Published: Sep 01, 2020
Assistant General Counsel, Human Resources, Labor and Benefits
8:15 AM: Handle a race discrimination allegation from a senior-level employee. Assess the issues and ultimately determine to bring in an independent investigator to handle. (Often I would investigate such an allegation myself, although this issue involves a situation where I am a witness so I cannot do it myself.)
10:30 AM: Counsel a human resource officer regarding a termination in Mexico of an employee for an integrity breach with a customer.
11:00 AM: Revise a letter to a pregnant employee. We're redefining her job duties due to her request to go part-time.
11:30 AM: Discuss a potential plant shut down of a site in South America.
1:15 PM: Discuss a performance management situation. Advise various human resources personnel of the need for documentation and due process (hearings, and so forth).
1:35 PM: Advise human resources personnel regarding an ADA and FMLA issue for an employee who had exhausted FMLA leave but still needs additional time off.
2:15 PM: Look at and research a short-term disability issue as it relates to an ongoing workers compensation case.
2:50 PM: Talk with outside counsel regarding a "whistleblower" case.
3:30 PM: Meet with the president about ongoing business and HR issues at a particular site.
4:10 PM: Discuss four ongoing grievances at one of our union sites. Selected arbitrators with the union.
4:45 PM: Discuss a bonus scheme for employees with HR personnel in our United Kingdom division.
5:30 PM: Research some sex discrimination and harassment issues for a financial employee.
6:00 PM: At the end of the day, I conduct performance management training for a group of managers.
8:00 AM: Arrive at the office and start the morning with your daily review of the news wires to see what developments are afoot in the energy world: corporate merger rumors, congressional legislation proposals, updates on the latest accounting scandal, announcements by a foreign government about a new infrastructure project or environmental policy.
9:00 AM: Your phone rings – it’s a Legislative Assistant from a Congressperson’s office on "the Hill.
8:30 AM: Come in to open up the office. Since you are the first person a visitor sees upon entering the office, it is your responsibility to ensure that the reception area is neatly kept and that there are plenty of brochures about things to do in Washington, DC.
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