The Workplace: a Podcast by CalChamber

Expert and entertaining commentary on issues critical to California employers and employees: employment laws, legislative proposals, national/state politics. Commentary on the podcast should not be considered as legal advice.

Episode 42: How Festive Is Too Festive? Tone from the Top Is Key to Avoiding Trouble

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and many companies are deciding to join in the festivities by hosting a holiday party. Although wine or an open bar might seem like a good way to celebrate, employers should be aware that they are on the hook for any mishaps. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, employment law expert Jennifer Shaw joins CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank to discuss what employers can do to avoid the problems that arise when employees drink too much at a company party.

Episode 41: Avoid Secret Santa and Gift Exchange Pitfalls at Work

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As the days inch closer to Christmas, some workplaces may be getting ready to launch a Secret Santa gift exchange. But don’t buy your presents just yet. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw get help from clips of “The Office” to discuss what types of gifts to avoid if your workplace decides to exchange gifts for the holidays.

Episode 40: Tips to Make Performance Reviews Beneficial to Both Employers and Employees

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Annual performance reviews can be helpful for both employers and employees if done right, or can be useless if done poorly. In this episode of The Workplace podcast, CalChamber Executive Vice President and General Counsel Erika Frank and employment law expert Jennifer Shaw discuss employee performance reviews and provide tips on how to draft constructive evaluations.

With the help of a clip of from the television series “The Office,” Frank and Shaw delve into what works for effective performance evaluations and what does not.

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