Employee Survival Guide®

Employee Survival Guide®

WELCOME TO THE EMPLOYEE SURVIVAL GUIDE® PODCASTThe Employee Survival Guide® is a podcast only for employees. We will share with you all the information your employer does not want you to know about and guide you through various important employment law issues. The goal of the Employee Survival Guide® podcast is to provide you with critical insights about your employment and give you the confidence to protect your job and career, especially during difficult times.The Employee Survival Guide® podcast is hosted by seasoned Employment Law Attorney Mark Carey, who has only practiced in the area of Employment Law for the past 25 years. Mark has seen just about every type of employment dispute there is and has filed several hundred lawsuits in state and federal courts around the country, including class action suits. He has a no frills and blunt approach to employment issues faced by millions of workers nationwide. Mark endeavors to provide both sides to each and every issue discussed on the podcast so you can make an informed decision. EMPLOYEE SURVIVAL GUIDE PODCAST IS LIKE NO OTHERS The Employee Survival Guide® podcast is just different than other lawyer podcasts! How? Mark hates “lawyer speak” used by lawyers and just prefers to talk using normal everyday language understandable to everyone, not just a few. This podcast is for employees only because no one has considered conveying employment information directly to employees, especially information their employers do not want them to know about. Mark is not interested in the gross distortion and default systems propagated by all employers, but targets the employers intentions, including discriminatory animus, designed to make employees feel helpless and underrepresented within each company. Company’s have human resource departments which only serve to protect the employer. You as an employee have nothing! Well, now you have the Employee Survival Guide® to deal with your employer. Through the use of quick discussions about individual employment law topics, Mark easily provides the immediate insight you need to make important decisions. Mark also uses dramatizations based on real cases he has litigated to explore important employment issues from the employee’s perspective. Both forms used in the podcast allow the listener to access employment law issues without all the fluff used by many lawyers. Subscribe to our show in your favorite podcast app including Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Overcast. You can also subscribe to our feed via RSS or XML. If you enjoyed this episode of the Employee Survival Guide® please like us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. We would really appreciate if you could leave a review of this podcast on your favorite podcast player such as Apple Podcasts. Thank you! For more information, please contact Carey & Associates, P.C. at 475-325-5200, www.capclaw.com.The content of this website is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice nor create an attorney-client relationship. Carey & Associates, P.C. makes no warranty, express or implied, regarding the accuracy of the information contained on this website or to any website to which it is linked to.

Episodes

March 18, 2024 54 mins

Can you imagine facing a nightmare in the very place meant for professional growth? Carol Tomka's story, set nearly three decades ago, echoes the chilling experiences that, unfortunately, still resonate in today's workplaces. This episode brings to light the harrowing journey of Carol, who suffered sexual assault and harassment within the confines of her job at Sieler's Environmental Services. Your ears won't be...

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Could your company's efforts to foster diversity be paradoxically fueling discrimination? Unpack the complexity of corporate DEI programs with us, as we scrutinize their waning popularity and the alarming suggestion that these well-intentioned initiatives might actually be nurturing a new kind of racism and reverse discrimination. In an era where affirmative action and its ripple effects are under the Supreme Court's micr...

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Embark on a legal journey that cuts to the core of workplace ethics as we dissect the Billie Banks vs. General Motors case, a paramount lawsuit that challenges our understanding of race-based discrimination and hostile work environments. This episode lays bare the incidents of racial taunts and sexual harassment that Banks endured, exploring the employer's inadequate response and the subsequent legal battles that ensued. We pr...

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Could an algorithm determine your career future? We're peering into the transformative world of AI-driven employee performance reviews, dissecting the complexities and the concerns they introduce into the workplace. This episode takes a hard look at the implications of replacing traditional performance evaluations with AI's continuous feedback loop, as highlighted by the Wall Street Journal. There's a lingering quest...

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Have you ever been thrust into the bewildering maze of disability claims? Fear not, because Mark is here to guide you through this critical journey. On today’s episode is a comprehensive roadmap of the ERISA disability claims process, where Mark unravels the intricacies of both short-term and long-term disability benefits. Each step, from the initial claim to the potential transition to long-term benefits, is packed with nuances an...

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Discover the seismic shift in whistleblower protections as we trace the footsteps of Trevor Murray, the former UBS employee whose courage has carved a new path in the legal jungle. This episode is a treasure trove of insights for anyone standing at the crossroads of ethical decisions in the workplace, offering a guiding light through the murky waters of corporate fraud and employee rights under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. With the rece...

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November 14, 2023 16 mins

Ready to discover the untapped benefits of creating menopause-friendly workplaces? Buckle up as we take you through the enlightening findings of Bank of America's study on menopause in the workplace. We uncover the critical need for employers to address the challenges faced by women going through this life-changing phase. By ignoring this key issue, companies not only fuel gender inequality but also risk financial losses. In o...

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In this episode I discuss why performance reviews do not work and why employers are to blame.  Changing the name doesn't change the game! We confront the rising trend of replacing 'performance reviews' with softer terms like 'feedback' and 'feed forward.' Drawing on my own experiences as an employment attorney, we discuss the distinct lack of effective training for managers and the resulting damag...

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October 10, 2023 22 mins

What if there were laws to protect the rights of pregnant and nursing mothers at work? Well, get ready to expand your knowledge on the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (PUMP Act) and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) that set the pace for better treatment of working mothers. Join us on this enlightening journey as we unravel the intricacies of these acts that mandate employers to provide reasonab...

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The Earth shifted beneath our feet on May 30, 2023, when the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel declared non-competition agreements illegal. This is a game-changer, folks! Our discussion centers around the key reasons why this legal opinion packs the punch of law, the crucial role of administrative deference, and the jurisdiction of significant federal agencies like the NLRB. We also trace the ripple effects of t...

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In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide, Mark addresses one of the worst possible sexual harassment and sexual assault stories that has ever occurred in the workplace. Mark interviews veteran news reporter and author Susan Antilla, NYTimes and Insider, who broke the story.  It is just shocking what happened to Renee Zinsky and other women who worked for this employer.  

The case is captioned as Renee Zinsky v. Micha...

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June 28, 2023 50 mins

In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide, Mark addresses the games employers play with employees.  Mark recently had two consultations with perspective clients and wanted to share the insights he shared with both individuals to help each person understand the games their employers were playing with them and what they could do about it to persuade the employers to pay them increased severance.  Mark provides an overwhelming am...

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In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide, Mark addresses the taboo issue of the effects of menopause and working.  Over half of all employees are women and half of them are at an age where they are experiencing perimenopause and menopause.  Mark raises the issue that employers need to do more to accommodate women going through this transition. That the underlying medical and psychological issues that comprise menopause are in...

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In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide, Mark addresses the issue of oversharing at work.  He explores the pros and cons of oversharing. Obviously, oversharing can be damaging to other employees, i.e. mental nervous conditions and coworker abuse, a sexual harassment comment or ageist comment. But oversharing can also be used as a tool to set up your employer and protect your rights, causing your employer to go on the defense...

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April 12, 2023 20 mins

In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide, Mark attacks the DEI initiative and argues that employers just do not want any DEI initiatives to succeed because it is bad for business.  Mark wastes no time blaming employers for the DEI fiasco now experienced by employees nationwide. 

Links to sources in the podcast episode:

https://www.patreon.com/profvrandall?utm_medium=clipboard_copy&utm_source=copyLink&...

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In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide,  Mark discussses the recent federal government action to provide millions of working Americans new Freedom of Speech rights at work by banning pre and post dispute confidentiality agreements and nondisparagement agreements in severance agreements employees receive when they are terminated. The new rules apply to both private sector employees and unionized employees.  This is a huge de...

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March 24, 2023 16 mins

In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide, Mark prepares your layoff first aid kit and instructs you about what should go into it.  He will discuss (10) ten steps you need to run through when you receive your layoff notice and severance agreement.   Mark offers quick advice from years of handling severance negotiations for thousands of clients.  There is a method and you need understand it to maximize your financial severance ...

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In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide, Mark confronts and explains one of the most overused and most misunderstood employment law phrases out there.  What is a hostile work environment anyway?  Mark wants to end the confusion once and for all. After you listen to this episode you will know what is and what is not a hostile work environment.   

Links mentioned in the show:
https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools...

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In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide, Mark explores the recently enacted federal ban on predispute nondisclosure agreements regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault in the workplace. The Speak Out Act bans or voids any and all predispute agreements from prohibiting anyone for complaining about sexual assault and sexual harassment.  These agreements are not to be confused with severance, settlement agreements- so cal...

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In this episode of the Employee Survival Guide Mark discusses what things you can take and not take with you after being laid off or terminated for cause.   There is a common misperception among employees about what exactly an employer owns. Mark explains that work for hire means anything you do for the employer belongs to the employer. Many employers make employees sign Nondisclosure and Confidential Agreements to protect company ...

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