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…


Plan, Prioritize, Prepare.

Helpful Tips to Quiet Your Billing Woes After 10 years of working at a public defense organization and getting paid a bi-weekly salary, transitioning to hourly billing has presented many challenges. While tracking billables may seem easy enough if you’re like me and have never had to flex this muscle before, billing can be a lot…


Say What?! An Investigator’s View on Conducting Interviews in the Witness’s Native Language

Conducting witness interviews in the witnesses’ native language (or at least by someone with knowledge of the witnesses’ native language for clarifying points where necessary) is vital to protecting the integrity of an investigation for three very important reasons. First, in our experience, witnesses who are able to communicate directly with the investigator tend to offer…


Proud to once again be recognized by Super Lawyers

Elena Paraskevas-Thadani, President and Founder, is recognized again by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, for 2019. It is a pleasure to serve the workplace community by performing sensitive investigations, conducting trainings, resolving disputes as a mediator/arbitrator, and working as an executive coach. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you doing what I…


What is your “Conduct Credit” Rating?

Do you know the exact balance of your credit card when you charge something? Probably not. We use up credit without a clear idea of how much we have, until we get a bill or max out. Some people have more credit than others, which means they can charge more. In the workplace, we have…


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…