New Manpower Blog Mixes Humor with Answers

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<p><strong>Milwaukee &mdash; Aug. 23</strong><br />A new Manpower blog brings to life the oft-ignored, sometimes boring and always important topic of employment law. </p><p>Manpower&rsquo;s resident comedian, singer-songwriter and North American Chief Legal Officer Mark Toth writes The Manpower Employment Blawg. </p><p>Toth dresses like Elvis, sings an employment law rock-and-roll anthem and asks interactive questions such as, &ldquo;What hit an all-time low last year?&rdquo; with answer choices that include &ldquo;American pop culture,&rdquo; in an effort to encourage companies to pay more attention to employment law so they can keep employees happy and lawyers at bay.<br /><br />&ldquo;Don&rsquo;t get me wrong &mdash; I like attorneys, I am an attorney,&rdquo; Toth said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s just that I&rsquo;d like to help companies avoid paying lots of money to attorneys unnecessarily.&rdquo;<br /><br />With The Manpower Employment Blawg, employment law has never been so easy.</p><p>Employment Blawg readers can look forward to learning the subtle nuances of employment law such as &ldquo;Communicate, Communicate, Communicate (Unless You Communicate Stupidly)&rdquo; and &ldquo;Follow Your Own Dang Policies.&rdquo;  <br /><br />And Employment Blawg users might already be a winner! To mark the launch, visitors can participate in the &ldquo;How to Hire if You Want to Get Fired&rdquo; video contest. </p><p>Those who spot the most interview mistakes could take home fabulous prizes, including two airline tickets to anywhere in the continental United States or even a Manpower coffee mug.<br /><br />In the coming weeks, readers also will get answers to burning questions such as:<br /></p><ul><li>Can I ask an employee if he or she has a gang tattoo?</li><li>What should I do if an employee complains of sexual harassment but begs me not to investigate?</li><li>Whom should I call first if an employee comes into my office at 4:57 on a Friday afternoon and informs me that she suffers from several disabilities, including narcolepsy, spontaneous combustion syndrome and spleen-induced hyper-grumpiness and she demands a portable IV hooked up to a Starbucks espresso machine, a fire extinguisher mounted to her head, three-and-a-half weeks off each month and my office. <br /></li></ul><p>The Employment Blawg also contains a variety of resources in sections such as &ldquo;How to Keep Lawyers from Taking All Your Money,&rdquo; which includes guidelines for working with outside counsel, a lawyer score card, a budget forecast table and tips for developing a law firm request for proposal (RFP).<br /><br />Five hundred employee lawsuits are filed per day with nearly 70 percent resulting in favorable rulings for the plaintiffs, and one in every five employment lawsuits is a million-dollar case. </p>

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