"miscellaneous" Blog Tag

Thanks-giving isn't just about turkeys - include the good employees too

November 6th, 2018

Bobbi Britton Tucker at Cozen O'Connor

The turkey at Thanksgiving is kind of like that one person at work that you can't seem to get through to - you spend way too much time focused on both. But there is more to Thanksgiving than a bird (football, stretch pants, leftovers) that was almost our national symbol, just as there are people at work that you can get through to and will respond.

Bobbi Britton Tucker helps with the Thanks-giving in the workplace; you're on your own with the stretch pants.

Cursing, surfing, weapons, gadgets – illegal, inappropriate or OK?

November 1st, 2018

Robin Shea at Constangy

It happens in almost every workplace almost every day: somebody swears or is on an iffy website or is carrying a knife (or worse) or is using their own (not secure) phone or computer to send off a quick business email or text.

So what is illegal, what is inappropriate and what is just not that a big a deal?

Robin Shea at Constangy has your answers (and answers your questions) at our November 14 webinar, “Not Suitable for Work?”

Credits available: SHRM and HRCI

Register here.

Costumes, booze and the Great Pumpkin – beware the office Halloween party

October 25th, 2018

Adam Gutmann

Who doesn't like a good party? Who doesn't like spending work time not working? Who doesn't like eating embarrassing amounts of candy? Adam Gutmann helps you sort out what you want (Milk Duds, Twizzlers, Starbursts) from what you don't (pencils, Almond Joys (come on, that is an acquired taste), Necco Wafers) when it comes to Halloween in the workplace, including:  

TN – A drug-free workplace program is good

March 12th, 2019

William S. Rutchow at Ogletree Deakins

Recent changes to the Tennessee Drug-Free Workplace Program can mean saving money on workers' comp, among other benefits, but requires meeting certain criteria. Bill Rutchow explains other benefits and some of the significant changes.

The #1 office perk is . . . ?

October 8th, 2018


  1. Natural light
  2. Natty Light
  3. Spam Lite
  4. Lite-Brite
  5. Blinded by the Light

Any answer except #1, Natural light, may not be correct.

Have a good Friday.

List 10 Up: Top tips for starting a workplace incident interview

October 24th, 2018

Bud Bobber and Tim Kamin at Ogletree Deakins


Spend 20 minutes with Bud Bobber and Tim Kamin from our author Ogletree Deakins as they discuss how to prepare for and start interviews when investigating a workplace incident in the podcast Top Tips for Starting Workplace Investigatory Interviews.

List 10 up:

  1. don’t start at the end
  2. complete discrete
  3. barriers just get in the way
  4. no opposites
  5. smile and be friendly
  6. very interesting
  7. To Tell the Truth
  8. ask for complete answers
  9. the truth will set you free (from any retaliation)
  10. (if I) Stop Making Sense, tell me

Is that red light flashing?

September 18th, 2018

Zoe Argento and Julia Arnold at Littler Mendelson

Workplace recordings used to mean lots of planning and surreptitious preparation, including wiretaps, wearing a wire, "bugging" an office and/or long range directional parabolic shotgun hypercardioid/lobar microphones.

Now you can do it all, sometimes without anyone's consent, with your butt and a phone. Butt just because you can, doesn't mean you should. So take your phone out of your pocket, hit the pause button and walk with Zoe Argento and Julia Arnold through an overview of considerations.  

Round up stew: sick leave, harassment, non-compete, etc.

August 28th, 2018

Shenna Harris at Squire Patton Boggs

Attention. Attention. The following jurisdictions had stuff change:


That is not all. Stuff will continue to change. That's life.*

*That's what people say, flying high in April, shot down in May.

Identifying trade secrets does not mean figuring out how to barter better

August 27th, 2018

Emma Schuering and Eric Packel at Polsinelli

Can you:

  • define what a trade secret is?
  • identify your trade secrets?
  • identify your confidential information?
  • be sure you do not have any trade secrets?
  • name all 18 Spinal Tap drummers?*

Emma Schuering and Eric Packel from our authors Polsinelli help you identify your trade secrets and what you need to do to protect them.**

* Trick question – there were 19.

** We are unable to vouch for Emma and/or Eric's ability to name any Spinal Tap drummer.

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A special thanks to Littler's tweet for the heads up on this awesome company!