You may have seen the headlines regarding companies coming under fire for failing to investigate allegations of harassment raised by employees. The company names are familiar: Fox News, Uber, and jewelry stores Jared, The Galleria and Kay Jewelers. There is a legal obligation for an employer to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of reports of workplace harassment. Many companies make bad decisions when it comes to dealing with workplace harassment, leading to lawsuits and bad P.R. Attorney Jeffrey Brodin, who specializes in workplace investigations, will tell us more.
Arizona Artbeat: New Tempe Arts Director - The City of Tempe has hired a new arts director. Theater veteran Ralph Remington will discuss his new role as the citys art director.
Arizona Artbeat: SMoCA Behind the Scenes - Get a glimpse at the newest exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art called Public Trust. It’s a behind the scenes look at how museum employees put together exhibits, catalog inventory, and preserve existing works. Museumgoers can ask questions of employees and get a better understanding of how the museum operates. We also get to see the lengths a conservator goes to as she tries to repair a broken sculpture.
Phoenix Girls Chorus - The Phoenix Girls Chorus is starting their 35th season. They are coming off a whirlwind tour this summer where they were invited to sing at Carnegie Hall. The chorus is composed of five choirs for girls aged 7 - 18 and the mission is to cultivate, inspire, and empower young women to find their voice through world-class music education and performance. Artistic Director Danya Tiller and a member of the chorus will join us on set.
Arizona Artbeat: Scottsdale Cultural Council Name Change - The Scottsdale Cultural Council is changing its name to Scottsdale Arts to more clearly define its role in bringing arts to Scottsdale through its three divisions: the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art. Neale Perl, the president and CEO of Scottsdale Arts, will tell more about what’s behind the name change and rebranding effort.
The Uniform Employee and Student Online Privacy Protection Act (UESOPPA) provides a model for states to adopt to enable employees and students to make choices about whether, and when, to provide employers and educational institutions access to their personal online accounts. The act prohibits employers and educational institutions from requiring employees or students to provide them with access to their accounts or to “friend” the institution. Samuel Thumma, vice chief judge of the Arizona Court of Appeals, Division 1, will tell us more about the act.
Today, Governor Doug Ducey fired Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries. Jeffries was forced to resign after a series of controversies ranging from questionable mass firings of employees to a report that Jeffries bought alcohol for DES employees during a work-related trip. Governor Ducey appointed Henry Darvin, his Chief of Operations, as interim DES Director. Ben Giles from the Arizona Capitol Times will discuss the forced resignation of Tim Jeffries.
Following some controversial firings, Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Tim Jeffries has been relieved of his ability to fire employees without approval from an official appointed by Governor Doug Ducey. Arizona Republic reporter Craig Harris, who has been following the story, will bring us up to date.
For the seventh year in a row, the city of Phoenix’s 23rd Avenue Wastewater Treatment Plant has been honored for its environmental efforts. The plant and employees have won the National Association of Clean Water Agencies Platinum Performance Award. Dennis Porter, Assistant Water Services Director, will tell us more about why the plant was honored.
Get a glimpse at the newest exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art called Public Trust. It’s a behind the scenes look at how museum employees put together exhibits, catalog inventory, and preserve existing works. Museumgoers can ask questions of employees and get a better understanding of how the museum operates. We also get to see the lengths a conservator goes to as she tries to repair a broken sculpture.
A Phoenix company is on a mission to employ more adults with developmental disabilities. We’ll take you to AguaSAC where you’ll meet employees and learn why some say adults with developmental disabilities are more loyal than other workers.
Several Phoenix Aviation Department employees have been disciplined because they knew about controversial flight path changes long before they happened and did not appropriately communicate that information to their bosses. Phoenix city manager Ed Zuercher will talk about details.
A group of Intel employees started a program two years ago to help low-income, high-performing students in the Phoenix-metro area prepare for the SAT college-entrance exam. Anil Goteti, CEO and co-founder of EqualOp and a packaging engineer at Intel, and Viva Valdez, a senior at Mountain View High School who is being helped by the program, will discuss EqualOp.
People across the country and here in Arizona are falling victim to a tax scam. The IRS is holding a press conference in Phoenix on September 3 to warn the public about the scam, which has already hit 1,100 victims to the tune of $5 million. Potential phone scam victims are being told they owe taxes that must be paid immediately with a prepaid debit card or wire transfer by callers claiming to be IRS employees. Bill Brunson of the Phoenix IRS office will talk about the scam.
An ASU economist will discuss the future of job creation in our state and country. President Obama issued an executive order barring discrimination against LGBT employees working for the federal government and federal contractors. A labor law attorney will discuss the order and what it means to LGBT employees in Arizona. Also, a discussion on the legalities of unions allowed for college athletes.
President Obama issued an executive order barring discrimination against LGBT employees working for the federal government and federal contractors. Jeff Brodin, a Phoenix labor law attorney, will discuss the order and what it means to LGBT employees in Arizona.
Starbucks and Arizona State University announced a first-of-its kind program to provide a free online education opportunity for its 135-thousand employees. Phil Regier, executive vice president and dean of ASU online, talks about the new program.
City of Phoenix voters will be deciding this fall on a measure to reform the city’s pension plan for employees. It would end the practice of boosting pensions by adding vacation and sick time, and would transition employees into a 401-K style plan. Tom Simplot, the co-chair of Phoenix Citizens for Pension Responsibility, which opposes the changes, will discuss the issue.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will discuss allegations made by one of his former employees that members of his executive staff were illegally conducting work for his re-election bid while on state time.
The Phoenix city council voted to pass a budget that closed a $37-million budget gap. One of the most controversial parts of the budget was a pay cut for employees. Dustin Gardiner, who has been covering the story for the Arizona Republic, tells us more about the budget.
The National Labor Relations Board has decided that college athletes at private schools are employees, and can therefore can unionize. Stanley Lubin, a Phoenix labor attorney, will discuss the legalities of the issue.
A bill has been introduced that would authorize employees of the Arizona Department of Agriculture to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves that have been preying on livestock. Two other bills relating to that issue have been introduced. Sandy Bahr, chapter director of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club and Bas Aja, executive vice president of the Arizona Cattle Feeders' Association, will discuss the pros and cons of the bills.
Gangplank is a collaborative space where start-ups can work on a variety of needs, such as mentoring, hiring employees and meeting investors. It’s free, and also works to give back to the community. Gangplank has event, meeting and work space for innovators. Jade Meskill of Gangplank will discuss the unique work space.
Sixteen Danny’s Car Washes were raided by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents over the weekend. That occurred after a two-year investigation which alleges the company hired back many of the 900 employees they fired two years ago following a federal audit that revealed those workers were in the country illegally. The 78-count indictment alleges document fraud and i.d. theft, and targeted managers of the company. That is different than previous raids conducted by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which targeted workers. Here to talk about the raids is immigration attorney Liz Chatham, who is also the Arizona Chapter Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
There will be a free screening of the Bill Moyers production, “The United States of ALEC,” sponsored by AFSCME, the Arizona public employees union. ALEC IS the American Legislative Exchange Council, and critics say it allows corporations to direct and produce legislation for state legislatures. Common Cause President and CEO Bob Edgar will introduce the film and present a new report on all ALEC-backed legislation introduced in Arizona this year.
Arizona State Lawmakers are considering several bills that limit the power of labor unions for public sector employees, including police and firefighters. The sponsor of the bills, Republican Senator Rick Murphy, and Democratic Senator David Lujan debate the legislation.
State Representative John Kavanagh shares his views on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that agrees with a lower court decision to block an Arizona law from taking effect that would have eliminated same sex health care benefits for domestic partners of state government employees.
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges upheld a lower court decision to block an Arizona law from taking effect that would have eliminated same sex health care benefits for domestic partners of state government employees. Dan Barr, the plaintiffs’ attorney in the legal challenge to the law discusses the case.
A package of four bills aimed at improving Arizona's Child Protective Services agency have been passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Napolitano. The new rules open the records of children who have died or suffered serious injuries after contact with CPS and also open disciplinary records of state employees. Ken Deibert, director of the Department of Economic Security's Division of Children, Youth and Families, which oversees CPS, talks about how the agency will implement the changes.
A group that wants to require Phoenix police officers and other city employees to enforce federal immigration laws has collected enough signatures to put the measure to a public vote. Randy Pullen, chairman of Protect Our City and Jake Jacobsen, president of the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association weigh in on the issue.
Immigration continues to be a priority for the Arizona Legislature and at the forefront is Employer Sanctions. What bills have cleared committees and what do they consist of? Michael Grant talks to Senator Bill Brotherton about the bill he introduced earlier this month, which penalizes agencies who intentionally hire undocumented employees.