A Valentine’s Workplace Tale

first_imgTHIS BLOG SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE, PERTAINING TO SPECIFIC FACTUAL SITUATION OR ESTABLISHING AN ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP. Well, there are now fewer calls to the phone banks of plaintiffs’ lawyers’ as most problems resulting from holiday parties already have been raised.  But plaintiffs’ lawyers have no fear: there will be a salvo of calls after Valentine’s Day.  And that reminds me of a story.It is 9:00 a.m.  A secretary reports to her desk.  Waiting for her is a sealed card.The secretary opens the envelope and it is a Valentine’s Day card from her manager.  Having undergone sensitivity training, the manager signs it “fondly” as opposed to “lovingly.”The employee is creeped out and goes to HR. HR talks with the manager based on a script we had prepared together.HR asks the manager if he knows why the card is inappropriate.  He responds “No.”HR asks the manager to whom else he gave a Valentine’s Day card and he answers, “his wife.”  Again, it is asked:  “Do you know why card was inappropriate?”  Again, he answers “No.”We now take out the crow bar.  Is there anything you do with your wife in privacy that you don’t do with secretary?  Ding. Ding. Ding.Of course, we did not directly ask the last question, but we get the message across.We explained to him that employees can be “so sensitive” when their bosses tell them:To the love of my lifeI cherish our moments togetherI love youRecommendation: A little email education on this issue to your managers now could save your company a lot of money later.  It’s not complicated: don’t give employees in your chain of command, or over whom you have direct or indirect influence, a Valentine’s Day card. There is some risk in giving cards to peers. But in the absence of a power differential, that risk is less.Of course, that does not mean that everyone who sends a Valentine’s Day card is intending to convey a romantic message.  After all, there are now Valentine’s Day cards for parents, kids, etc.For some, the Valentine’s Day card is simply a way to say you are important to me.  The problem is the nature of the holiday may confuse the reason as to why the employee is important.Yes, Valentine’s Day this year falls on a Saturday, so there will be fewer cards. That means even hungrier plaintiffs’ lawyers to fall in love with you.last_img read more

Florida ~ Property Tax: Just Value Homestead Exemption Amendments Approved

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportFlorida voters approved Amendment 5 in the November 8, 2016, general election to change the current property tax exemption that may be granted for property with just value less than $250,000 owned by certain senior, low-income, long-term residents to specify that just value is determined in the first year in which the owner applies and is eligible for the exemption. The amendment will take effect January 1, 2017, and will apply retroactively to the 2013 tax roll for any person who received the exemption before 2017. Individuals who were granted the exemption in prior years but became ineligible because the just value of the homestead rose above $250,000 may regain the exemption if they otherwise are still eligible and apply for a refund.PTO 16-08, Florida Department of Revenue, November 9, 2016, ¶206-228last_img read more

Khaledas eye surgery successful

first_imgBKhaleda ZiaNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has undergone a successful eye surgery at an eye hospital in London.The BNP chief underwent the surgery for cataract in her right eye at Moorfields Eye Hospital on Tuesday evening (London time), said her media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan on Thursday.He said doctors discharged Khaleda three hours after her successful surgery.Sayrul said Khaleda’s eldest daughter-in-law Dr Zubaida Rahman was there in the operation theatre during the surgery.He said the BNP chief sought blessings from the country’s people for her early recovery.On 15 July, Khaleda went to London for receiving medical treatment and spending time with her family members there.Earlier on 16 September 2015, she went to London and underwent a surgery for cataract in her left eye.The BNP chief may return home after celebrating Eid-ul-Azha with her family members in London.last_img read more

Body of shop owner found hanging

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a businessman whose body was found hanging from the ceiling of his shop.The incident occurred in Bankura on Wednesday afternoon. Police said the victim, Atanu Barat, used to run a sweet shop in Bankura for many years. Like other days, the victim opened the shop on Wednesday morning. The victim’s wife went to the shop in the afternoon after sending her son to a nearby school. As soon as she stepped into the shop she found her husband hanging from the ceiling fan. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeLocals immediately rushed the victim to Bankura Sammilani Medical College and Hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe. Police later sent the body for an autopsy. They are investigating into the incident and trying to find out the reason behind his alleged suicide. Cops are yet to confirm if the victim had committed suicide or there was any foul play behind his death. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe sleuths are interrogating his wife and some locals in this connection. The other businessmen in the area told police the victim seemed apparently happy and his business was going good. Police are also probing people to know if the victim had any personal or business rivalry. The investigating officers are waiting for the autopsy report which might throw some light on the death of the victim. A detailed probe has been initiated.last_img read more