A Turkey of A Song (You’re On Your Own for the Bird)

As our Thanksgiving gift to you ERE brings you this special edition of turkey-flavored Roundup. (And I thank you in advance for not leaving comments like, “Sure was a real turkey,” etc.)

The special feature is attorney Jeff Nowak’s family Thanksgiving song, with lyrics that everyone who has ever dealt with FMLA issues will enjoy (a word that may not coincide with your FMLA experience).

Click the image to hear Nowak’s rendition of Albuquerque Turkey and you’ll know in a flash why he keeps his day job as co-chair of Franczek Radelet’s Labor and Employment Practice. If you prefer to avoid frightening children and pets, you can read the lyrics here.

Turkeys Are History

OK so we didn’t spend much on your Thanksgiving present, but, hey, what did you get from your employer? Bloomberg tells us 80 percent of you got nada. Its survey says the tradition of employers handing out turkeys is almost one for the history books. Only 4 percent of employers still do that.

Bloomberg goes on to say that 97 percent of employers will give employees the day off. But then the survey says 33 percent will have at least some employees work. Kind of confusing unless you read closely. Turkey day is a PTO day, which means if you have to work it, you might get OT or a comp day. A stingy 8 percent of employers will make employees work and pay them only straight time.

Work For Us. We Stay Closed

So who’s working today? Oh, you know. It’s the usual public safety, hospital and healthcare, and critical services workers, like retail clerks at Kmart, WalMart, and a bunch of other stores that will lure shoppers with 60″ TVs for $499.

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Another group of stores is claiming the high ground by staying closed, and promoting that fact loudly. Nordstrom, Costco, GameStop, and some two dozen or more chain stores will be closed today. And, in the words of The Washington Post,though they’ll lose out on a day of bargain-hunting, they’re winning a type of publicity money can’t buy: One Today Show segment highlighting them is headlined, ‘Family trumps profits at these stores.'”

Ah, ha! A new recruiting campaign for next season’s retail hiring: “You get Thanksgiving off.”


John Zappe is the editor of TLNT.com and a contributing editor of ERE.net. John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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