Employment Class Actions Survive Despite Wal-Mart Ruling

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Employment Class Actions Survive Despite Wal-Mart Ruling. The end of the road for a class-action discrimination lawsuit brought by female employees of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Supreme Court decision last month siding with the world’s largest retailer was widely seen as a blow to many other would-be class-action plaintiffs. million current and former workers at the retailer, who contended they were paid less than men and denied promotions, was properly certified as a class.

10 middle-class jobs that are rapidly vanishing

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10 middle-class jobs that are rapidly vanishing. Travel agents, proofreaders, transit security all are seeing big declines “The American dream is dead for the majority of America,” financial guru Suze Orman told Forbes last year, speaking about her upcoming book "The Money Class.". The middle class has disappeared,” she said. Are stable, well-paying middle-class jobs an endangered species? Forbes.com slideshow: 10 disappearing middle-class jobs. In 2008, U.S.

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How to Be Happier in the Next 30 Minutes

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» How to Be Happier in the Next 30 Minutes I have a cold, little motivation for doing much of anything productive, and my kids' school district canceled classes today because it's supposed to (not that it has yet) snow two inches this morning (only in Seattle!)

Help your manager help you improve your job skills | Cube Rules

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Help your manager help you improve your job skills Written by Scot Herrick on January 15, 2008 in management 1 Comment - Leave a comment!

How Sending My Child to School Taught Me About Why People Hate HR

Evil HR Lady

And the explanation I was given was "we haven't decided how many classes to have." I'm a fan of transparency, efficiency and as little paperwork as possible. It seems the school system tries to be opaque, mind-numbingly slow and filled with paper.

Happy Birthday Deb!

Evil HR Lady

Now you are in a protected class. See, I remembered ! The thing all of us HR types dream about

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Training to the Rescue

Evil HR Lady

He states: We don’t need communication classes, we need “What makes sense to run an ER safely and efficiently” classes! I realize that is a lot harder than pulling a "communication" class out of our HR bag of tricks, but it would also make it worth everyone's time The Emergency Room is about to get some communication training. The docs met with the “communication expert” the other day who is a social working, behavioral health RN (who I am sure has not practiced in years).

Training to the Rescue

Evil HR Lady

He states: We don’t need communication classes, we need “What makes sense to run an ER safely and efficiently” classes! I realize that is a lot harder than pulling a "communication" class out of our HR bag of tricks, but it would also make it worth everyone's time The Emergency Room is about to get some communication training. The docs met with the “communication expert” the other day who is a social working, behavioral health RN (who I am sure has not practiced in years).

Interviewing Ability May Help Your Career

Hiring Technical People

→ Interviewing Ability May Help Your Career Posted on July 23, 2008 by johanna I’ve been in email contact with Pradeep Soundararajan for a few months now. Hiring Technical People Hiring technical people and being hired can be difficult, no matter what the economy is doing.

Family Owned Business

Evil HR Lady

Not being friends with the boss is not a protected class. My company is a family owned manufacturing business. The owner's son manages the place while the owner has moved to another state. The son hires a friend of his and promises to pay him more than the set amount that entry level employees make. This friend had no prior experience to warrant being paid more, nor has the company ever paid any employee in this position more than another in this same position (as a starting pay).

Family Owned Business

Evil HR Lady

Not being friends with the boss is not a protected class. My company is a family owned manufacturing business. The owner's son manages the place while the owner has moved to another state. The son hires a friend of his and promises to pay him more than the set amount that entry level employees make. This friend had no prior experience to warrant being paid more, nor has the company ever paid any employee in this position more than another in this same position (as a starting pay).

What Are Your Expectations for New Grads? | Hiring Technical People

Hiring Technical People

Posted on June 6, 2008 by johanna Jack Vinson writes in New Grad Hires: Ready and Willing, but Are They Able? , Hiring Technical People Hiring technical people and being hired can be difficult, no matter what the economy is doing. Use the tips here to hire better, or find a new job.

Policy Problem

Evil HR Lady

I've also been the recipient of many dumb phone calls, including ones that went someone like this: "I'm looking at the tuition reimbursement policy and it says that in order to be reimbursed, I have to get at least a C in the class. I had asked one of our HR ladies via e-mail 3 different times to supply me with the tuition reimbursement policy our company has. After waiting over 6 months I went to our companies intranet site and searched "tuition reimbursement".

Policy Problem

Evil HR Lady

I've also been the recipient of many dumb phone calls, including ones that went someone like this: "I'm looking at the tuition reimbursement policy and it says that in order to be reimbursed, I have to get at least a C in the class. I had asked one of our HR ladies via e-mail 3 different times to supply me with the tuition reimbursement policy our company has. After waiting over 6 months I went to our companies intranet site and searched "tuition reimbursement".

Making it Harder to Get Hired

Evil HR Lady

And for the record, it's not illegal to discriminate in hiring; it's only illegal to discriminate based on certain protected classes. People like to get their knickers all twisted up over discriminatory hiring practices. Certainly you can discriminate against idiots, if you would like. You can also discriminate against smart people, which I have known some bosses to do on the misguided theory that they'll look smarter if all their underlings are dumb. But, that's an other topic.)

Making it Harder to Get Hired

Evil HR Lady

And for the record, it's not illegal to discriminate in hiring; it's only illegal to discriminate based on certain protected classes. People like to get their knickers all twisted up over discriminatory hiring practices. Certainly you can discriminate against idiots, if you would like. You can also discriminate against smart people, which I have known some bosses to do on the misguided theory that they'll look smarter if all their underlings are dumb. But, that's an other topic.)

Asking for Severance

Evil HR Lady

I am in a protected class and wondered if I should be asking for a severance package? You'll note none of them have to do with your protected class status. Being in a protected class doesn't mean you can't be terminated, it just means you can't be terminated because of your status. Your protected class status can help you here--not because it's relevant, but because they may not know that it's not relevant.

Asking for Severance

Evil HR Lady

I am in a protected class and wondered if I should be asking for a severance package? You'll note none of them have to do with your protected class status. Being in a protected class doesn't mean you can't be terminated, it just means you can't be terminated because of your status. Your protected class status can help you here--not because it's relevant, but because they may not know that it's not relevant.

Fewer Jobs? Readjust How You Reach Your Career Goals

Career Key

Just like fashion, job opportunities for most people (who are not top of their class, top school) are part of a cycle; people who are not "elite" candidates get squeezed out during times of economic uncertainty and recession. For example, you (hopefully) should have clear writing skills from your college classes.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Evil HR Lady

You say you are not challenged at your training job, yet people aren't coming to their scheduled training classes. I'm in HR and currently have a job where I was responsible for creating a training program. I was the first person to do this for the company and everyone thinks I'm doing a fantastic job. Actually, I'm in 2nd gear. I came from a completely different industry and was in a generalist/manager position. In this capacity I worked like a dog and was generally miserable.

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Evil HR Lady

You say you are not challenged at your training job, yet people aren't coming to their scheduled training classes. I'm in HR and currently have a job where I was responsible for creating a training program. I was the first person to do this for the company and everyone thinks I'm doing a fantastic job. Actually, I'm in 2nd gear. I came from a completely different industry and was in a generalist/manager position. In this capacity I worked like a dog and was generally miserable.

Don't Assess Cultural Fit with Personal Questions

Hiring Technical People

You are correct; unless you hit on a protected class, the questions aren’t actually illegal. to discriminate for non-job-related reasons, as long as those reasons aren’t about race, gender, religion, or other protected classes.

Managing Education Debt by Early Career Choice

Career Key

By making the right career choice early on, you: choose and pay for the training only necessary to reach your career goals, instead of paying for unnecessary classes, spend less time in school and more time working to reach your career goals, and focus your effort on building the skills needed for better paying jobs in your chosen career. The trick to managing education or college loans is to limit the amount you take on to the bare minimum.

A Potential Bad Manager

Evil HR Lady

Are there projects or classes you can take on to help with this. I've been reading your wonderful blog for a while, so I'm hoping you and/or your readers can come up with some helpful suggestions. I've been working at the same medium-sized company for 15years. My current manager is getting ready to retire within the next 2 years. He supervises 8 people (including me), divided into 3 teams, and is generally very by-the-book but can be flexible with the rules if one makes a good case.

A Potential Bad Manager

Evil HR Lady

Are there projects or classes you can take on to help with this. I've been reading your wonderful blog for a while, so I'm hoping you and/or your readers can come up with some helpful suggestions. I've been working at the same medium-sized company for 15years. My current manager is getting ready to retire within the next 2 years. He supervises 8 people (including me), divided into 3 teams, and is generally very by-the-book but can be flexible with the rules if one makes a good case.

Part Time Exempt

Evil HR Lady

Their written PTO policy for full-timers does not apply to me, as I'm a different class (part-time). I am an exempt employee, this is not only stated in my written offer letter, but also by the fact that my job specifications include independent authority, hiring and firing influence, and management of a department. I am paid over the weekly minimum amount for exempt status. I am in agreement that my job is that of an exempt employee. However, I am paid by the hour.

Part Time Exempt

Evil HR Lady

Their written PTO policy for full-timers does not apply to me, as I'm a different class (part-time). I am an exempt employee, this is not only stated in my written offer letter, but also by the fact that my job specifications include independent authority, hiring and firing influence, and management of a department. I am paid over the weekly minimum amount for exempt status. I am in agreement that my job is that of an exempt employee. However, I am paid by the hour.

Prying Supervisors

Evil HR Lady

There are, perhaps, a limited number of substitutes available to cover classes. Is a supervisor allowed to ask an employee why they need to take the day off? The employees at the child care center that I manage are required to complete a request form when needing to take off part of the day or the whole day, stating when they need off and why.

Prying Supervisors

Evil HR Lady

There are, perhaps, a limited number of substitutes available to cover classes. Is a supervisor allowed to ask an employee why they need to take the day off? The employees at the child care center that I manage are required to complete a request form when needing to take off part of the day or the whole day, stating when they need off and why.

Age and Career Decisions: Are the Older, Wiser?

Career Key

As education costs spiral upward, the differentiation between social classes increases, and the digital divide expands, opportunities to advance into more educated jobs decrease. The influence of age on decision making is once again in the limelight. While monitoring the Democratic nomination bloodbath in Pennsylvania, I came across an interesting NYT article on age as a predictor in voting habits.

Manager Troubles

Evil HR Lady

There is a training class for X on June 5th and 6th at Y location. The three previous people in this job attended this class." What is the best way to deal with a team leader who is constantly putting others down verbally, cussing me and other employees, and milking the time clock for overtime? I have been to the HR dept. here and all they have done is get my team leader to sign a paper saying he will not use inappropriate language. Of course he never quit being a jerk.

Anti-Fraternization Policy

Evil HR Lady

I've taken classes at the local college and accepted every opportunity for job-related training. They have split their staff into two classes, and I'm feeling a little rebellious this weekend. I took an entry level position in customer service at an inbound call center (inbound! not evil! well, mostly) a couple years ago, and have gradually been broadening my experience.

Fair Leave?

Evil HR Lady

It's only illegal to treat people differently because of some sort of protected class. I am currently on Short Term Disability for birth of my baby for 6 weeks. I have arranged to take 6 more weeks after that--FMLA. The company and department annual review period and increases fall during the time frame I will be out. My manager e-mailed me that my review and increase will occur after I return to work and will not be retroactive. I was wondering if this is typical and/or legal?

Micro-Managers

Evil HR Lady

You aren't considered a protected class until you hit 40, which you haven't. Most recently I switched jobs due to an enticing “creative & leadership” role and have been there for 3 months. Upon starting, I was asked to complete a presentation for my manager and “higher-ups”. I did a rough draft, presented it to manager and explained that I was planning to transition this into a more formal document. She told me to leave the document as is.

Coworking Telecommuters

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Home Archives About Contact Subscribe Telecommuting Journal Coworking Telecommuters May 26, 2008 · 11 comments It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it. Linda W May 27, 2008 at 12:10 pm “Heck, maybe it’s a whole new business idea all together. Lisa, Editor May 27, 2008 at 12:37 pm Linda – The GSA Telework centers are indeed cool. Lisa, Editor May 27, 2008 at 1:08 pm Tony – thank you SO much for the added information.

are you prepared for a possible job search?

Resume Writing

Enroll in a few classes? Enroll in a few classes?

No Privacy On Facebook: 8 Tips for College Students & Other Job.

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Sunday, September 14, 2008 No Privacy On Facebook: 8 Tips for College Students & Other Job Seekers By Randi Lewis Facebook ~ A Means of Expression and Connection ~ But Whos Looking? Stop writing what you are doing or feeling at any moment ( i.e., "Dave is hungover and not going to classes today"; or "This new Facebook layout sucks!"). Lewis Founder, Resume Boutique LLC ~ 410.602.2500 [link] ~ info@resumeboutique.com © Resume Boutique LLC 2008.

New Grads Embracing Social Media as Job Search Tool

Resume Bear

Social media as a job-search tool has gained traction since NACE began tracking its use in 2008. In fact, just 7 percent of the Class of 2008 reported interacting with an employer through social media, and more than half said they didn’t even notice employer ads on social networking sites.

The 50 First Tweets in #HR & #Recruiting

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Although I started blogging in 2007, it was Twitter in 2008 changed everything for me. GerryCrispin (@GerryCrispin) March 8, 2008. Grossman (@KevinWGrossman) May 12, 2008. Craig Fisher (@Fishdogs) September 21, 2008. getting the full twit — John Sumser (@JohnSumser) January 2, 2008. Josh Bersin (@Josh_Bersin) March 24, 2008. Gina hopefully you see this — Steve Boese (@SteveBoese) March 12, 2008. Rayanne (@Ray_anne) June 23, 2008.

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HireCentrix Forum :: Topic: A rough 10 years for the middle class.

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A rough 10 years for the middle class - Middle-class income fell 7% in the last decade, adjusted for inflation. TOPIC: A rough 10 years for the middle class - Middle-class income fell 7% in the last decade, adjusted for inflation. A rough 10 years for the middle class - Middle-class income fell 7% in the last decade, adjusted for inflation. The first decade of the 21st century will go down in the history books as a step back for the American middle class.