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A FordHarrison blog about the world of entertainment & how it pertains to HR 2017-12-13T16:12:26Z
Updated: 4 weeks 4 days ago

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

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:51

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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Coaching reVOL-UTion: Schiano, Currie, and what school’s lawyers are analyzing right now

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 08:01

The Tennessee coaching search has produced high drama over the past two weeks. For Vol fans like myself, it has felt at times like absolute torture and at other times like just a little bit of torture. “Vol-nation” was in better spirits after the hiring of Phillip Fulmer as Athletic Director was announced, and many are pleased with...

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Daddy’s Home 2—fisticuffs in the workplace

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:37

While the holiday season can be a time of great joy and celebration, it also can be loaded with stress. Indeed, the pressures of preparing for the holiday and spending an inordinate amount of time in close quarters with friends and family can bring long-simmering feuds and frustrations to the surface. This concept is handled […]

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When the floodgates open, expect water at your doorstep

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 19:00

About a month ago, my colleague Kristin Gray wrote about the breaking Harvey Weinstein scandal and best practices for employers to prevent harassment and discrimination from invading the workplace. And while I have no intention of reiterating any of the excellent points Kristin covered in her piece, it would be ignoring the obvious not to […]

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Workplace romances: Do they ‘Suit’ your company?

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 13:00

Like almost everyone I know, I love the ability to binge-watch television series these days. In fact, it is a rare occurrence that I ever watch any show at the time it actually airs. (This Is Us is a notable exception for me.) Instead, I enjoy delving into these characters’ lives several hours at a […]

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Halloween at work: Don’t get BOOed by your employees!

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 17:23

Halloween can be such a fun holiday for kids of all ages. When October 31st falls on a weekday, as it does this year, ghoulish fun will certainly creep its way into the workplace. How can you, as a human resources professional, ensure that the day is more fun than it is scary? Simple. Just […]

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Methinks thou doth protest too much! FYI, only ‘reasonable’ opposition is protected

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 05:09

It seems that every day the news is full of stories about employees (whether they are NFL players or Hollywood starlets) protesting unfair treatment. Usually, when an employee complains about discrimination, harassment, equal pay, or other work-related topics, he or she is protected from discipline or termination because the conduct is considered...

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Think before you joke so you don’t have to litigate what’s ‘funny’

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:17

Studies show that laughing boosts immunity, eases anxiety and stress, improves mood, decreases pain, and can even prevent heart disease. Socially, laughing strengthens relationships. In addition to the value of humor in our personal lives, we cannot underestimate the power of humor at work. Humor aids in learning and memory retention, increases our...

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Harvey Weinstein: beauty and the beastly mogul

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 09:12

Over the last week, the fallout from a New York Times article regarding Harvey Weinstein has been swift and significant. On October 5, the Times published an explosive story about Hollywood producer and media mogul Weinstein’s alleged sexual harassment spanning decades. More and more women have been coming forward since the story broke to...

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Providing grief relief in age of mass shootings

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:55

The headlines rang out early Monday morning as many of us were preparing to leave home for work: DEADLIEST MASS SHOOTING IN US HISTORY. Coffee. IT WAS MADNESS. Toasted bagel. 50+ KILLED, MORE THAN 500 INJURED. Orange Juice. THERE WAS BLOOD EVERYWHERE. Sunday night at the highlight concert of the Route 91 Harvest Festival, 64-year-old […]

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What’s your salary? Apparently none of my business

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:00

We all know that movie stars make a ton of money. I mean, a ton of money. How much? Well, last month Forbes published its list of the world’s highest paid actresses and actors for the previous year so you can see for yourself. There are certainly some surprises on the list. No offense, but […]

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Magnum, SMH

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:03

Who could possibly sully the sainted memory of Thomas Magnum, fictional private investigator and iconic 1980s bon vivant? All 45 of these guys, apparently.  Here’s a quick hit in case you don’t want to follow the link: Bachelor partygoers decided they would take in a baseball game in Detroit between the Tigers and the Chicago White...

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Train ‘em up

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 13:02

If you’re a poor soul who’s followed enough of my posts to spot patterns, you’ll spot one here. Maybe I’m a broken record, maybe I’m simple-minded, or maybe I really like baseball.  Baseball speaks to me. The U.S. is still a blip in the long course of human history. We cobbled together our identity from […]

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In honor of Labor Day, some time sheet tips to beat FLSA off-the-clock claims

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 06:16

Ah, Labor Day. Family barbecues, a trip to the beach, your last chance to wear white, time spent napping and binging on Netflix, or just a simple day of relaxation. However you spent the long weekend, I hope you enjoyed some rest from your labors. As an employment lawyer and a mother, the word “labor” […]

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HR issues that arise when natural disasters hit

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 09:34

Natural disasters, like Hurricane Harvey, raise a host of issues for employers, regardless of whether these employers have a direct presence in the affected areas or whether they have employees residing in or telecommuting from them. Sometimes employers are forced to close or are able to remain open in some capacity, but employees are not […]

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