Long story short… Don grew up in the Bronx, and was fortunate enough to attend the Bronx HS of Science. At 19 he jumped at the opportunity to work on a tuna boat out of San Diego. He liked the sea, sunshine, volleyball, surfing and California girls, so he stayed. Don lives in beautiful Coronado, California and is happily married with three sons and four grandkids.
Don has been a California employment practices attorney since 1983. He litigated employment and business cases for 17 years and quit once he figured out that nobody wins a lawsuit.
Since leaving litigation, he has written numerous books and presented more than 500 times to executives nation-wide.
Don was the founder and President of HR That Works, used by 3,500 companies and acquired by ThinkHR in January of 2014. He worked there for two years as a V.P.
Now in his “wisdom sharing years,” Don loves coaching executives and investigates challenging workplace problems. He continues to inspire with his speaking and training.
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Over the years Don has done a 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).
Don Phin’s EPLiC Articles:
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE APPLICATIONS IN INVESTIGATIONS: DETECTING DECEPTION; Winter 2019
DEALING WITH WORKPLACE MENTAL DISABILITIES; Fall 2018
NRLB’S NEW POSITION ON WORKPLACE RULES; Summer 2018
EMPLOYEE HOTLINE REPORTING SYSTEMS; Spring 2018
EMPLOYER LIABILITY FOR THIRD-PARTY SEXUAL HARASSMENT: HOW TO REDUCE THE RISK; Winter 2018
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND EMPLOYMENT LIABILITY EXPOSURES; Fall 2017
GENDER-BASED PAY DISCRIMINATION: LEGISLATION, LITIGATION, BEST PRACTICES FOR PREVENTION; Summer 2017
EMPLOYMENT-RELATED AGE DISCRIMINATION: STATISTICS, LAW, VERDICTS/SETTLEMENTS, PREVENTION; Spring 2017
NATIONAL ORIGIN EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS; Winter 2017
OSHA WHISTLEBLOW ENFORCEMENT: THREE YEARS LATER; Fall 2016
POLITICS AT WORK: WHAT EMPLOYERS CAN AND CANNOT CONTROL; Summer 2016
RETALIATION: THE MOST COMMON EMPLOYMENT-RELATED CLAIM OF ALL; Spring 2016
DEALING WITH UNETHICAL CORPORATE BEHAVIOR; Winter 2016
HOW TECHNOLOGY CHANGES HAVE DISRUPTED THE WORKPLACE; Fall 2015
INTERNAL INVESTIGATION OF EMPLOYMENT-RELATED MATTERS; Summer 2015
PROBLEMS IN MANAGING EXTENDED LEAVES UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT; Spring 2015
NLRB’S AGGRESSIVE RULINGS AGAINST NONUNION EMPLOYERS; Winter 2015
30 YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES INSIGHTS: AN INTERVIEW WITH DON PHIN, ESQ.; Fall 2014
BAD MANAGERS AND HOW THEIR CONDUCT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CAUSING EPL CLAIMS; Fall 2014
GRACEFUL TERMINATIONS: A BETTER WAY TO END AN EMPLOYMENT RELATIONSHIP; Summer 2014
LESSONS LEARNED FROM 100,000+ EMPLOYMENT HOTLINE CALLS; Spring 2014
AGGRESSIVE EEOC ENFORCEMENT PRACTICES; Winter 2014