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 insightful episode of our Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Considerations in Mergers and Acquisitions podcast series, attorneys Paul Porretta and Christopher Stock delve into the complex world of multiemployer pension plans. They discuss critical considerations for businesses contemplating the purchase of entities that contribute to these plans. Topics include evaluating the implications of multiemployer pension plan contribution obligations and withdrawal liability exposure, key diligence to focus on, and deal points the parties may consider. Join us to uncover the significant risks and liabilities associated with these plans and gain valuable insights into strategic planning for your business’ future.Continue Reading Multiemployer Pension Plans in Mergers and Acquisitions

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 the companion podcast to our recently published client advisory, Troutman Pepper Partners Emily Zimmer and Constance Brewster delve into the intricacies of the SECURE Act, also known as SECURE 1.0, and its successor, SECURE 2.0. They discuss the significant changes brought by these rules, the proposed regulations issued to clarify how these rules are applied, and the steps company-sponsored plans should be taking now.Continue Reading Long-Term Part-Time Employee Eligibility Rules Now in Effect

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

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

In this episode of the Hiring to Firing Podcast, Partners Tracey Diamond and Evan Gibbs sit down with Carol Cookerly, founder of Cookerly PR, a national marketing, PR, and crisis management firm. Drawing parallels from the TV show, Ozark, they explore how strategic planning and quick decision-making can effectively manage workplace crises.Continue Reading Navigating the Storm: Crisis Management in the Workplace