift Guide was so popular, I’ve been waiting all year to revisit the topic in improved form. This is the first part of the Guide and includes all of the technology that your favorite lawyer (or other thinking professional) could possibly hope to receive this year. Happy gifting! Continue reading