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Got a busted bracket in your HR Department’s NCAA Men’s Tournament bracket pool?

Oh, riiiiiiiiiight. What bracket pool? I must be talking about that other company, the one with low-flow poop-stained toilets and the non-conforming employee handbook. #realtalk

Well, according to this CareerBuilder.com survey, 1 in 7 US workers planned to fill out a bracket in an NCAA Tourney office pool. Most likely to participate would be the folks in IT (40%), with senior management 50% more likely to participate than entry-level employees. Continue reading

Welcome, everyone, to the February 2015 edition of the Employment Law Blog Carnival. For those who don’t know, the ELBC, as we like to call it, is a monthly installment of the latest and greatest from the employment-law blogosphere. Each month, a different host and a different theme.

In January, Doug Hass at Wage & Hour Insights brought you the Employment Law Blog Carnival: Awards Season Edition (here). Given the shaft The Expendables III took both from the Academy and the ELBC, after the jump, I’m ready to unleash the thunder…

“They drew first blood, not me.” [John Rambo; First Blood]

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On the heels of the excuses we’ve been hearing this week from meteorologists on the east coast about the transformation of Snowmageddon to #Snowperbole…

— well, at least one weatherperson owned it

…What better way to end the week than with a list of creative excuses; namely, CareerBuilder.com’s top 10 from its recent Most Bizarre Late-to-Work Excuses survey. While “I got jammed up at a pajama-jammy-jam” didn’t make the list, here’s what did:

  • I knocked myself out in the shower.
  • I was drunk and forgot which Waffle House I parked my car next to.
  • I discovered my spouse was having an affair, so I followed him this morning to find out who he was having an affair with.
  • Someone robbed the gas station I was at, and I didn’t have enough gas to get to another station.
  • I had to wait for the judge to set my bail.
  • There was a stranger sleeping in my car.
  • A deer herd that was moving through town made me late.
  • I’m not late. I was thinking about work on the way in.
  • I dreamed that I got fired.
  • I went out to my car to drive to work, and the trunk had been stolen out of it.

What’s the best late-for-work excuse you’ve heard from one of your employees? And who ya got Sunday in the Super Bowl? Let me know in the comments below…

Have a nice weekend.

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Over the past few days, there’s been a lot of buzz going around the HR-interwebz a/k/a the hella-best part of the ‘net. The buzz was that The Employer Handbook went back-to-back and claimed the 2014 ABA Blawg100 honors by getting the most readers votes as top labor and employment law blog. For example…

Friends, I appreciate the love. However, let’s congratulate this year’s winner: Seyfarth Shaw’s California Peculiarities Employment Law Blog. Well done, dudes!

Besides, it’s an honor just to be nominated.

Translation: Three days left in 2014 and Meyer doesn’t have it in him to put together an original post for you.

Fortunately, you guys continue to dig the other bazillion days of original content. As The Employer Handbook approaches its 4th birthday — if you’re thinking of a proper gift, find the one that blogs for me too and I’ll dedicate a week’s worth of posts to you — our 2014 numbers were staggering! The site had almost 150,000 users (up 30% from 2013). Those folks viewed 289,560 pages.

Here were the most clicked posts of 2014:

5. Sixth Circuit redefines the “workplace” when considering attendance as an ADA essential job function
4. Yes, you can fire an employee who discloses a disability at his termination meeting
3. An orgasm on a treadmill explodes an employee’s FMLA claim
2. Wages aren’t confidential, you guys. Your employees can discuss them.
1. Daughter’s Facebook post costs dad $80k employment settlement

Most creative Google search which landed someone on my blog is a tie between “achy breaky pelvis” (1 user), “how to screw your employer” (3 users), www.bigfatass.com (9 users), and “naked twister” (14 users).

At least my readers have their priorities straight.

Because I love you guys, I’ll probably be back tomorrow and Wednesday with new posts.

After two days of organized-labor-themed oxygen-sucking blog posts, I’m gonna lighten it up today, with some holiday co-worker gift-giving ideas for you.

Taking my cue from CareerBuilder’s 2014 list of the most unusual holiday gifts exchanged in the workplace, please consider nixing these from your list:

  • A box of Hot Pockets®.
  • A chess piece (just one piece, not a set).
  • A fire extinguisher.
  • A voucher for a free lawn game of the co-worker’s own invention.
  • A turquoise leather vest.
  • Zombie action figures.
  • A Ziploc® bag with coffee (enough to make one pot).
  • A ‘gun of the day’ calendar.
  • A bag of chips.
  • A Christmas ornament with the co-worker’s and spouse’s photos on it.

If you are looking for a holiday gift for yours truly, I was over on perpetualkid.com, and a few items to consider:

    Or, if you haven’t done so already you can just vote for my blog as the top Labor and Employment Law Blog in the ABA Blawg 100.

    Or maybe it’s the good karma from yesterday’s Social Media @ Work giveaway.

    Whatever it may be, I’ll just smile and say thank you to the ABA Journal for honoring The Employer Handbook (again) as one of the top blogs in America.

    Special props also go out to the other blogs honored in the Labor and Employment Category:

    Eight great honorees. But, there can be only one. That’s right, through December 19, you can cast your vote for the best Labor and Employment law blog of them all. Here’s how…

    1. Click here.
    2. Register.
    3. Scroll down the page to the “Labor and Employment” category, and click on it.
    4. Click “Vote Now!” for your favorite blog.

    The whole process takes 20 seconds.

    And who’s the reigning, defending, ABA Blawg 100 Champion of the World, you ask?

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    In honor of Veterans Day…

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