Author Archives: Shayna Balch

Shayna Balch

About Shayna Balch

Shayna H. Balch is an associate at Fisher & Phillips LLP in Phoenix where she handles matters across all facets of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, restrictive covenants, preventive counseling, employee training, personnel policies and employment agreements. She is also an incoming member of the Valley of the Sun Human Resources Board of Directors in 2012 and currently serves as chairperson of the organization’s Legislative Action Committee, where she is focused on educating members about current and pending legislative changes as well as influencing the legislative process by bringing the voice of human resource professionals to lawmakers. For more information, please visit

“The Beauty Bias” Brings To Light Physical Discrimination In The Workplace

physical discrimination
September 25, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Workforce

Hypothetically speaking, if Jennifer Aniston was competing against Susan Boyle for an office job and had the exact same resume, who would be more likely to score gig? And what if Aniston had less experience than musically-gifted but regular-looking Boyle? According to “The Beauty Bias,” written by Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode, nearly 60 percent… Read More →

Intern Season: The Six Criteria To Allow Unpaid Internships

Intern Season: The Six Criteria To Allow Unpaid Internships

Here’s the six criteria a business must meet in order to allow unpaid internships. It’s no secret that today’s economy is tough. Students are working hard to learn needed skills in the career of their choice, while current members of our workforce are going back to school and training to learn a new trade. The… Read More →

Office Fragrance’s Becoming Real Issue

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Office fragrance is becoming a real issue. Asthma. Fragrance sensitivity. Allergies. It may sound “rash,” but many types of fragrances in the workplace can trigger anything from breathing issues to hives to nausea to headaches — and everything in-between. These reactions can be so bad, in fact, lawsuits are being filed — and won —… Read More →

March Madness: Rules To Follow In The Office

March Madness

March Making You Mad? March Madness: Rules To Follow In The Office The football season is over — and there are probably a few business owners happy about it. Why? Some studies suggest that fantasy football costs American businesses $615 million in productivity per NFL week. But, when one chapter ends, another begins — time… Read More →

Flirting With Office Disaster? Minimize The Risk Of Office Romances

Offices Romances
February 7, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Legal | Workforce

Minimize the risks associated with office romances; here are a few tips to keep in mind. Every year around Valentine’s Day, offices across Arizona smell of freshly-delivered flowers and Belgian chocolates. But what if the person sending the flowers and chocolates works with you? It’s not as uncommon as we’d like to think. In fact,… Read More →

Avoiding Unhappy Office Holiday Parties

Office Holiday Parties
December 8, 2011 by in Columnist Spotlight | Legal | Workforce

Avoiding Unhappy Office Holiday Parties Everyone loves a good company holiday party. They’re usually a fun way to unwind with your peers in a non-work environment, but sometimes these situations can take a quick turn for the worse. From sexual advances to drunken car rides home, holiday cheer can quickly turn into fear when you… Read More →