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A FordHarrison blog about the world of entertainment & how it pertains to HR 2017-10-20T16:51:01Z
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Think before you joke, so you do not litigate funny

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:17

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 aides in learning and memory retention, increases...

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Harvey Weinstein: beauty and the beastly mogul

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 10:12

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 - 15:55

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 - 12:00

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 - 11:03

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 - 14:02

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 - 07:16

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 - 10:34

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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Solar eclipse guide for employers

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 08:31

Today’s solar eclipse is expected to be an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with people from all over flocking to the path of totality.  While this will likely mean considerable economic benefits from tourism, it is also expected to be quite costly for employers.  According to an estimate by outplacement company Challenger, Gray...

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If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen—best practices from Top Chef

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 09:25

“If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” That’s essentially what a group of Teamsters told Top Chef host personality Padma Lakshmi back in June 2014 outside of Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, Massachusetts. This “episode” is now at the center of a lawsuit brought by the federal government against four […]

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Leaks and whistleblowers and liability, oh my!

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 14:20

Leaks are everywhere. They happen in politics, in sports, in the entertainment industry, in people’s everyday lives, and (unfortunately for many of us, myself included) in the roofs and pipes in our homes. How do we know that Kyrie Irving wants a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers? Someone leaked it to a reporter. We know […]

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‘You like [us]! You really like [us]!’ … so please nominate our blog!

Mon, 07/24/2017 - 06:40

OK, admittedly, Sally Field never uttered the phrase “You like me! You really like me!” when she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1984′s “Places in the Heart.” Instead, what she really stated was: “You like me. Right now! You like me!” Does the exact wording matter? Not really. What matters...

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Stuntman’s death on ‘The Walking Dead’ set a sad reminder of common workplace hazards

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 06:40

Tragically, stuntman John Bernecker died last week in Atlanta after falling 30 feet to a concrete floor while working on a fight scene for AMC’s zombie-apocalypse series “The Walking Dead.” In response, the show temporarily halted production of its eighth season, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened an...

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New media rating seeks to bring common sense to gender stereotyping

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 14:20

When my son was five and constantly arguing and negotiating for extra dessert or whatever it was that he wanted at any given time, people would often say, “You should be a lawyer!” His response was always: “I don’t want to be a lawyer because that’s a girl’s job.” While slightly humorous because lawyers are […]

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