Jathan Janove

Jathan Janove

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

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The Employment Law Authority - July/August 2015

A federal appellate court recently reinstated a lawsuit brought by a dining services employee who claimed that she was sexually harassed by a male coworker. According to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, a reasonable jury...more

9/14/2015 - ADA Affordable Care Act Arbitration Background Checks Civil Rights Act Collective Bargaining Deflategate EEOC Electronic Payment Transactions Employee Benefits FCRA FMLA Hiring & Firing Minimum Wage NFL OSHA PTO Recordkeeping Requirements Sexual Harassment Sick Leave Statute of Limitations Title VII Tom Brady Unions Wage and Hour Workplace Investigations

The Employment Law Authority - March/April 2015 #2

In This Issue: - Supreme Court Revives Pregnant UPS Worker's Suit - Spouses of H-1B Visa Holders Applying for Residency Eligible for Work Permits - Turning Metrics Into Money: An Interview With Solange Charas,...more

4/23/2015 - Age Discrimination Discrimination H-1B Pregnancy Discrimination SCOTUS Spouses Title VII UPS Visas Whistleblowers Young v United Parcel Service

Turning Metrics Into Money: An Interview With Solange Charas, Ph.D.

Solange Charas, Ph.D. is chief executive officer (CEO) of Charas Consulting, Inc. In her career, she has served as a chief human resources officer (CHRO) and corporate board director, her research has been published in...more

3/18/2015 - Human Resources Professionals

Information Flow & Employee Engagement: Interview With Amy Haran of USANA

Amy Haran is Executive Director of Communications of USANA Health Sciences. Recently profiled in Utah Business magazine’s “Forty under 40,” she oversees communications for USANA’s 300,000 independent distributors and 1,300...more


The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2015

In This Issue: - High Tech, High Risk: Protecting Health Plan Data: Recent Cyber Attack Reminds Employers to Take Swift Action - EEOC FY 2014 Statistics Are Here: What Do They Mean for Employers? - State...more

2/25/2015 - Anthem Blue Cross Cybersecurity EEOC Employment Policies Enforcement Statistics FLSA HIPAA OSHA Retaliation Supervisors Unpaid Overtime Wage and Hour

If You’re Serious About Your Strategic Plan . . . Don’t Make the “People” Mistake: Interview with Bob Briggs

Bob Briggs is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of PeopleWorks International, an international business performance consultancy. For the past 35 years he has consulted on organizational change and strategic...more

2/12/2015 - Best Management Practices Corporate Culture Leadership Strategic Planning

Martial Arts & Legal Ethics

“No, I’m not disingenuous—You’re disingenuous!” “I’ll see your motion for sanctions and raise you a bar association complaint!” Does fighting fire with fire produce the best results? Or is there another way?...more

2/2/2015 - Legal Ethics Litigation Strategies Young Lawyers

A Commitment to Diversity in Practice Versus in Theory—Interview of Mel Jones, Skanska

Mel Jones is Northwest Diversity Manager for Skanska USA, a multibillion dollar international building and development company. Before joining Skanska, Jones was a civil engineer and owned his own engineering design company....more

1/15/2015 - Diversity Employer Liability Issues Engineering Multinationals Professional Development Race Discrimination Subcontractors Training

Delegation: Ask Permission, Beg Forgiveness, or Practice “Per-Giveness”?

As a boss, have you ever been frustrated by employees who either (a) kept you in the dark or (b) sought your approval for everything? As an employee, have you ever been frustrated by bosses who either (a) kept you in...more

1/6/2015 - Best Management Practices

Laying a Foundation for Diversity & Inclusion: A Case Study

In a previous interview, Michelle P. Wimes, Esq., the Director of Professional Development & Inclusion at Ogletree Deakins, identified challenges that diversity initiatives face and how to overcome them. Here, she describes...more

10/22/2014 - Business Development Diversity Law Practice Management Young Lawyers

Values First! An Interview with GlaxoSmithKline Senior Vice President, PD Villarreal

As described in Dan Pink’s book, To Sell is Human, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the global pharmaceutical, vaccines, and consumer health care company, has adopted a groundbreaking approach to paying its salespeople. Rather than...more

9/12/2014 - GlaxoSmithKline Incentive Compensation

Workplace Lessons from the NFL—An Interview with Ogletree Deakins Shareholder and Former Offensive Lineman, John Gerak

Until his career was cut short by injury, John Gerak played five seasons as an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL)—four with the Minnesota Vikings and one with the St. Louis Rams. As an undergraduate,...more

6/25/2014 - Athletes NFL

The Employment Law Authority - May/June 2014

In This Issue: - Immigration. New proposal aimed at attracting highly-skilled immigrants. - State Round-Up. Learn about the latest employment law news in your state. - Traditional. J. Hamilton Stewart and Matthew...more

6/11/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Employee Handbooks Employer Liability Issues Harassment Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Hostile Environment Human Resources Professionals Immigrants NLRA NLRB Sexual Harassment Visas

Aligning Goals, Resources, and People for Successful Change: An Interview With Tom Robertson, Ph.D.

If you are contemplating organizational change and desire sustained, positive results, there are many factors to consider and steps to take. This post focuses on the concept of alignment. Over the years, Thomas V. (“Tom”)...more

6/9/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Culture Corporate Social Responsibility

Finding Your Organization’s Second Wind: An Interview with Consultant Kent Layden

Kent Layden is a principal at Second Wind Consulting, LLC. In his more than 30 years of practice, he has conducted over 300 organizational development projects for corporations, governments, and non-profits to improve...more

6/3/2014 - Corporate Culture

Best Practices in Employee Engagement: Interview of TIAA-CREF’s Head of Organizational Effectiveness

TIAA-CREF, a financial services company with over $500 billion in assets under management, has made employee engagement a priority. Its Head of Organizational Effectiveness, Josh Greenwald, agreed to share what his company...more

5/23/2014 - Benchmarks Best Management Practices Corporate Culture Hiring & Firing Performance Incentives TIAA CREF

Leadership Lessons from Training Animals: Interview with Certified Speaking Professional Shawna Schuh

In her professional speaking and executive coaching career, Shawna Schuh, Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), frequently draws on her years of raising animals and working with Women in the Pet Industry Network....more


Making the Case for Employee Engagement: A Hard Numbers Approach

Are your employees engaged or are they transactional? Do you believe that employee engagement has a substantial impact on your bottom line? If so, what are you doing to increase employee engagement? In a 2008 study,...more

3/12/2014 - Best Management Practices Law Practice Management ROI Young Lawyers

Employee Engagement & The Bottom Line—Interview With Best-Selling Author Kevin Kruse

Kevin Kruse is a New York Times best-selling author who has written three books on employee engagement, including Employee Engagement 2.0: How to Motivate Your Team for High Performance (A Real-World Guide for Busy Managers)....more

2/28/2014 - Corporate Culture

How To Confront A Performance Problem Without Being A “Quiet Herd Cutter”

In a previous post, I described the “Quiet Herd Cutter” problem, a term I have used to describe a phenomenon especially prevalent in law firms where employees’ failure to meet expectations results in being quietly excluded...more

2/24/2014 - Corporate Culture Law Firm Associates Law Practice Management Young Lawyers

From Employment Litigation To Employee Engagement

This article offers a few suggestions for leaders who would prefer to replace “terminal employment relationships” with ones characterized by high performance, accountability, and engagement....more

2/19/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Managers Risk Management

The Employment Law Authority - January/February 2014

In This Issue: - FAMILY TRIP HELD PROTECTED BY FMLA - Court Finds Worker Continued To Care For Her Ill Mother - WELCOME TO FABULOUS LAS VEGAS! Workplace Strategies 2014 Heading Toward A Sellout - Wage & Hour....more

2/7/2014 - Canning v NLRB Employee Rights FMLA Human Resources Professionals NLRB Posting Requirements Pregnancy Discrimination Reasonable Accommodation Social Media Wage and Hour Wages

Interview With #1 Bestselling Author Daniel H. Pink

Daniel H. Pink’s most recent book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, achieved a publishing “triple crown” by reaching #1 on the best-seller lists of the The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal,...more


What’s the Connection Between Great Customer Service and Employee Engagement? An Interview with a Law Firm CMO

James M. (Jim) McGrew is chief marketing officer (CMO) for Ogletree Deakins. Previously, he was legal counsel and the director of human resources (HR) for Emeril’s, a renowned restaurant group led by Chef Emeril Lagasse and...more

1/23/2014 - Customer Service Standard Law Practice Management

Can An Annual Performance Review Work? A Case Study, Success Story, and Interview

When Suzanne Benoit, Senior Professional in Human Resources SPHR, joined Wright-Ryan Construction, Inc. as its Director of Human Resources, she learned that her employer had been using an annual performance review process...more

1/3/2014 - Annual Assessments Human Resources Professionals Performance Reviews

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