Supporting Workbases

As of the end of March 2020, EPT Legal has donated $20,000 worth of services or direct financial support to the community. In addition to our pro bono efforts and our charitable contributions, we continue our mission of making the workplace a better place, through training, internal investigations, alternative dispute resolution and professional coaching. Now…


Today I added my pronoun on LinkedIn.

Today I added my pronoun on LinkedIn. It’s not the one I would have chosen, but it’s the correct one for now. When I was in the 10th grade, my teacher Mr. Greenberg and I had a debate over his comments on an assignment. I had written an essay and had inserted “s/he” throughout as…


How COVID-19 will impact the workplace

How COVID-19 will impact the workplace: There will be a paradigm shift to remote work being more acceptable, after the crisis. When this is over, employers will assess how this worked out for them and will conclude that remote work can work very well in general. More professional conversations during the time of remote work,…


Elena Paraskevas-Thadani to speak on Investigations at the New York City Bar’s Employment Law Institute on March 6, 2020

Employment Law Institute The New York City Bar’s Labor & Employment Law’s annual all-day institute explores recent trends, developments, and cutting-edge issues in employment law. Panels typically include judges, in-house counsel for large New York corporations and financial institutions, representatives from governmental agencies, and top practitioners from both the plaintiffs’ and defense bar. The 6th Annual…


Fundamental Job Search Advice

I have read many online comments from frustrated job-seeking applicants. In particular, the complaints seem to focus on certain themes: (1) employers do not “give people without the exact set of skills or background ‘a chance’”; (2) applicants feel like they are communicating with a “void,” with little or no feedback; and (3) employers are “overly…


The Rules of Mentoring

Whether you are in charge of an official mentoring program in your company, have been asked to serve as a mentor, or are interested in being mentored, it is important to know the rules of engagement. Here they are: According to Dictionary.com a mentor is a “wise and trusted counselor or teacher” or “an influential…


Striated Levels of “Diversity”​

I was recently talking to my teenage daughter about colleges. I told her that a diverse campus would enhance her college experience and suggested that perhaps she would be more comfortable in a co-ed college where many ethnicities, races, nationalities were represented. She responded that she didn’t think diversity was all that important to her. I…


About that “No-Jerks” Policy …

It has been called many names, from the “no-jerk” policy to the “no a-holes” rule. Companies like Uber and Netflix have committed to a warm, open corporate culture, so they have decided on a new approach to mean people: get rid of them. The trouble? So-called jerks can offer outstanding ideas and actually enrich those around them. Don’t they…