In this episode of Hiring to Firing, hosts Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs delve into the complexities of employing foreign workers with special guest Robert Lee, partner at Troutman Pepper who leads the firm’s immigration practice. Listen as they discuss various work visas and legal compliance issues involving business immigration. The episode also explores the real-life implications of visa denials and the process of marriage-based citizenship, featuring clips from the popular film, The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds.Continue Reading Employing Foreign Talent: Visa Challenges and Compliance Insights, Featuring The Proposal

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, hosts Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs are joined by Terri Gillespie, general counsel at Stateside Brands, a family-run business. The three draw parallels from the popular TV series, Modern Family, and share their own personal experiences working with family members. Join us for an engaging conversation, offering practical advice on how to navigate the unique challenges of working with family while making the most of its benefits.Continue Reading Unique Challenges and Benefits of Family-Run Businesses, Inspired by Modern Family

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, hosts Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs, along with Erin Cannon, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Troutman Pepper, draw parallels between the popular reality TV show Big Brother to discuss the future of corporate DEI programs after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard. They discuss the benefits of affinity groups, the importance of allyship, and the significance of focusing on inclusion and belonging in the workplace.Continue Reading The Reality of DEI Programs: A Big Brother Perspective

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs, along with Dan Sieck, a partner in the firm’s Corporate practice group, discuss the hit TV show Silicon Valley and the concept of garden leave. What are the pros and cons of having employees sit on the bench? What is the difference between garden leave and noncompete agreements? Tune in for an engaging dialogue on this unique aspect of employment transition.Continue Reading Unraveling the Concept of Garden Leave: Insights From Silicon Valley

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs navigate the evolving landscape of employee sick days in a post-COVID-19 workplace. Special guest Lisa Whittaker, director and managing counsel, employment and labor law at The J.M. Smucker Co., joins them for a humorous discussion of the use and abuse of employee sick days, using clips from the popular TV show, Parks and Recreation. Tune in for an insightful discussion!Continue Reading The Evolution of Employee Sick Days in a Post-COVID-19 Workplace With Parks and Rec

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs draw insights from the TV series NCIS to discuss effective workplace harassment training. Our hosts are joined by Victoria Pasquale, chief human resources officer at Pritchard Industries, who shares her expertise on structuring effective trainings for her employees. Listen as the group explores how to capture their audience’s attention and drive home important messages in an engaging way.Continue Reading Effective Harassment Trainings: Best Approaches With Insights from NCIS

Published in Law360 on February 26, 2024. © Copyright 2024, Portfolio Media, Inc., publisher of Law360. Reprinted here with permission.

“Minority Report,” a cinematic masterpiece that debuted over 20 years ago, continues to resonate with audiences today. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise, the movie takes place in the year 2054 where a special police department, called Precrime, apprehends criminals before they commit a crime based on information obtained from three psychics, called Precogs.Continue Reading Water Cooler Talk: Investigation Lessons in ‘Minority Report’

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs, along with fellow Partners Sheri Adler and Mary Weeks, chat about the ultimate whistleblower — police officer Frank Serpico — and the SEC’s recent crackdown on whistleblower provisions in employment and separation agreements. Listen in as the group shares a top 10 list of drafting tips to ensure compliance.

Continue Reading Navigating Employment and Separation Agreements: Lessons From Al Pacino’s Serpico

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs welcome Katie Stark, senior director, commercial counsel for Collegium Pharmaceutical. The team delves into the topic of dress codes, drawing inspiration from the movie Erin Brockovich, and explores the intersection of personal style and professional expectations. As a bonus, the trio also share their most embarrassing fashion faux pas!Continue Reading Dressing for Success: Workplace Fashion Inspired by Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs are joined by Marie Latoff, president and founder of Verita, LLC, a firm specializing in workplace investigations. Drawing parallels from the movie Minority Report, they discuss best practices and pitfalls to avoid when conducting workplace investigations.

Tune in for an engaging and informative discussion about navigating the investigation process.Continue Reading A Deep Dive Into Internal Workplace Investigations: Tom Cruise’s Minority Report