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By:  Bill Pilchak – 9/22/14

          Regular subscribers may have noticed that for the first time since February when we began posting items to the EmpLawyers BLawg every Tuesday and Thursday, that we failed to post on Thursday, September 18. We have a good excuse.   Honest.

          As most in our industry know, management labor/employment attorneys get busiest immediately after Labor Day. We are not 100% sure why this is the case, but suspect it is because our brethren and sistren of the bar on the Plaintiff’s side of the courtroom return to work after a leisurely summer off…or possibly after taking time off for an intense scrubbing of their collective consciences by trained therapists.

          In any case, we have been busy as bees, and have photographic proof. Above, you will see the impressive hive that has appeared on the second-story window outside Rhonda Armstrong’s office. In case it’s not obvious, the dimensions are about two feet tall and nearly two feet wide.

          When we became building owners and thus facility managers, we never envisioned this kind of problem. Initially, we considered removing the hive ourselves, fairly sure that the swarm attacking whomever was assigned the task would result in a world-class U-Tube video. Alternatively, we could call an exterminator. However, given our frequent posts on how much we value a great work ethic, we respect all worker-bees, even the non-human kind. After considerable thought, we have decided to let the little beasts thrive…until the coldest day next February, when hymnoptera (bees, hornets, wasps, etc.) are unable to fly. On that sub-zero day, we [by that I mean Dan Cohen] will reach out the window and scrape the hive from the glass and brick. We’re open to suggestions as to what to do with it next. We could burn it, of course, but that would seem like genocide (insecticide?) for those arthropodic workers. A more humane suggestion might be to take it to the undeveloped field across the street, so that they can do what they need to do in the spring.   Ah, Pilchak & Cohen, always “giving back” and helping the little guys…the really little guys.

          So we hope you excuse last Thursday’s missed post. I also hope that you excuse this small confession: The hive is a hornet’s nest, not a bee hive. However, not a single analogy appearing above would work if I admitted that in the first lines.