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January 30, 2015

Now THAT's a good one! The most unique late-to-work excuses revealed.

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.

January 9, 2015

DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN

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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.

December 29, 2014

The 5 compliance posts that grabbed HR's attention in 2014

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.

December 24, 2014

Next year, best to skip the office holiday party eggnog chug-off

Take it from the employment lawyers. Maybe, not the best idea...

December 16, 2014

Camouflage toilet paper is so last year. The most unusual workplace gifts of 2014.

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 PocketsĀ®.
  • 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 ZiplocĀ® 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.

December 5, 2014

I've got 99 problems but a holiday party lawsuit ain't one...

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If you want "Ten Tips for a Safe, Fun, and Legal Holiday Party," go elsewhere. 

After the jump, I've collected 99 ways to hold an office holiday party that won't interfere with you ending the year on an HR high-note...

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Continue reading "I've got 99 problems but a holiday party lawsuit ain't one..." »

November 25, 2014

Apparently, the ABA Journal received my large, white bag with the $ on it

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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November 11, 2014

Five great resources for HR about employing veterans

In honor of Veterans Day...

October 24, 2014

Think an employee is faking sick? Check social media.

It's that time of year again. Open enrollment, flu shots, and CareerBuilder.com's list of the most creative excuses for missing work.

But before I get to that, how about some missed-work statistics based on responses from 2,203 hiring managers and human resource professionals, and 3,103 U.S. workers (employed full-time, not self-employed, non-government).

  • 28% of employees have called in to work sick when they were feeling well
  • 59% of those fakers either didn't feel like going to work or just wanted to relax
  • 24% of employer have caught some one faking sick by using social media
  • 22% of those fakers sleuthed out on social were fired

I, for one, narrowly escaped termination when confronted with the Instagram shots of my navel piercing at the mall kiosk. If you attend my event with top officials from the EEOC and NLRB next month in Philly (details here), maybe I'll show it to you.

(That sound year hear is part vomit, and part clamor for refunds on the free tickets would-be attendees are now returning, thanks to me).

Maybe, I better make with the Career Builder Top 10 excuses for missing work:

  1. Employee just put a casserole in the oven.
  2. Employee's plastic surgery for enhancement purposes needed some "tweaking" to get it just right.
  3. Employee was sitting in the bathroom and her feet and legs fell asleep. When she stood, up she fell and broke her ankle.
  4. Employee had been at the casino all weekend and still had money left to play with on Monday morning.
  5. Employee woke up in a good mood and didn't want to ruin it.
  6. Employee had a "lucky night" and didn't know where he was.
  7. Employee got stuck in the blood pressure machine at the grocery store and couldn't get out.
  8. Employee had a gall stone they wanted to heal holistically.
  9. Employee caught their uniform on fire by putting it in the microwave to dry.
  10. Employee accidentally got on a plane.

As always when I post this list, I love to hear back from you about the most cray-cray excuses your employees have offered for missing work.

(And no, binge-reading TheEmployerHandbook.com is not crazy. Promote that person immediately).

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October 21, 2014

Is it legal for the EEOC to send 1,330 emails to your employees at work?

Back in 2013, the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission began investigating Case New Holland, Inc. for age discrimination, or so a complaint that Case New Holland recently filed in federal court alleges.

So, how is this news? Let alone blog news, which is hardly news at all. I should know. I publish this drivel. And I don't get paid for it. Which makes this the worst kind of drivel.

Anyway, apparently, the EEOC sent 1,330 emails to Case New Holland email addresses trolling for potential class-action plaintiffs -- or so the Case New Holland complaint alleges. And by sending those emails, the EEOC violated the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Fourth and Fifth Amendments of the United States Constitution -- or so Case New Holland alleges.

So, if the the EEOC sent 1,330 emails to your workplace, would that rub you the wrong way? Well, probably so, unless your workplace is the EEOC. But, would 1,330 emails actually break the law?

Well, if the concern is that the emails could potentially be used to gin a up a class-action lawsuit against your company, then according to a federal court, in this opinion, the answer is probably not:

Plaintiffs "cannot manufacture standing by choosing to make expenditures based on hypothetical future harm that is not certainly impending....Nothing in the Complaint or the plaintiffs' opposition suggests that class-action litigation is "certainly impending," and thus, this alleged injury is also speculative and insufficient to establish standing.

So, the clear takeaway here is that if the EEOC sends 1,330 emails to your business, wait until your employees form a class and sue you before filing against the EEOC.

Yeah, that must be the takeaway.

August 20, 2014

The Employment Law Blog Carnival: Instagram Edition #ELBC

If a picture says a thousand words, then my editors are going to be hella-mad at me.

After the jump, it's the best of the employment law blogosphere told through the eyes of Instagram.

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Continue reading "The Employment Law Blog Carnival: Instagram Edition #ELBC" »

July 24, 2014

#TBT The Employer Handbook seeks your feedback

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Back when I was a young aspiring blogger -- as opposed to the blog king I am now -- I asked my audience (here) for some feedback to improve this jawn.

Well, you gave it, I improved it, and I've been turning down multi-million dollar offers to sell this piece ever since.

I won't sell out -- yes, I will -- because I love you all and no one could handle The Employer Handbook with the grace and dignity it deserves.

***scratches butt ***

Could we use some find tuning? 

Probably not. But, I'm sure you folks have some good ideas to improve the blog. Maybe TMI is an issue, I dunno.

So, holler at me in the comments below or via email.

Thank you!

June 26, 2014

Score? US Men's Soccer's permission slip so your employees can miss work today

I remember a high school classmate of mine who had his mom send in a permission slip to excuse him from missing school for the Philadelphia Phillies' home opener. Mom's note indicated that her son was suffering from "Vernal Flu." 

Get it? Vernal Flu = Spring Fever.

Pretty creative, huh?

The US Men's Soccer team is not impressed.

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Image Credit: @USSoccer on Twitter

UPDATE: Daniel Schwartz scooped me on this last night with "A Note from the U.S. Coach is a Great Idea, But Not a Good Excuse." NEWMAN!

May 27, 2014

The Employment Law Blog Carnival: Small Business Edition #ELBC

I hope that you guys had a nice Memorial Day. Nothing like a good three-day weekend. Although, three of my four children didn't seem to appreciate that most American businesses were closed for the holiday:

Sorry, kids. 

Maybe, starting the workweek off with the Employment Law Blog Carnival: Small Business Edition over at the Employer's Corner Blog will cheer them up.

April 18, 2014

#HelpShaneFightCancer

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This is going to be a tough one, folks.

Today, I'm setting aside workplace issues to focus on a little boy named Shane.

Shane was born on July 11, 2013. The youngest of three, by all accounts, Shane was a happy and healthy newborn. His parents are truly blessed and his siblings adore him. Now, Shane is eight months old. And, as you can tell from the picture, he's got a toothy grin that lights up a room. 

But, then came the news that no parent ever wants to hear: Shane has cancer.

I still have trouble reading those words: Shane has cancer. I remember reading them for the first time a few weeks ago when Shane's dad emailed me with the news. As a father of four young children, my heart immediately broke. I know what it's like to have a young child who is suffering through illness. But, one of my children with cancer would be unimaginable.

Just associating the word "cancer" -- even the most treatable forms -- with a son or daughter is nightmarish. So, you can imagine how Shane's mom and dad are living through hell; Baby Shane has been diagnosed with alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. He now faces over 40 arduous weeks of chemotherapy to battle a form of cancer which kills 9 out of 10 children afflicted. 

With the deck clearly stacked against this little eight-month-old baby, Shane's family is grounded in hope and resilience:

"He's an 8 month old baby fighting stage 4 cancer. How does this happen? There are things in life that will never be explained. We have no idea why we were chosen, but we were. So, we must move forward and fight for baby Shane."

This kid is a fighter too. I'm told he crushed the 1st two chemo treatments. 

My money is on the cutie-pie underdog. 

 I don't know about you guys, but I like to back a winner. Sure, it's easy to bet on the favorite, but --- Shane, can you earmuff it for me? --- Fuck cancer! This horrific disease is no one's favorite.

And even though cancer may have the upper hand right now, none of us are focused on 90% mortality odds. All of us know that Shane is going to get through his chemotherapy like a champ. And we remain positive that he's going to beat this disease.

Indeed, I can't imagine a more satisfying payoff and sweeter ending.

Please help Shane fight cancer.

Yes, there is hope for Shane. And you can help. If you too would like to back a winner, consider making a donation for Shane, which you can do here

Your donations will cover any out-of-pocket expenses that insurance does not cover. Any leftover funds will go to the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania's Oncology Department and to THON, Penn State University's childhood cancer fundraiser.

And, if you can't donate, please show your support by going to Shane's page and sharing his story on social media with the hashtag #HelpShaneFightCancer.

One day, we'll change that hashtag to #ShaneBeatCancer.

Thank you.