About Don Phin

About Don Phin

“I met Don Phin as a student in the Money and You program presented by Excellerated Business Schools. I was immediately struck by his focus, pragmatism, love and compassion. Don is the prototype of the new professional for the twenty-first century. He understands that his professional success, as well as the success of those around him, has as much to do with people’s feelings as with his technical skills or anything else. Don’s unique ability to bridge various disciplines and take a common-sense approach toward workplace relationships is destined to make a significant contribution for years to come.”

–DC Cordova, CEO of Excellerated Business Schools

Don Phin has been a California employment practices attorney since 1983. He litigated cases for 17 years, figured out how ridiculous it all was, and decided to help employee and companies avoid destructive dramas. In 2002 Don built HRThatWorks which he sold to ThinkHR in 2014. After two years as a VP on the ThinkHR executive team Don left as planned to begin his newest adventures!

Dons is coaching HR executives remotely, conducting workplace investigations and supporting the HR consulting needs of ThinkHR members through HRSherpas.com

Don has written 6 books on the workplace, created dozens of training programs and presented to hundreds of CEO, HR, and insurance groups. His goal is to help companies build powerful employment relationships that grow careers and the bottom line.

Don has been the co-editor of the prestigious EPLiC Journal published by IRMI since 2001.

Don’s latest program is Great HR.

 

Over the years Don has done an ginormous amount of publishing. In addition to self-publishing over 24 training programs, 30 special reports, and 5 books, he has written for numerous risk management and HR journals. Much of his legal writing has been in his role as Co-editor of the Employment Practices Liability Journal (EPLiC) published by the International Risk Management Institute (IRMI). Here’s what he has written for EPLiC

AGE DISCRIMINATION: IS 50 THE NEW 65? By Don Phin, Esq. (Spring 2017)

NATIONAL ORIGIN DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS: EMERGING TRENDS AND POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2017)

RETALIATION: THE MOST COMMON EMPLOYMENT-RELATED CLAIM OF ALL By Don Phin, Esq. (Spring 2016)

TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING: WHEN HR MANAGERS OBSERVE UNETHICAL OR ILLEGAL BEHAVIOR By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2016)

TECHNOLOGY DISRUPTIONS AND WORKPLACE LAW—SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE By Don Phin, Esq. (Fall 2015)

MANAGING EXTENDED LEAVE UNDER THE ADA By Don Phin, Esq. (Spring 2015)

COMPANY FIRED EMPLOYEE IT REGARDED AS A (LEGITIMATE) SAFETY CONCERN: A LESSON ON JOB ACCOMMODATION FOR ALL EMPLOYERS By Don Phin, Esq.  (Spring 2014)

LESSONS FROM 100,000+ HR HOTLINE CALLS: AN INTERVIEW WITH LAURA KEREKES By Don Phin, Esq.  (Spring 2014)

EMPLOYER INDEMNIFICATION AND DEFENSE: IF AND WHEN TO DEFEND EMPLOYEES SUED IN THE SCOPE AND COURSE OF EMPLOYMENT By Don Phin, Esq. (Fall 2013)

TWO RECENT SUPREME COURT RULINGS AND HOW THEY IMPACT YOUR EPL EXPOSURES By Don Phin, Esq. (Summer 2013)

FRANCHISORS BEWARE: YOU MAY BE LIABLE FOR TORTS COMMITTED BY YOUR FRANCHISES IN CALIFORNIA By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2013)

THE EEOC’S RECENT GUIDANCE MEMO’S EFFECT ON PREEMPLOYMENT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS By Don Phin, Esq. (Summer 2012)

THE TRAPS AND PITFALLS OF ENFORCING ATTENDANCE POLICIES By Don Phin, Esq. (Summer 2012)

THE UNINSURABLE RISKS OF HUMAN RESOURCES PRACTICES By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2012)

EPL CLAIM “MATH” AND THE REALITIES OF HR RISK By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2011)

OBESITY IN THE WORKPLACE: OBSERVATIONS AND SOLUTIONS By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2011)

NEW RULES FOR THE WORKPLACE: HOW FOLLOWING THEM CAN LOWER YOUR EPL CLAIM RISK By Don Phin, Esq. (Fall 2010)

A CHECKLIST OF KEY COMPLIANCE CONCERNS By Don Phin, Esq. (Summer 2010)

MANAGING TEMPTATION: NAVIGATING THE PERILS OF OFFICE ROMANCES By Don Phin, Esq., and Ryan D. Marshall (Spring  2010)

THE 1099 TIME BOMB: AVOIDING THE PERILS OF MISCLASSIFYING INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2010)

KEY EPL CLAIM AND VERDICT DATA By Don Phin, Esq. (Fall 2009)

SOCIAL MEDIA AND ITS EPL IMPLICATIONS By Don Phin, Esq. (Fall 2009)

FMLA TRAPS FOR THE UNWARY By Don Phin, Esq. (Spring  2009)

CALIFORNIA LABOR LAW UPDATE: NEWLY EMERGING TRENDS OR A REFLECTION OF THE NATIONAL PICTURE? By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2009)

EMPLOYEE FREE CHOICE ACT: FACT, FICTION, AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2009)

THE WORLD IS BECOMING A RISKIER PLACE—INCLUDING YOUR WORKPLACE By Don Phin, Esq. (Fall 2008)

WILL EMPLOYMENT CLAIMS BY HISPANICS INCREASE? By Don Phin, Esq. (Summer 2008)

AVOIDING A LITANY OF COMPLIANCE EXPOSURES IN THE HIRING PROCESS By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2008)

“BOYS WILL BE BOYS”: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE KNICKS’ $11.6 MILLION SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION CLAIM VERDICT By Don Phin, Esq. (Fall 2007)

CORPORATE WELLNESS PLANS: COMPLYING WITH HIPAA AND OTHER REGULATIONS By Don Phin, Esq. (Summer 2007)

FMLA TRAPS FOR THE UNSUSPECTING EMPLOYER By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2007)

THE CRITICAL TRANSITION: FROM EMPLOYEE TO MANAGER By Don Phin, Esq. (Fall 2006)

AN EPLI QUIZ By Don Phin, Esq., and Bob Bregman, CPCU, ARM (Spring  2006)

EPLiC CROSSWORD PUZZLE (Winter 2006)

PERFORMANCE APPRAISALS: MORE DESTRUCTIVE THAN BENEFICIAL By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2006)

SOME RANDOM EPL QUESTIONS By Don Phin, Esq. (Summer 2005)

RED FLAG ALERT: SIX COMMON EMPLOYMENT SITUATIONS THAT CAN LEAD TO EPL CLAIMS By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2005)

THE UNIFORMED SERVICES EMPLOYMENT AND REEMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ACT OF 1994: HONORING OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN By Don Phin, Esq. (Summer 2004)

PERSPECTIVES OF AN EMPLOYEE-PLAINTIFF’S LAWYER: OBSERVATIONS YOU CAN USE TO PREVENT CLAIMS By Don Phin, Esq. (Winter 2004)

IRMI UPDATE SURVEY RESULTS: EPLI COVERAGE FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZE EMPLOYERS By Bob Bregman (Fall 2003)

WORKERS COMPENSATION RETALIATION CLAIMS: TAKING BACK RESPONSIBILITY By Don Phin, Esq. (Fall 2003)

RICHARD HERR V. NESTLE: A $5 MILLION AGE DISCRIMINATION VERDICT By Don Phin, Esq. (Summer 2003)

INDIVIDUAL SUPERVISOR LIABILITY: A GROWING RISK EXPOSURE By Donald A. Phin, Esq., and R. Douglas Carpenter, JD (Spring  2003)

RETALIATION CLAIMS: EXPOSURE, CONTROL, AND COVERAGE By Robert Breman and Donald A. Phin, Esq. (Spring  2001)

“WHERE DID MY STOCK GO?” UNDERSTANDING AND AVOIDING EMPLOYEE STOCK OPTION CLAIMS By Fred Plevin, Esq., and Donald Phin, Esq. (Winter 2001)

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES LIABILITY (PART II)  By Donald A. Phin, Esq. (Spring  2000)

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES LIABILITY (PART I)  By Donald A. Phin, Esq. (Winter 2000)

WORK FORCE RISK MANAGEMENT FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM By Donald A. Phin (Fall 1999)

 

 

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