Voices: In The Trenches

In the Trenches follows Acme, a hypothetical company, as it struggles to resolve HR issues and other workplace problem.

In the Trenches: Does a medical diagnosis entitle workers to choose their own boss?

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme wonders if it violated the ADA by refusing an employee request for change in supervisor.

Penny Payup, an accounts receivable assistant in Acme’s finance department, went out on 12 weeks of FMLA leave after suffering an acute panic attack at the office one day. Her manager, Sal Snappish, had flown off the handle again, accusing her of falsifying a monthly report, to hear Penny tell it.

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In the Trenches: When it comes to screening applicants, how thorough is too thorough?

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme wonders if they are breaking the law by conducting background checks.

08/19/2014

In the Trenches: A slap in the Facebook

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme wonders if employees have the right to bad-mouth the company on social media.

05/19/2014

In the Trenches: Too close for comfort

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme wonders what constitutes gender discrimination or a hostile work environment.

04/10/2014

In the Trenches: How iron-clad is a non-compete agreement?

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme learns what happens when good employees leave.

02/21/2014

In the Trenches: Employees or independent contractors - Can Acme's HR department tell the difference?

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme wonders if its plan to turn its workforce into independent contractors is foolhardy or foolproof.

01/06/2014

In the Trenches: An issue of weight

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme wonders if the Americans With Disabilities Act has mass appeal.

11/05/2013

In the Trenches: Can improving plant safety lead to espionage?

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme learns what happens when safety concerns and proprietary information collide.

09/04/2013

In the Trenches: When it comes to workplace teasing, how much is too much?

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme tires to differentiate between teasing and ridicule in the workplace.

06/11/2013

In the Trenches: Is hiring a deaf machinist a sound decision?

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme contemplates the ramifications of hiring a candidate with disabilities.

05/14/2013

In the Trenches: Whistleblower or disgruntled employee?

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme learns not to drag its heels on dealing with poor performers.

03/26/2013

In the Trenches: A not so merry mixer

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme's holiday party jeopardizes relationships with its customers.

03/11/2013

Paying for safety

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme wonders if workers should get dressed and undressed while they're on the clock.

01/07/2013

Social media warfare

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme discovers that Twitter is anything but frivolous.

12/18/2012

Show me your papers

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme deals with labor unrest amongst undocumented workers.

12/04/2012

Harassment at home

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme wonders how to address harassment when it takes place during non-work hours.

10/30/2012

Does off-the-clock work count as overtime?

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme wonders if a supervisor's sleep warrants overtime.

10/15/2012

Are hourly engineers profitable?

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme considers turning its engineering department into a non-salaried division.

12/27/2011

No good deed goes unpunished

In this edition of In the Trenches, a part-time do-gooder gets the axe when he rats out a software pirate.

11/09/2011

Coworkers with benefits

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme learns some of the finer points of workplace romance.

09/30/2011

Unauthorized modifications to material handling equipment can be trouble

In this edition of In the Trenches, Acme learns that unsafe production processes prove expensive.

07/20/2011