Lance Haun

About the Author

Lance Haun is an editor at The Starr Conspiracy, a marketing agency focused on the enterprise HCM market. He spent three years as an editor at ERE Media and seven years in the recruiting and HR trenches before joining the agency. You can follow him on Twitter, circle him on Google+, check out his blog or contact him directly at

A Battle We Need to Keep Waging: More Parental Leave For U.S. Employees

Paternity leave

I’m 33. Many people in my age group are having kids and are realizing just how bad family leave policies are in the United States. Me? I’ve known it my entire professional career. The U.S. offers just 12 weeks of job protected, unpaid leave for many, but not all, mothers. Out of 185…

How to Publicly Criticize Your Employees the Way Phil Jackson Does


Phil Jackson, who has won more championships than any other professional basketball coach, had some things to say recently about how the New York Knicks have been playing. Unfortunately, he told the world about it on Twitter, like someone complaining about bad dinner service at a hotel restaurant (via the New York Daily…

Finding “A” Level Talent Is Highly Overrated

LeBron James

I just got back from NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. For those not in the know, it’s a time when rookies and those looking to make a team’s 15-man roster come to play for almost two weeks in scrimmages. The event is small and fairly inside. It was my second year going…

Holiday Bonuses: Great If You Get One, But Don’t Get Your Hopes Up


Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is celebrating with classic holiday posts from the past. Look for them through Christmas Eve. In the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase’s character Clark Griswold puts a down payment on a swimming pool for his family based on an expected holiday bonus from his company….

A Noble HR Myth: The Forced Resignation That Avoids a Tough Talk


This week, I read a story on about how Mack Brown, longtime coach of the University of Texas Longhorn football team, is going to resign this week: The source reiterated Brown would not be coaching at Texas in 2014. By the end of the week, that will be the outcome,” the source…

Overcoming Fear of the Holiday Party

Mad Men Christmas party

Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT will celebrate with some classic holiday posts from the past. Look for them over the next two weeks. Nothing cracks me up more than war stories from employment lawyers about the holiday season. One guy I know says his phone is ringing off the hook…

When Will HR Wake-Up About Transparency and Software Pricing?


I’m on my fourth wedding ring (I’ve only been married once though). I’ve lost a lot of things really important to me (my favorite Portland Trail Blazers hat is in the back of seat pocket 17C on an American Airlines flight, if you ever find it), but the ring thing is always most…