Episode 46 – It’s My Service Stallion!

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We’ve been waiting a long time to talk about this one:  service animals! What is a “real” service animal? What do you do when an employee shows up with their “emotional support wolverine?” What should you do when a coworker is allergic to another coworker’s service cat? Also, can you really fire someone because they…

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Episode 45 – I Hate Them and I Hope They All Burn

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Marc and Dennis are coming to you from #ASHHRA18 in beautiful Pittsburgh PA! Why does the U.S. Women’s soccer team get paid a fourth of what the Men’s team gets paid, even though they are clearly way, way better? What is our podcasting buddy Jon Thurmond up to these days? What inappropriate message did one coworker…

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Episode 44 – Work is Boring

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Which is the more heinous offense:  Using a bad pun on your name as a business name, or forcing your employees to attend bible study during working hours? Do your good intentions outweigh your employment law violations? What does a pre-millennial think about the modern workplace?  (hint-it involves farts.) And finally, is there a difference…

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Episode 43 – Slavery: Still Bad

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Here’s a topic we never thought we’d have to talk about: Slavery. Turns out human trafficking and indentured servitude still exists in the American Workplace (well, at least two workplaces in South Carolina and a Thai restaurant in Portland). We also never thought we’d talk about Marc’s career as a dollar-store cashier, but here we…

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Episode 42 – Stupid and Lazy

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Don’t you just hate it when the strippers you thought were properly classified turn out to be employees and sue you for unpaid overtime? What do you mean that’s never happened to you – you think you’re better than us, don’t you? Well, we talk about strippers and cheesecake in this episode. And how filming…

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Episode 41 – The Raving Racist Customer is Always Right

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What should a hospital do when a patient insists on a female doctor?  A Muslim therapist?  A white nurse?  Marc and Dennis break down the legal issues that arise when a customer demands service based on gender, religion or in some cases, race. What if your religion forbids you from shaking hands with the opposite sex?…

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Episode 40 – C U Next Monday

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We can’t advise strongly enough against posting revenge porn.  Especially if you happen to be an airline pilot and you name your employer when you post it.  But what is an employer to do?  Find out what they shouldn’t do in this episode! What do you do if you get an unsolicited booty call text? …

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Episode 39 – When You Don’t Know the Law, Ask Google!

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Since I’m a small employer, I can totally discriminate against people, right?  Not so fast!  Marc and Dennis talk about the importance of location, location, location when it comes to employment law compliance. Our first advertisement!  (We just need to collect our bill, and we’ll be rolling in dough). And, a great listener-submitted story about…

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Episode 38 – Speak From Your Scars, Not From Your Open Wounds

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I am writing to inform you that Marc has decided to leave the Hostile Work Environment to spend more time with his family, and Dennis has decided to leave to pursue other interests. (Just kidding — we’re here to stay. ) But we do talk about what special guest and People and Culture professional extraordinaire…

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Episode 37 – Dead People are Really Bad at Paying Their Bills

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Marc and Dennis return to their favorite industry – funeral homes – to discuss a serious issue: What should you do when you find out the owner of the company is engaging in horrific sex harassment (which may or may not involve corpses)? Why is higher education-in particular, the sciences-a hotbed of gender discrimination? Why…

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