“Ellen DeGeneres will give staffers perks like paid leave & eye contact” links

Ellen Degeneres attends the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California © Jill Johnson/jpistudios.com

Ellen DeGeneres is showering her employees with “perks” like paid time off, eye contact, increased medical leave & she won’t scream at you if you have chipped nail polish. [Dlisted]
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People are feeling wanderlusty in these pandemic days. [Jezebel]
Issa Rae is gorgeous & her legacy is amazing. [LaineyGossip]
I could honestly spend all day looking at photos of Elizabeth Taylor. [Go Fug Yourself]
Class Action Park looks interesting! [OMG Blog]
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  1. lucy2 says:

    Have to laugh Ellen’s people are describing 5 days paid time off and medical leave as “perks”. While I’m glad all this is making things better for the employees there, how did they not have that stuff already!?
    JHud looks lovely.
    I went to Action Park in the 90s, and it was terrifying.

    • whatWHAT? says:

      Traction Park? hahahaha…my bf and I (both NJ natives) were just talking this AM about how crazy that place was.

  2. Case says:

    Did Ellen’s employees not get PTO time before now? What the heck?

    • MarcelMarcel says:

      A multimillionaire talk show host built her career on ‘niceness’ and had to been publicly shamed into providing PTO. It illustrates that Ellen created a toxic & exploitative workplace.

    • Flamingo says:

      California has specific, required paid sick time. Minimum 3 days a year accrued at 1 hour per 30 hours worked. A lot of employers don’t give employees PTO since they are required to get paid sick time. It becomes really tricky when you have employees living outside of California as you shouldn’t give more time to people in one state over another. She probably didn’t offer PTO as they are on break from taping over the holidays and during the summer.

      I think she’s a terrible person, but the PTO part isn’t as egregious as the article makes it seem. It’s actually kind of the norm in entertainment. I had a former client in entertainment who makes Ellen look like Mother Theresa. (Hint: he was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Barf.) His employees received no sick time, PTO, or even lunch breaks as they are not required in Florida. The only time they got off was when he was off golfing, yachting with his 7th wife, or at rehab. It is unfortunately part of the business.

      • Case says:

        Hmm, interesting. I don’t live in CA but I get 10 days of sick time and a separate 10 days PTO/vacation time, which I thought was standard for office-type jobs (many jobs actually offer way more vacation time than what I get). I’ve honestly never heard of a job in an office/professional setting not providing both, but I guess entertainment is different. Perhaps them not working summers factors into it, but I don’t know if it should.

      • Lwt00 says:

        This is correct, and it’s not just Ellen’s show that does this. In TV, you’re either working every day or you’re unemployed or on hiatus.

        Doesn’t mean its right, but it’s definitely not just the Ellen show.

      • MarcelMarcel says:

        @Flamingo thanks for the context! I guess I’m inclined to think the worst of Ellen because she is clearly an exploitative boss.
        I wonder if this will be enough to fix her public image. I never got into her show but it’s wildly successful. So I’m curious to see if she recover from this scandal. She is an out lesbian… however she’s also white & wealthy so the odds are probably in her favour.

      • Chanteloup says:

        @ Flamingo, I’m assuming the pathetic excuse for a human you are referring to is Rush Limbaugh? And at first I was like, what’s wrong with saying his name? And then I realized even typing that combination of letters made me feel sort of nauseous. He’s so awful

      • SamC says:

        I guess I wondered how much of these decisions, beyond state and federal laws, are up to the person who’s name is on the show vs HR policies of the company or network that owns the show.

      • Penguin says:

        10 days paid leave for an office job?! Christ, I don’t know how people in the US do it. I get 30 days a year and that doesn’t even include national holidays or Christmas to New Year’s.

      • Crumpets and Crotchshots says:

        Penguin, I had a job once where we had zero sick time or PTO for the first year– we had t9 put in a full year in order to be allowed to accrue 5 days PTO for the year (still no sick time). Whhhhoooaaaaa. I think this is criminal. The US workplace is very, very dysfunctional.

  3. minime says:

    I love Issa Rae’s work! That cover looks spectacular, she’s gorgeous!

    • lucy2 says:

      She is truly beautiful!
      I love her work too, and that she’s all about bringing others up with her. She’s right, that will be much more of a legacy and an achievement than winning an award or having personal success.

  4. Intheknow says:

    I loathe her. She should do this properly or F the F off!

  5. tealily says:

    I love Shudder. Looking forward to Joe Bob’s Halloween special. The summer sleepover was a blast.

  6. SamC says:

    I grew up in NJ and yeah, Action Park was nuts. My parents wouldn’t let me go on half the rides.

  7. Leah says:

    Paid leave for a few days, wow how generous. *eye roll*

  8. SamC says:

    With the exception of birthdays off, the benefits Ellen’s employees are now going to get are pretty standard for full time employees, not anything amazing or above and beyond.

  9. adastraperaspera says:

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus made me laugh last night, and she put me in a mood to fight back against Trump! She was a happy warrior, and the writers just slayed with those lines she skillfully delivered!

  10. Sorella says:

    Ellen is doing damage control. Giving people what MOST people already get. She needs to get off our TV. She is not kind.

  11. Lori says:

    Will people actually watch Ellen’s show now?

    • Case says:

      I think she’s really going to have a hard time bouncing back. Her image is ruined. I don’t see people tuning in and falling for her act anymore.

  12. fluffy_bunny says:

    Is it 5 extra days or just 5 days? Last job I had I had 26 PTO days and federal holidays. We also got 5 extra if we got married and a cash bonus and use of a classic car or limo owned by the company. And we had our own country club and it was really cheap to get married there. Ellen’s people are getting hosed.

    • Joanna says:

      Wow! That’s better than any place I’ve worked!

    • El says:

      I mean, I literally don’t know ANYONE who gets those perks. Ok 1 friend does have 20+ days of vacation, but she’s been with her company for 15 years and worked her way to that much time, at the beginning she had 5, so she’s only been enjoying that much vacation time for maybe 3-4 last years.
      You’re getting spoiled, and it’s GREAT! I’d LOVE to have those perks, even though I’m already married and don’t plan to take advantage of them, but now nice for younger folk. But if it’s your first and only job, I think your outlook is not realistic.

  13. Tin says:

    How can she not notice that all her employees avoid eye contact with her? But, it is normal for random employees to not be allowed to interact with the star or guests. I know someone who worked on the Letterman show. They weren’t supposed to speak to him or any guests either.

  14. minx says:

    I burst out laughing at the headline about “paid leave and eye contact.” And then the inside pic of Ellen’s demonic eyes 😂😂😂

  15. Jwriter says:

    Basically every tv show on Comedy Central does not offer medical, dental, paid time off, sick pay, maternity leave…etc. Very frustrating because we’re progressive but they say the shows are run are total hypocrisy. Get Christmas off! But sorry we’re not gonna pay you! So good luck making rent, buying any gifts for your kids, or trying to travel. But people don’t talk about this…I find the focus on Ellen gendered, cuz I work in tv and the behavior by male hosts and EP’s is just as bad if not worse then hers, yet she’s been slammed while other late night hosts skate by.

    • Lori says:

      I thought it was because she was pretending to be kind.

    • lucy2 says:

      Sounds like there needs to be an industry wide overhaul.

    • Flamingo says:

      Please don’t say it’s Trevor Noah. Don’t ruin my celebrity hall pass. But really, is it Trevor Noah? I could kind of see him having strange/ stupid rules for his staff.

      • Jwriter says:

        No Trevor Noah is awesome! The Daily Show is the exception—literally—because Jon Stewart fought for those benefits for his staff during one of his contract negotiations.

  16. Lila says:

    I’m happy for Rachel McAdams. She seems to have privacy and happiness with her little family, I’m sure they’ll have a lot of joy in their new arrival.

  17. The Recluse says:

    I don’t have Shudder, but 61 days of Halloween works for me.
    I need the distraction.

  18. Krshna says:

    Didn’t expect this from Ellen tbh, very surprising.

  19. Izzy says:

    How DeGenerous of her. /s