End of the gig economy? Don’t read too much into a California court ruling

This article was originally published on The Conversation.  Uber and Lyft drivers shouldn’t celebrate just yet.  AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar A recent California Supreme Court ruling is being hailed as a “game changer” for the gig economy. That’s because the court adopted a more streamlined test for deciding whether a worker is an independent contractor […]

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Nike’s #MeToo moment shows how ‘legal’ harassment can lead to illegal discrimination

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Nike’s having its #MeToo moment – and it illustrates plainly what’s still missing from our discussion of sexual harassment in the workplace. Women at Nike, fed up with the status quo, recently undertook a covert survey asking about sexual harassment and gender discrimination, which eventually reached the […]

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Lawyers keep secrets locked up – that’s why they get asked to do the dirty work

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Attorney Michael Cohen was recently the target of an FBI raid.  AP Photo/Mary Altaffer Lawyers seem to at the center of lot of scandals lately. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, whose office and hotel were raided by the FBI, is only the latest example. Harvey […]

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Sinclair-style employment contracts that require payment for quitting are very uncommon. Here’s why

This article was originally published on The Conversation.  Sinclair’s employment contracts are kind of like a toll road. You have to pay to leave. oriontrail/Shutterstock.com Sinclair Broadcast Group, a company that owns local news stations across the country, is itself in the news for requiring its newscasters to read a script about “one-sided news stories […]

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Targeting hidden roots of workplace harassment is key to fulfilling Oprah’s promise to girls

This article was originally published on The Conversation. The #MeToo movement was on full display at this year’s Golden Globes, where stars wore black to show solidarity. Among them was Oprah Winfrey, who, in accepting a lifetime achievement award, paid tribute to the women who dared tell their truth, assuring “all the girls watching” that […]

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Adapting to the New Risk Landscape

This article appears in the Harvard Business Review online. For three decades employers have had a clear playbook for responding to workplace harassment: Investigate promptly. Respond reasonably. Discipline privately. The risks companies faced around harassment were primarily legal: Bad situations might end in lawsuits. But lawsuits, for all their headaches, can be managed. Read the […]

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Who’s to blame for keeping Time’s #metoo ‘silence breakers’ silent?

This article was originally published in The Conversation. Who’s to blame for keeping Time’s #MeToo ‘silence breakers’ silent? Time magazine recognized the #MeToo movement as its ‘person’ of the year. Faye Sadou/MediaPunch/IPX Elizabeth C. Tippett, University of Oregon Time magazine just named the #MeToo movement its “person” of the year, recognizing the women and men […]

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