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May 20, 2022

On episode 99 of The HR Famous Podcast, long-time HR leaders (and friends) Madeline Laurano, Jessica Lee, and Tim Sackett come together to discuss our new co-host, mailing lists, and periods in the workplace!

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2:00 - We have a new co-host! We’re excited to welcome Madeline Laurano to the HR Famous family. 

4:15 - Madeline is an analyst on TA and HR tech. She’s been in the game for 20 years and started her firm, Aptitude Research 7 years ago. 

6:20 - Any remember of the days of blogger vs. analyst? The good ole days. 

9:30 - JLee gets upset when she makes a “new friend” and then all of a sudden, she’s on their mailing list. 

10:30 - JLee asks the crew if they check who unsubscribes from their mailing list. Madeline gets an email every time someone removes themselves from her mailing list. 

14:30 - The lost episode is unfortunately lost for good :( 

16:00 - JLee references the lost episode which was centered around an older man writing into a help column asking what to do when their younger female co-workers talk about their periods in the workplace. 

19:00 - JLee’s first reaction to the period PTO is that women are more productive so they’ll make up for their time off but then, she started to think about women being treated differently and other logistical issues. 

20:30 - Madeline mentions a company in Sweden that asked their female employees to track their menstrual cycle in an Excel spreadsheet. 

24:30 - JLee found a Wikipedia page for menstrual leave

27:30 - Tim mentions how a lot of these benefits stem from paid family leave and how other countries are really passing the US with their family leave benefits. 

28:45 - Madeline ran a study at her firm and they found that only 11% of participants were comfortable talking about childcare at work. 

32:00 - Madeline mentions how when she was nursing, she had to pump in a dark utility closet where she had to bring a flashlight in to see. 

36:00 - Tim mentions that in his 30 year HR career, he has never had a period-related issue with a high performing female.