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A FordHarrison blog about the world of entertainment & how it pertains to HR 2017-06-19T14:47:21Z
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Wonder Woman and the fight against unconscious bias

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:31
Not only has the recently released Wonder Woman movie garnered mainly favorable reviews, but it has been highly successful at the box office, having made more than $200 million domestically in its first two weeks of release alone. From a purely movie industry insider perspective, the success of Wonder Woman is incredibly important to Warner...
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White House gone wild!

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 09:19
These days, just about anyone with an Internet connection and some time on their hands enjoys a wonder of the modern age: binge-watching. One of the first, and still one of my favorites, is Netflix’s House of Cards. No matter how over-the-top the plot twists become, no matter how difficult it is to follow the […]
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Avoid singing the blues: how employers can mitigate wage/hour liability

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 08:49
In the last few years, there have been multiple headlines noting that celebrities are being sued for their (or their businesses’) failure to pay wages in accordance with applicable state and/or federal law. Two such recent lawsuits involved famous singers. First, Lady Gaga had a lawsuit brought against her by her former personal assistant,...
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Howard Stern’s day off : the danger of digging for details when employees call in sick

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 07:39
Shock Jock Howard Stern took an unexpected day off from his radio show last week which prompted a firestorm of speculation on social media as to the underlying reason for his absence.  Although Stern’s absence was initially attributed to a “personal day,” many fans speculated that Stern’s sick father was the real reason he missed […]
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10-step plan for fair and balanced approach to preventing workplace harassment

Wed, 05/17/2017 - 07:51
In less than a year, Fox News has lost its founder and one of its most well-known anchors due to widespread sexual harassment allegations. Fox News recently reported that 20th Century Fox paid $10 million in sexual harassment settlements in the first quarter of 2017 alone. How can Fox News be proactive in avoiding harassment […]
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Standing ovation for Adam Jones at Fenway

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 08:47
Last Monday, the Orioles made headlines for more than just their 5-2 win over the Red Sox at Fenway Park.  Orioles player Adam Jones reported that Red Sox fans called him a racial slur several times and threw a bag of peanuts at him as he was entering the dugout. Police reportedly ejected 34 people, […]
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Fox News & Bill O’Reilly—best practices for conducting internal workplace investigations

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 03:47
Bill O’Reilly’s reign as a Fox News favorite came to an abrupt end amid a series of sexual harassment allegations against him. After the most recent allegations, Fox News hired large law firm Paul Weiss to conduct its internal investigation.    Workplace investigations are tough, and if your organization can’t afford (or simply does not...
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Unwritten rules cause uncertainty in sports and at work

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:07
Anyone who follows sports, even on a casual basis, has heard about “unwritten rules.” But the problem with unwritten rules is that sometimes they can be subject to different interpretations and standards. This is because, well, the obvious reason that they aren’t written down for everyone to see.  Take the baseball series this past weekend...
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Pick me! Pick me! NFL draft lessons for HR

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 13:05
The NFL draft is fast approaching, and with it comes the multiple prognostications and mock drafts that try to divine which teams will try to link up with the which talent coming out of the college ranks. Each team will compile exhaustive profiles on which player prospects fit their urgent needs. Fans will hang on […]
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Tragedies on and off the silver screen: How to avoid costly workplace injuries

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:39
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is the title of a science fiction horror film that was recently released worldwide. The horror that occurred behind the scenes in the making of the movie rivaled the fictional onscreen terror. First, the leading actress’ stuntwoman, Olivia Jackson, sustained life-threatening injuries, including cerebral trauma, a...
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“Boss Baby”—an adorable film about leading others to succeed

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 08:38
My kids are begging me to take them to see the new movie “Boss Baby,” an animated film about a baby (who is actually a savvy business leader) who leads other babies in an uprising against puppies, who are encroaching on the babies’ long-held monopoly on love and attention.  The movie exemplifies, in a fun […]
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ADA and Batman—by Robin

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:21
Recently, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing the new Batman movie to focus on his recovery following recent treatment for alcoholism. His reason for stepping down was due to his belief that he was unable to give the directing role the focus and passion it requires.  Alcoholism and drug addiction present complicated issues under the […]
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Will and Grace reunited

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:01
Ever since the cast of Will and Grace reunited for a mini episode encouraging all of us to vote in 2016, the Internet has been in a frenzy about the possibility of a revival 18 years after the show first aired. In January, the news broke that NBC has ordered a 10-episode limited revival series […]
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What’s in a name? Bias in the workplace

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:46
As Shakespeare wrote, “that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But there is in fact much to a name—a name can convey a sense of identity, culture, and family history. Recently, a series of viral tweets illustrated how much something as simple as a name could affect an […]
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Our Brand is Crisis … prevention and management

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 13:16
Alleged communications with Russian officials, an Attorney General recusal, and claims of impermissible wiretapping. Guess you could say it’s been an active past few days in the world of U.S. politics. Heck, it’s been a flurry of activity for a while now, and more is certainly to come, starting with the revised executive order regarding...
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And the winner, uhhh….

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:42
Everyone else is writing about it, so we may as well discuss it, too.  Unless you’ve been living in a cave, by now you are well familiar with the enormous gaffe at the end of the Oscars on Sunday night. For those of you walking out of your cave, here’s a quick rundown:  Warren Beatty […]
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