The Inbox, Double Shot Of Non-Fat Skim Snark Edition
We’re getting over the withdrawal symptoms we suffered on Tuesday, which was National Snark-Free Day – something we learned from this article in the venerable Washington Post. Yes, many thanks, Washington Post, for filling your pages with only the most important information.
In the meantime, several items of interest came over our transom – some with their own built-in snark; others waiting, Ikea-furniture-like, to be brought to life with your snark – but all noteworthy in our area of expertise:
- To hell with this unpaid labor – it’s just too expensive, says Devil Wearing Prada: Magazine publisher Conde Nast – famous for being sued by its interns last year for labor law violations and for a fictional profile that purports to reflect life at one of its leading publications, among other things – has announced it is discontinuing its internship program.
- End your career in 140 characters or less: We’ve written “B4” about social media and the problems they can create for employers and employees but – sigh – some people just haven’t read our cautions yet. Including, apparently, this now-former National Security Council staffer who was tweeting snarky tweets from his workplace just across an alley from the White House that really annoyed his colleagues – often the subject of the anonymous barbs – to no end. Fun fact: Jofi Joseph was fired after he tweeted false information planted as part of an internal “sting” operation to smoke him out.
- Insert your own snarky comment for this one: Pop star Lady Gaga has settled a suit brought by her former personal assistant, seeking overtime for being on call 24/7.
- Night Of The Living…er, well, whatever: Just in time for Halloween, the Wall Street Journal has this piece on the “security horror” caused by departing employees. Maybe that’s a strong way to put it – this or this, frankly, is much more horrifying to us, but we admit it’s a subjective call. In any event, we’ve written about these issues before, but the WSJ piece is an informative (if hyperbolic) read.
- Also, Law360 has republished this great article about the perils of marriage between executives of competing businesses and whether or not firing one (or both) spouses is prohibited discrimination, written by our good friend and colleague John Connolly (and which first appeared at your favorite blog).