Evil HR Lady

Things I Learned from My Terrible Playlist

Evil HR Lady

My brother challenged us all to make a playlist of our favorite 25 songs. The rules are no Christmas music, only one song per artist, and it shouldn’t take more than five to ten minutes to make. The latter is so that you don’t overthink it. I love music. i love all kinds of music.

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It’s Okay to Hate Your Job When Others Are Unemployed

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I got an email this morning from a reader who hates his job–for good reasons. He included this line: Now I’m in a job that I utterly despise. I dread every day. I know you will probably say I should be grateful, because so many are unemployed.

2020 232

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I Was Laid Off But Replaced. Is that Legal?

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Like many people, I was laid off as part of a company-wide reduction in workforce due to COVID 19. One of 50-60 people at a software company serving one of the hardest-hit industries. They did a decent job as far as paying some severance, etc.

2020 226

US Women’s National Soccer Team Loses Pay Dispute in Court

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The United States Senior Women’s National Soccer Team (WNT) is a crowd pleaser and they won last year’s World Cup Title. Their paychecks, however, were a lot less than the United States Senior Men’s National Soccer Team (MNT).

2020 256

You Don’t Lack the Discipline

Evil HR Lady

Have you seen the “motivational” tweets and advice about what you should do during Quarantine? Like these: If you don’t come out of this quarantine with either: 1.) a new skill 2.) starting what you’ve been putting off like a new business 3.)

2020 272

The IRS Is Coming for Your Payroll Protection Loan

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So many businesses took out Payroll Protection Plan (PPP) loans that the program’s first tranche maxed out in a few days. Many see this as the only way to save their small businesses. Now, the Internal Revenue Service says it wants a cut.

2020 216

How to Keep Remote Employees on Task Without Spying On Them

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When you take part in a Zoom meeting , you can see your own face on the screen and you should be fully aware that your coworkers can see you and whatever is behind you. This has resulted in some hilarious situations as children, pets, and spouses have wandered into meetings.

2020 222

Your Work from Home Employees Are Burning Out. You Can Help

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When your commute is only 30 seconds long and doesn’t even require pants , it’s easy to think that a whole lot of stress is gone. And, sure that commuting stress is gone, but so is your time to sit alone and listen to a podcast. Working from home can cause a different kind of burnout.

2020 217

How to Properly Reject Job Candidates

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When you start a business, you get to hire the people you want. It’s a great feeling. But, you also have to reject a lot of candidates. While ghosting candidates has been popular over the years, it’s the wrong way to do it.

2020 167

Age Discrimination or Protecting a Vulnerable Employee?

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My “position” was called back to our store after furlough but I was not. My coworker, who I trained and share the position with, was called back yesterday. No one will answer my calls or questions about my possible return. I am 58 years old and have had higher evaluation scores than my coworker.

2020 231

So What Does Hiring Look Like Now?

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Despite the staggering increase in layoffs over the past couple of months, some companies are still hiring. Amazon, for example, has hired more than 100,000 employees in four weeks and has plans to hire 75,000 more.

2020 220

Why You Should Follow Facebook and Pay Remote Workers Less

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Like most tech companies, Facebook sent a lot of their employees to work from home when the Coronavirus struck. Now Mark Zuckerberg says they can stay–but there’s one catch: If they move out of a high cost of living area, they’ll likely see a pay cut.

2020 173

You Love Dress Codes

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Last week I wrote about a judge’s request for lawyers (lawyers!) to get out of bed and put some clothes on before appearing in a virtual court.

2020 227

Kroger’s Overpayment Shows How You Should Not Treat Employees

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Never before has the world appreciated grocery store employees. They kept everyone fed while the world shut down and at personal risk. Grocery store giant, Kroger, offered employees emergency pay, but, unfortunately, a few employees were overpaid. This happens.

2020 170

Swiss Saturday: Quarantine Version

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It’s day 4640 of quarantine here in the beautiful city of Basel. And, I do mean beautiful. We have had amazing weather and while, technically, we don’t have a stay at home order, I live smack in the middle of the city, so going out means running into other people.

2020 213

Airbnb’s CEO Shows All Businesses How to Conduct Layoffs

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The Covid-19 shutdowns have struck the travel industry, and so it’s no surprise that Airbnb needs to layoff workers. What is surprising is the way Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO Brian Chesky went about it. He released a letter to Airbnb staff , explaining the layoff. Here’s what he did right.

2020 190

I Got Fired in My Dream Last Night, and My Dream Boss Did It Wrong

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Do you have stress dreams? They used to be that it was the end of the semester and I’d forgotten about a class and now I was going to flunk it. Or, I couldn’t remember my locker combination.

2020 220

Sexual Harassment and Bullying During Telecommuting

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We all know cyberbullying is a problem. Perhaps we think about it as a teenage problem with the mean girls mocking someone over Snapchat. But, it can be a p roblem in the adult workplace.

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Evil HR Lady on Podcasts

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First, I love being on podcasts. I love listening to podcasts. It’s super fun! So, if you have a podcast, I’m probably happy to be on it. Anyone doing a podcast about labor law violations in Tiger King? I am there. Here’s a few places to hear and see me!

2020 203

Swiss Sunday: Coronavirus Version

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Usually, I’d be at church on a Sunday morning, but today I’m home because church meetings have been canceled. The canton recommended it, and our church leaders decided it was a good idea. The federal government prohibited all gatherings of more than 1000 people and recommended no more than 200.

2020 220

Why Some Employees Don’t Want You to Reopen

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Jamie Black-Lewis owns two spas that had to close due to Coronavirus shutdowns. Like many other small business owners, she applied for and received a loan under the Payroll Protection Plan.

2020 176

Why It’s Okay to Hate Working from Home

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In the past, survey after survey showed that the majority of people want to work from home. Well, now we’ve had a chance. For the past six weeks or so, every job that could be done from home has been done from home. And you know what? It’s okay to hate it.

2020 176

You Can Give Your Employee Antibody Tests, But You Shouldn’t

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Just about everyone wants to see life get back to normal–whatever that means. But, how do you do it safely? Some businesses are talking about doing antibody testing for Covid-19 to determine if people are safe to return to work. .

2020 182

Why Your Sick Policy May be Causing Actual Harm

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Kathleen Moncrieff is a family physician who spends her time off sewing masks for herself and her colleagues, as there is a global shortage. They aren’t as good the commercially made masks, she admits, but they are better than nothing.

2020 204

3 Ways the Coronavirus Has Changed Your Workplace for the Better

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Chances are, your organization made massive changes due to Coronavirus shelter-in-place and other orders. Some of them should be temporary, but some of the changes should be permanent. Let’s look at a few things that have changed. Destigmatized Working From Home.

2020 195

Swiss Saturday: I Learned I’m a Scofflaw

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I’ve lived in Switzerland for almost 11 years, and yet there are still new things for me to learn. Like, for instance, I learned that this picture may be illegal: It’s not potentially illegal because it shows people about to go torch city hall, even though it may look that way.

2020 214

Working From Home Reality Check: No, Your Employees Aren’t All Doing Yoga and Folding Laundry

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People are working at home at record levels–some happily and some not so happily.

2020 201

This Job Candidate Walked Out Before His Interview Started. The Reason Is Instructive for Any Employer

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Miguel Olave waited 35 minutes for an interview. Then he walked out. . He was absolutely right to do so. Five minutes, sure. Ten minutes, I’ll even give you a pass. But, when you let a candidate site for 35 minutes without acknowledging him, you’re going to lose that candidate.

2020 205

The Post-Covid-19 World: 4 Ways HR Will Look Different in the “New Normal”

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I talk about when things get back to “normal” all the time, but that’s never happening. We will be creating a new normal after all the stay at home orders are lifted. What will HR look like in this new world? Well, here are some guesses. More knowledgeable HR. Human resources is a multi-disciplinary field. You need to be everything from a finance expert to a therapist to a salesperson to a lawyer if you want to do everything right.

2020 158

How ‘Workshares’ Can Help You Keep Employees on the Payroll

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Most jobs cannot be done exclusively at home. Essential employees who cannot work at home need to go into work, but what can you do for your non-essential employees who can’t do their jobs from home?

2020 173

How to Replace Toxic Workplace Behavior With Constructive Habits

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People generally respond to positivity with more positivity. A healthy working culture builds on itself through your employees’ everyday actions to create a welcoming and productive company culture.

2020 200

Your Sick Policy Can Make the Corona Outbreak Worse. Here’s What It Should Look Like

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“I can’t use more than 3 ‘unscheduled absences’ in 6 months, or it’s a disciplinary ding. I used up my unscheduled days on sick kids, so when I got sick, I had to wear a mask and come in anyway. I ended up doing chest compressions on my patient while I had a fever.”

2020 201

You Don’t Need a Job Candidate’s Social Security Number at the Application Stage

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You need your employes’ social security numbers. Employers are one of the few organizations that really need social security number s, as you have to pay employees, withhold taxes, and pay taxes. It’s important that you have it.

2020 201

How to Re-open Your Business

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Working from home has saved the jobs of millions during this world-wide shut down, with 98 percent of companies implementing work at home, according to a survey by Challenger, Grey, and Christmas. But, that figure is misleading.

2020 173

5 Ways to Manage a Human Resources Crisis During COVID-19

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Your employees are not okay. In this COVID-19 world, this is a fact for every single one of your employees. They may act like they are okay. They may say they are okay, but they are not okay. Most aren’t pretending. This is just hard. Every one of them faces uncertainty.

2020 182

Ramadan Etiquette in the Office

Evil HR Lady

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan runs from April 23 to May 23 in 2020, which means that you may have co-workers who aren’t eating or drinking between sun up and sundown. Considering the days are quite long in the northern hemisphere this seems like it could be a long and miserable day.

2020 163

How to Help Your Laid-Off or Furloughed Employees Manage Unemployment

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As state after state closes all but essential businesses, many companies are laying off and furloughing employees. Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, warns that unless the government acts appropriately, the country could end up with 20 percent unemployment. If you lay off (or furlough) your employees , they are eligible for unemployment.

2020 179

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Hiring a Cleaning Lady–Or Any Other Kind of Employee

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In honor of National Women’s Day, working women are supposed to fret about other working women who happen to work for us. Let me explain. Sally Howard researched cleaners, by working with them. Fair enough.

2020 187

Employment-at-Will Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

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“I live in an at-will state, so there’s nothing I can do, but…” I see this phrase, or one similar, all the time. But at-will doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all when companies want to fire someone. Here’s what you need to know (as an employee or an employer).

2020 197

What Can HR Do to Help Prevent Burnout?

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Have you ever felt just… done? Overwhelmed, utterly exhausted and detached or unmotivated at work? If that feeling persists for longer than a day or two, you may well be suffering from burnout as a result of chronic stress (often tied to your job).

2020 183

The Coronavirus Has Been Devastating for Some Companies. 6 Questions to Ask Before You Consider Layoffs

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With Coronavirus now a pandemic, it’s safe to say your company can expect interruptions if it hasn’t already felt them.

2020 183

Workers Must Get Paid for Scheduled Time

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If employees are scheduled to begin working at 6 a.m., but no one from management shows up until 7 a.m. to unlock the doors, can the workers be penalized and docked an hour of pay? To read my answer, click here: Workers Must Get Paid for Scheduled Time. Leave your own in the comments!

2020 163

How to Lay Off Employees When Everyone Is Remote

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Rent the Runway laid off all of its brick and mortar staff. With stores shut and parties canceled, layoffs make complete sense. But, they reportedly did it via Zoom. Is that acceptable? In the pre-social distancing rules, the answer to that would be a resounding no.

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