March 2nd was Dr. Seuss Day and in honor of the Great Seuss, I want to spend a little time reflecting on the workplace zoo. We know Dr. Seuss, the environmentalist (e.g., The Lorax). We know Dr. Seuss, the equal rights advocate (e.g., Horton Hears a Who). But, what about Dr. Seuss, the Human Resources guru? The wondrous world of Dr. Seuss may seem like pure make-believe. But, then again, maybe it’s not. In my View, you can find many of his fantastical creatures right in your own workplace. So I’d open each cage. I’d unlock every pen. Let the animals go, and start over again. And, somehow or other, I think I could find Some beasts of a much more un-usual kind.If I Ran the Zoo (1950)The Human Resources department is a key component in the collection and categorization of employees. Searching far and wide for people with diverse backgrounds and unique qualifications can make yours the “gol-darndest [workplace] on … [Read more...] about Human Resources: Is Your Workplace A McGrew’s Zoo?
Managing workplace diversity issues and challenges
With the 2017-18 National Football League (NFL) regular season and National Basketball Association (NBA) pre-season underway, many spectators are excited to don their favorite players’ jerseys and cheer on their teams. Yet in recent years, many fans also find themselves equally entrenched in controversial debates that have little to do with who wins or loses the game.Rather, these dialogues relate to the frequent media coverage over the alleged “blacklisting” of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he took a knee during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality against minorities, related demonstrations held in front of the NFL’s corporate offices, and actions of solidarity on football fields across the country by athletes like Marshawn Lynch and members of the Cleveland Browns virally trending with the hashtag #ImWithKap. Most recently ESPN sports host, Jemele Hill, drew the attention of the White House and placed her … [Read more...] about Athletes and Employees Speak Out: Do Your Employment Practices Drop the Ball in Addressing Diversity, Controversial Speech, or Tensions at Work?
Rodrigues, who is an intellectual property associate at DLA Piper in New York City, has long identified herself as an introvert. A former competitive figure skater, Rodrigues doesn't mind performing or being in court. Rather, "being an introvert is really about how I approach problems and how I recharge," she explains. "I'm not shy, but I find networking draining. I love meeting new people, but it requires extra energy."When Rodrigues discovered the best-selling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, written by former lawyer Susan Cain, it became one of her favorite books because she recognized herself in it. Quiet explores how extroversion has permeated our culture and how society as a whole undervalues introverts.After reading Quiet, Rodrigues started thinking about what introversion means for law practice. “I wondered why I’m a content lawyer and like private practice when that’s not a universal experience,” she says. … [Read more...] about Most lawyers are introverted, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing
ARGENTINAArgentina Updates List Of Domestic Sanitary Products: In 1998, the Argentinian National Drug, Food and Medical Technology Administration (Administración Nacional de Medicamentos, Alimentos y Tecnología Médica, or ANMAT), under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Social Action (Ministerio de Salud y Acción Social), issued Resolution No. 709/98, which established the National Register of Domestic Sanitary Products (Créase el Registro Nacional de Productos Domisanitarios) and which classified said products according to their level of risk. The revised version, ARG/323, was issued on June 20, 2017, for a 30-day comment period, and includes an amended list of categories of products that are either classified or not classified as domestic sanitary products.As per Article Five of Resolution 709/98, a product’s registration will have a five-year validity. Once this deadline has expired, the products must be re-registered. It … [Read more...] about ACTA Update August 4, 2017 Top International News in Chemical Policy and Regulation
EUROPEAN UNION (EU)SCHEER Will Develop Scientific Opinion On Aluminum Migration Limits For Toys: The European Commission’s (EC) Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER) will develop a scientific opinion on the tolerable intake of aluminum “with regards to adapting the [migration limits for toys].” This measure is in response to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)/World Health Organization (WHO) Committee of Food Additives (JECFA) establishing lower tolerable intake levels for aluminum than those used in the Toy Safety Directive.SCHEER has been requested: ■ To review currently available data on the toxicity of aluminum, taking into account the different tolerable intake levels for aluminum established by EFSA in 2008 and JECFA in 2011; and ■ To advise on a tolerable intake level for aluminum based on most … [Read more...] about Top International News in Chemical Policy and Regulation – January 27, 2017: Europe
Sara Lee Corp. General Counsel Roderick Palmore halts a second when asked to come up with a fresh anecdote, some new concrete example of why diversity matters in the legal profession.He’s been making the business case for diversity for so long, these questions are irritating. So, switching gears, he answers with a story about an employee who dreamed up the innovative tagless T-shirt idea used by Sara Lee’s Hanes clothing brand.Without her on the product development team, would Sara Lee have nixed the annoying tag? Palmore doesn’t know for sure.“The suggestion to do away with the tag didn’t come out of racial experience or socioeconomic status, says Palmore, who works for Sara Lee in Chicago. “But the fact of the matter is that the idea came from a black woman.”For Palmore and a growing number of corporate legal chiefs, including general counsel Catherine Lamboley, it also stands to reason that having a variety of perspectives on a legal team … [Read more...] about Demanding Diversity
The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) recently announced another delay in the effective date of its controversial final rule on workplace examinations in metal/nonmetal operations. At first glance, we might look at MSHA’s delays and assume a regulation delayed is a regulation denied. In the case of MSHA’s final rule on workplace examinations the safer bet is the agency is only now coming to terms with the magnitude of the rule’s impact on the metal/nonmetal industry and its own inspection force.It was not long ago – July 22, 2015 – when MSHA laid the ground work for the final rule by announcing Program Policy Letter (PPL) P15-IV-01. The PPL was the forerunner to the new workplace examination rule. At the time of the PPL’s announcement, its importance was significantly watered down by MSHA’s top officials. Many of us remember the prediction that it did not create a change in the workplace examination regulation made by MSHA’s … [Read more...] about What’s Behind MSHA’s Delay Implementing the Workplace Examination Rule?
Welcome to the New World IntroductionSocial media is a revolution in the way in which corporations communicate with consumers. This White Paper will help you to maximize the huge potential benefits of this revolution and protect against the inherent legal risks surrounding this phenomenon. In this document, you will find practical, action-oriented guidelines as to the state of law in the following areas: Advertising & Marketing; Commercial Litigation; Data Privacy & Security; Employment Practices; Government Contracts & Investigations; Insurance Recovery; Litigation, Evidence & Privilege; Product Liability; Securities; and Trademarks. Everyone has heard of Facebook, YouTube, and MySpace. These are just the tip of the iceberg. There are hundreds of social media sites with tens of millions of participants. And it’s not just individuals. Multinational companies and their CEOs are increasingly active in the social media space via blogs, Facebook fan pages, and … [Read more...] about Network Interference: A Legal Guide to the Commercial Risks and Rewards of the Social Media Phenomenon
Introduction1For all its efficiencies and productivity enhancements, technology in this digital age continues to trend well ahead of American jurisprudence. We have found more ways to exchange information about where we are, what we’re doing, where we’re going and what we’ll do when we get there than can possibly be consumed in a rational and thoughtful manner. One can only wonder whether Sting knew the prophecy of his words when he penned the lyricsEvery breath you take and every move you make2Electronic mail, internet blogging, cellular phone text messaging, instant messaging, and global positioning satellite systems (GPS) are only some of the tools available to employers and employees to help them communicate with customers, clients and co-workers. Managing these tools has proven to be difficult for employers as more companies try to avoid liability for improper use of company information technology. The “now” phase of communicating has created an even … [Read more...] about Every Breath You Take: Blogging, Texting, E-mails and Social Networking in the Workplace
Jasdeep Randhawa is a Lawyer and Public Policy Analyst with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, Kenya. She has previously consulted for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Government of India, the World Bank, Gates Foundation, and the Water Security Initiative at Harvard. She has also served as a Law Clerk in the Supreme Court of India and as a Judicial Marshal in the High Court of Hong Kong. In 2013, she represented India as a Young Delegate at the G20 Youth Forum held in Russia. Jasdeep has also taught courses in both law and public policy in New Zealand, India, United States, and Kenya. She has been selected for a number of competitive international leadership programs. Recipient of several scholarships, academic awards, and fellowships, Jasdeep holds a master’s in law from Yale Law School where she received the Lillian Goldman Scholarship for Accomplished Women, a bachelor’s in civil law … [Read more...] about In Conversation with Jasdeep Randhawa, Lawyer and Public Policy Analyst with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme