|Sept. 25, 2018 | www.fisherphillips.com|
Most are familiar with Bill Murray’s classic comedy, “Groundhog Day,” in which egotistical weatherman Phil Connors repeatedly re-lives the date of February 2, 1993. At first, Connors relishes replicating the same events each day, using the opportunity to gain valuable information about his peers, steal money, and woo ladies around small-town Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. As the film progresses, however, Connors begins to view the time loop as a curse and dreads his perpetual existence stuck in Groundhog Day.
I have to tell you about a situation that has been occurring between John and myself. But it’s not what you think! Well, maybe it is. I don’t know. I’m hoping that, as our supervisor, you can help me. To put it bluntly, he likes to pick on me, and I don’t like it. For example, whenever you give me feedback in the team meetings, John sends me texts afterwards saying things like, “wow, sick burn!” or “yikes! can’t you get it together?!” He always adds an “LOL” at the end, but I don’t think it’s funny. And sometimes, in the breakroom, he moves my stuff around to different tables when I get up to grab a drink or microwave something. He also keeps using the office instant messenger to send me emojis during the day—like poking fingers, waving hands, rolling eyes, or the smiley with its tongue sticking out. I’ve asked him to stop, but he keeps telling me I’m overreacting or that I need to “take a chill pill.” When I walk into a room where he is with other people, they all stop talking and then burst out laughing. I’m really frustrated, Susan, and tired of him making fun of me. It boils down to him being mean and annoying and I’d like it to stop. Can you help?
Sincerely, Potential Lawsuit Waiting to Happen
As mass shootings have continued with regular frequency in the United States, our country remains deeply divided, not only with the cause of these tragic events, but also on how to stop them from occurring. Many have called for increased gun control, including a ban on assault-style rifles like the AR-15 and universal background check requirements for all firearms transactions. Others have called for fewer restrictions on law-abiding gun owners’ ability to carry concealed firearms at their places of work and on public property, arguing that additional guns on the scene often prevent unnecessary harm.
It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there were an unprecedented number of changes all through 2017. And if the first two months of 2018 are any indication, things won’t be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, there were so many significant developments taking place during the past month that we were forced to expand our monthly summary beyond the typical “Top 10” list. In order to make sure that you stay on top of the latest changes, here is a quick review of the Top 15 stories from last month that all employers need to know about.
If you work for a certain large company, at any of its many operations across the country, you have the opportunity to enter to win $1 million dollars each year for life when you fill out a March Madness bracket. To hit the jackpot, you would need to select every game in the tournament’s first two rounds with perfect accuracy. The odds of winning? About 1 in 1,943,573. But you could still pocket a cool million if you correctly pick all 32 first-round games. Just last year, a factory worker in West Virginia was only one game short of collecting the $1 million “consolation” prize. Don’t feel too sorry for him, though—his employer gave him $100,000 being the closest out of the 96,108 employee brackets entered in the contest.