Evil HR Lady

Pressed into the Family Olive Oil Business

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A reader asks. So I’m a 20-year-old law student. My father runs an olive oil business that he expressed for my cousins and me to run in the future. However, I’ve already been assigned the role of research and development without a choice.

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I’m not eligible for raises (but my coworkers are)

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A reader asks. I work as a one-person HR Liaison in a small, very rural non-profit that serves physically and intellectually disabled clients in our community. I originally joined this company working as direct care staff with clients, and then I was promoted into human resources.

2021 228
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My Boss Favors My Coworker. Can I Do Anything?

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A reader question: So I started working as a dog washer in March, with my goal to become a groomer. If you wash 200 dogs, you get moved up to the “academy,” where you will begin your grooming training. Groom 200 dogs, then you move up to commission grooming.

2021 248

10 Things to Say Instead of “You’re So Talented”

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Your friend shows you a picture of a photograph she took. It’s absolutely stunning. The lighting, the composition, everything. It’s perfect! What do you say? “You’re so talented!” ” Why on earth do we say that?

2021 220

HR Is Not for Wimps

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Lots of people go into HR because they like people and because they think there will be no math. The problem is, there’s lots of math, and liking people often means you’re too nice and understanding. I like math.

2021 279

Should I Sign Termination Papers?

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I live in Florida and have been told I need to sign a termination letter stating I was let go due to insubordination, conduct and behavior deemed unacceptable in accordance with the company regulations, etc.

2021 282

Hiring from only the Top Schools is Lazy

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Hiring from top schools (or requiring degrees at all) is a simple proxy for intelligence and hard work. These things are hard to evaluate in an interview or two, so you say “well, if this candidate managed to get into Harvard and graduate theymust be smart and hard working!”

2021 281

What If There Is No Reasonable Accommodation for a Disabled Veteran?

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A reader asks: We hired a new director about 3 months ago. Things haven’t been going well. As a result, this person recently received a verbal counseling and performance improvement plan, as some serious concerns regarding performance and behavior have been brought up from numerous sources.

2021 237

Make Sure Your Diversity and Inclusion Push Includes Age

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According to the US government, I’m officially old. This is important not only for legal reasons, but because I’m likely to be a target of people who loudly proclaim equality for all.

2021 269

Welcome to the New Evil HR Lady

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In case you read Evil HR Lady through my newsletter or the RSS feed, you probably don’t know that I’ve done a big update to the website! There are still a few little tweaks to come, but the most important one is I’m offering new services for Resumes and Career Coaching!

2021 218

Lawsuit: Employees Not Paying for Pre-Shift Covid Screening

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For the past year, employers have been regularly screening employees for fevers and other Covid-19 symptoms. If you’ve attended one of my Covid webinars (the next one is on March 23) , you’ve heard me bring up the question of employee pay.

2021 248

When Doing the Right Thing Gets You Fired

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Rules are rules. We must follow rules at all costs. Zero tolerance policies come from a good place–we want everyone to know how serious we are–but they can blow up in a disastrous way. Dr. Hasan Gokal found this out the hard way, according to The New York Times.

2021 274

Washingtonian CEO Is Right and Wrong About Returning to the Office

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Working in the office was the rule until companies and governments encouraged everyone to stay home due to the Covid-19 outbreak. The vaccine is available to everyone over 16 who wants it, and infection rates are down in most areas. Several states have lifted their Covid restrictions altogether.

2021 153

Scaling Employee Relations as Your Organization Grows

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Startups are exciting: Five, ten people–all wearing multiple hats and working long hours, with the dream of making their fortunes.

2021 130

I Binge-Watched Top Chef and Learned 5 Things about Feedback

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Managers often find it difficult to give clear, actionable feedback–especially when it’s negative. Almost everyone finds it difficult to take that feedback, but if you want to improve you need to listen.

2021 280

Shovel Everyone’s Sidewalk

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When I was a child, my family lived in Salt Lake City, Utah. Salt Lake gets a lot of snow and everyone is responsible for removing their own. Our next door neighbors were an elderly couple–the Hedins. By elderly, I want to make clear that they were both in their 90s when we moved in.

2021 258

What I’m Reading

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Offspring #2 was deeply disappointed that Can I Bring My Pet Monkey to Work by Charles T. Passaglia was not about how he could get permission to bring his pet monkey to work, but rather about employment law. I’m working on him and will bring him to the employment law dark side soon enough.

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Ramadan Business Etiquette in the Era of Covid

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It’s currently Ramadan, which runs from April 13 to the evening of May 12, 2021. If you’re Muslim, you’ve probably been looking forward to this time to reflect on life, but if you’re not, it may not be something you are thinking about.

2021 199

My Boss Removed 40 Percent of My Accounts. Can I Quit without Repaying Relocation?

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I’ve been working for the same company for 6 years. I recently relocated from Oklahoma to Minnesota and they gave me $15k for relocating. I reviewed the location in detail with the V.P. President and HR. I knew all of the financials and accounts base when I took the position. .

2021 222

Swiss Sunday: Burka Verbot

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Today, Swiss Citizens voted to ban face coverings, targeting approximately 30 women in the country. Yes, that’s right. A referendum passed prohibiting burkas in Switzerland. It was done under the guise of “protecting women” but, trust me, it has nothing to do with protecting women.

2021 234

The REAL HR Show: Returning to Work–Is Your Culture Going to Be the Same?

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Join us tomorrow at Clubhouse! If you have an iPhone, and want a Clubhouse invitation, they just gave me a whole new batch of invitations. Just email (evilhrlady@gmail.com) me with your phone number. You have to promise to never call me. I promise to never call you.

2021 196

4 True Workplace Horror Stories That Demonstrate Why You Need Professional HR

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Who is your head of Human Resources? in a small company, that person often has many hats, and their primary training was not in HR. I know because these people come to me asking questions that should be basic HR. No problem.

2021 203

Intermittent FMLA for Exempt Employees

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Can an employer force an exempt employee to use PTO or dock their pay for time to attend physical therapy appointments (2-3 per week) due to an approved FMLA event? In this case, the remote employee is attending therapy before normal “scheduled” work hours but, she has to start late. .

2021 241

I Just Got Laid Off. Why Did I Get a List of All My Co-Workers’ Titles and Ages?

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2021 254

No Cell Phones on Breaks

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I have a friend who has worked for a golf course for over 20 years. The golf course recently implemented a policy that prohibits employees from using their cell phones at work EXCEPT for lunch breaks. .

2021 237

Is an MBA a Good Investment for Companies?

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Is it sustainable for a company to pay for people to get their MBAs? The last three people we’ve given tuition reimbursement quit within a year of finishing school. It seems like we’re paying people to move to competitors. There’s no right or wrong answer to your question.

2021 208

Swiss Saturday: The Lost Kitty

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This is Mikey. This is also Mikey. Mikey loves plants and adventure. Or rather, he thinks he loves adventure, but then he gets freaked out. We have an apartment on what Europeans call the first floor, but Americans call the second.

2021 231

QUIZ: How Compliant Are Your Processes?

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Are you rocking your Background Screening compliance efforts, or are you falling short in certain areas? Find out! Download this comprehensive quiz to assess how your company measures up. Gain access to: 22 questions to score your company’s processes.

2021 153

What is topgrading interviewing? Our favorite tips

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Topgrading interviewing allows you a lot more insight into a candidate, and (importantly) it will enable the candidate better insight into the company. Here’s what you need to know. What is topgrading interviewing? The term topgrading comes from a 1997 article by Bradford D.

2021 153

Why You Will Never Know the True Reason the NYT Fired

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New York Times reporter, Lauren Wolfe lost her job last week. According to Twitter, it was all about the above tweet. The theory was that The New York Times bent to the will of conservatives and fired Wolfe because of her joy in having Biden assume the presidency.

2021 237

What You Need to Do When an Employee Is Addicted to Drugs

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Carl Hart, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Columbia University, thinks all drugs should be legal. That’s not a shocking viewpoint–the state of Oregon just decriminalized possession of small amounts of drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and LSD.

2021 218

Managers and HR Need to Work Together to Prevent Harassment

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If I asked you who handles harassment cases at work, you’d probably all say HR does. Those who know HR well would add that this is a job for the Employee Relations team. While this is true, there’s often a step before HR gets involved, and that’s the manager.

2021 180

Don’t Sell Watermelons for $1 (or, Stop Being Busy for Busy’s Sake)

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Are you using your time to be successful? Last night a friend sent me this video. This talk was, overall, excellent, but this story really struck me as a small business owner: Two men formed a partnership. They built a small shed beside a busy road.

2021 236

When Is It Okay to Call in Sick?

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My parents instilled in me a work ethic that says you have to be dying before you skip work or school. I’m not alone. Add to that, the lack of paid sick days that many Americans have and you have a lot of sick people at work.

2020 247

Give PTO for Covid Vaccines and Get up to $5,110 in Tax Credits Per Employee

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The White House is trying to juice America’s vaccination rate. On Wednesday, the Biden administration highlighted a paid-leave provision in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act, which was passed on March 11.

2021 165

When You’re Too Drunk to Work

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I was terminated for not calling into work an excessive number of times. I’m not sure of the exact number, but it was more than 10. The reason I was not calling in was that I was passed out from drinking too much. I did take time off to seek treatment.

2021 223

How Do You Tell if You Have a Good HR Department or a Bad One?

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On a Reddit post, I advised a poster to speak with her HR department. Several people jumped in to say no, go straight to the Labor Board, as HR is bad.

2020 262

Webinar: Interpersonal HR Competencies

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Sponsored Post. Wednesday, March 31 at 2 pm CT. Register here: Interpersonal HR Competencies. 1 Hour SHRM and 1 Hour HRCI (Pending) Business Credit. This presentation teaches HR professionals the interpersonal competencies needed for business acumen.

2021 190

The CDC’s Definition of 15 Minutes Just Changed

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At the beginning of the school year, one of my siblings shared the absolutely brilliant idea his children’s school had: Have the kids get up and run around the classroom every 14 minutes so that no one sat next to anyone for 15 minutes.

2020 261

It’s Not Pushy to Ask to Be Paid

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Offspring #1 cat sits. She’s very, very good at it. People will say, “oh my cat is shy and you probably won’t see him the entire time we’re gone,” and within 2 minutes, the cat is purring on her lap.

2020 279

Why Firing the “Victim” Was the Right Thing To Do

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Have you heard the phrase “open the kimono” in a business sense? Yeah, me neither. But, apparently it was a thing. It shoudn’t be thing. It’s sexist, racist, and generally gross. And a redditor used it at work and all hell broke loose.

2020 246

David Sedaris Can Fire Everyone (and So Can You)

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Humorist David Sedaris tried to be funny writing about firing , but he fell flat. He begins: During this dif?cult cult time when so many Americas are looking for work, I’d like introduce an idea for something I’m calling the “citizen’s dismissal.”

2020 239

Join Our “Young” Team? Hello, Age Discrimination

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Maybe it’s because I’m old ( legally in the United States, as I’m over 40 ), but “young” doesn’t seem like a good word to use to describe your team. And yet, a Resume writing company uses it. Thanks to a reader for taking a screenshot and sending this to me.).

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