Regular readers of the blog probably know about my YouTube channel for the Employment Law Report. This Friday’s Five focuses on recent popular videos I’ve published covering employment law updates, best practices, and an interview with a restaurant consultant. Hope you enjoy the videos, and please subscribe to the channel to make sure you don’t miss any future updates.
Recently I had the honor of moderating a panel discussion on issues facing restaurant operators in California. The panelists were Joseph Pitruzelli owner of Wurstküche, Francis Drelling General Counsel at Specialty Restaurants Corporation, Naz Moin former director of Human Resources at PizzaRev, and Madelyn Alfano owner of Maria’s Italian Kitchen.
Even though the discussion is focused on the hospitality industry, the lessons are applicable to companies, owners, and human resource managers operating in nearly every type of company and industry. This Friday’s Five covers the top five points I took away from the discussion:
- There is no one background that is best in determining success. As you will hear, the panelists all are successful in their respective companies, but all have different backgrounds, and backgrounds that you would not necessarily think would make them successful in their respective positions. Pursue what interests you, and you will be successful.
- Single restaurant owners face the same issues as multi-unit operators.
- Hire for personality – everything else can be taught.
- Back of the house workers do affect the company culture.
- Employees should not be surprised when they are let go. Constant coaching, counseling, and documentation is critical in managing employees. Also, remember to give positive feedback to employees who you see doing exceptional work.
I would like to thank the panelists again for joining me for the excellent discussion. I hope you learn as much as I did from the conversation.
Introducing Zaller Talk – my podcast that covers employment law issues, legal updates, human resources, management issues, and interviews with entrepreneurs and business operators.
Give it a listen on your favorite podcast software or at the links below:
As always, please let me know if you have any topics you would like me to discuss. Enjoy!
You may also subscribe to the California Employment Law Podcast through iTunes by clicking here.
I recently had the opportunity to interview Guy Kawasaki about his New York Times best selling book Enchantment. I like to think of the interview as an extra chapter to Enchantment specifically for business owners and human resource managers about how to effectively manage employees. We spoke about the following topics:
- HR departments should be evangelists, not cops.
- HR needs to embrace social media. A company should even be suspicious of an employee who does not have a Facebook page.
- How to recruit and retain great employees. Hint: It is not about the money.
My review of Enchantment can be read here.
Today marks the official introduction of the California Employment Law Report.
Why start another blog about California employment law? I’ve been continually blogging about California employment law since about the middle of 2005 in various forms. This blog is my “excuse” to keep up-to-date, think about law in different creative ways that sometimes practicing does now allow for, and to keep the practice of employment law fun. Yes, I said fun. For lawyers out there who are burnt-out on the practice of law, and who are ready to turn to a new profession, I recommend that you start your own law firm and a blog. As my own boss, I can now see how rewarding the practice of law truly is, and it took having to not worry about whether I am an hour or two short on my billables or stuck litigating a strategy I do not believe is the best for the client. I hope that this independent voice will come through on this blog, and will add to the discussion about California employment law.
The technology that allows for blogs is quickly changing our world. This is very similar to (if not to a greater extent) the changes the printing press had on society. I cannot state the importance of the Internet’s role in almost every aspect of life today. The Internet has changed, and will continue to change, the practice of law and lawyers need to keep up. There are a few still out there trying to fight this change, but it is all too apparent that we live in a new world (and have been living in it for some time now). In addition to employment law, this blog will also focus on how technology affects the employer-employee relationship and the practice of employment law from a litigation perspective.
Adapting to these great developments in technology, I am conducting webinars on new developments in employment law, and will occasionally post the audio of the webinars here. I also will post my podcasts, which can be subscribed to through iTunes. I can also be followed on Twitter at @Anthonyzaller. I am sure there will be many new ways I will be able to communicate with anyone who is interested in the near future – and I will try my best to keep up.
I am looking forward to the discussion…
I recently conducted a webinar on new developments involving meal and rest breaks, expense reimbursement, paid time off pitfalls, and other wage and hour issues California employers should be aware of. It is approximately 30 minutes. Click here to download, or click here to listen via iTunes.