Evil HR Lady

If I Refuse a 20 Percent Pay Cut, Is it a Resignation or Termination?

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I would appreciate some advice for my particular case. My company recently got bought out by a big corporate company. Today I got an offer letter that offers a 20% pay cut and that would increase my benefit premiums from $0 to $200/month, all for the exact same role and tasks. .

2020 247

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 278

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My Doctor Says I Should Work from Home. Can My Boss Say No?

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After working from home since late March due to COVID, my employer informed all employees on August 18th that we were expected to return to the office on August 24th. If we decided we needed to continue to work from home, we would do so with a 20% cut in hours as well as a 20% cut in salary.

2020 247

How Networking Works in the Real World

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This morning I went for a cup of tea (ginger lemon) with someone I met on LinkedIn. A true networking meeting. And it was a networking meeting. We discussed careers and what we could do to better ourselves. She asked how I diversified my client list, and I shared a story.

2020 249

Ellen’s “Generous” Benefits Package to Make up for a Toxic Workplace

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Ellen DeGeneres is nice. Of course, she is. It’s her persona. She’s always doing nice things for people and she is so personable and funny. It stands to reason that her staff loves her just as much as her fans do. But, that isn’t what’s been in the news lately.

2020 249

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.).

2020 256

If You Have 80 Internship Candidates and Not One Is Good Enough, You’re the Problem

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When I was an undergraduate political science student at Brigham Young University, a new professor just transferred in from Princeton. We asked him what the difference was between BYU students and Princeton students. His answer? Everyone at BYU is so busy! Everyone works!

2020 256

Help! I’m Being Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault at Work

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I am currently wrongful being accused of sexual assault that never happened and I am currently suspended. I am being investigated even though my supervisor nor the HR department never even talked to me about the situation.

2020 203

When Your Boss Doesn’t Let You Go on Vacation

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luxury hotel pool and summer vacation Photo by Engin Akyurt. Yesterday, Brenda Neckvatal and I talked about vacation and PTO usage on The Real HR Show.

2020 262

What to Do When Your Employee Brings up Mental Health

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Last week, I was sitting outside at a restaurant on a busy foot-traffic-only street. One of my teen’s friends walked by and stopped to chat. She was with a group of other friends. I mentioned how sad my daughter was that they had had to cancel their lunch date earlier in the week.

2020 142

How to Approach and Improve Diversity Hiring

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My vice president asked me to hire someone Black for a vacant position and include #BlackLivesMatter in the job posting. Can I hire a Black person solely based on race like this? It seems like I can’t. How can I even respond?

2020 162

The CDC’s Guidelines on When Employees Can Return to Work May Surprise You

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You should always encourage sick employees to stay at home while they recover, but Covid-19 took that to a whole new level. If someone tests positive, they will be out for a good, long time, regardless of whether they are asymptomatic or land in the hospital.

2020 154

It’s Never Been More Important to Hire People with People Skills

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Everyone needs people skills. We all accept that (even though there are plenty of jobs that require minimal contact with other humans), but what does it mean? And what skills do we need in today’s climate?

2020 181

McDonald’s: We Didn’t Go Through Fired CEO’s Emails Before Giving Him a Golden Parachute. Oops

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Last year, McDonald’s fired their CEO and President, Steve Easterbrook for consensual sex with an employee. He got a nice golden parachute, estimated at $40 million. But, now, another employee has come forth to accuse Easterbrook of another sexual relationship with an employee. Now, the count is up to three employees and one of those employees received stock as a result.

2020 197

In a Tweet, John Legend Gave All Business Owners a Critical Gut Check

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Photo by Flo Dahm.

2020 222

Two Reasons Why HR Stinks (and How to Fix It)

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An acquaintance just got her first job after being a stay at home mom for many years. She’s a recruiter. Salary? $10 10 an hour. Take that in for a minute. She could make more money working fast food, yet a company is trusting her to be part of finding the best possible candidates for their company, and they only value her work at $10 an hour. She’s happy to have the job, and she figures she’ll get good experience here.

2020 197

The Real HR Show: Is It Crazy to Talk to Your Boss about Mental Health

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2020 142

All the Reasons You Shouldn’t Prevent Employees From Discussing Who Has the Coronavirus

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Rumors can send people into a panic.

2020 157

Not Every Organization Needs to Reflect the Community

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A few days ago, Anthony Tommasini wrote an Op-Ed at the New York Times titled “To Make Orchestras More Diverse, End Blind Auditions.” ” Blind auditions vastly increased the number of females in orchestras, but it hasn’t increased the number of minority players–well, it hasn’t increased the number of Black and Hispanic players. Asian and Pacific Islander musicians have increased. Tommasini says this isn’t good enough.

2020 198

Things I Learned from My Terrible Playlist

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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.

2020 226

As Learning Goes Online, Should I Reconsider My Approach to Hiring

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Dear ReWorker: Universities are going digital. Does this mean that MOOCs, training courses and independently gained skills are just as good as the university experience? Should we change our hiring criteria?

2020 146

4 Tips for Better Workplace Investigations

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There have been some big headline news stories recently about the humble job of an employee relations person. Did you miss them?

2020 158

The Real HR Show: Attendance Issues: Work from Home & COVID-19 Complications

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Join Brenda Neckvatal and me as we talk about attendance in a Covid 19 world. Plus, hear Brenda’s answer to my question about false accusations from yesterday and my answer to Brenda’s question about what to do with an employee who records everyone’s conversations.

2020 146

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 231

Why You Shouldn’t Be Accessing Your Emails While Furloughed

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You’re bored. You’ve already baked bread, made jam, and painted the kids’ bedrooms. Being out of work (even if receiving sufficient unemployment pay) can be tedious. So, you might be tempted to log in to your work emails and check and see if there’s anything you can do, or simply see what’s going on. Don’t do it. Because that is doing actual work, and if you’re furloughed you are not supposed to be working.

2020 210

Don’t Fire Someone for Their Spouse’s Social Media Posts

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Racism is bad. All my readers (I hope) agree. There are racists. We also all agree. If you are a horrible person, even off the job or on social media, you may lose your job. With a few exceptions, there is no right to free speech at work in the private sector. But, if your spouse is a horrible person, should you also lose your job? LA Galaxy terminated soccer player Aleksandar Katai after racist posts his wife, Tea Katai, made on Instagram.

2020 211

Lessons from My Favorite Dentist

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David Morris died a few weeks ago at the age of 83. Fortunately, his family was with him, and it was peaceful. He was my dentist when I was a teenager and the father of one of my best friends. People don’t often have fond memories of their dentists , but I do, and I learned a lot from his example. Here are four things I learned from Dr. Morris. You Can Teach Without Lecturing. As my dentist (and as every dentist since), he told me I needed to floss more often.

2020 181

Dilemma of the Month: Why Startups Need HR Help Before They Launch

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I’m launching my own company this year, with about 12 employees, and I’m thinking about the importance of human resources services. Should I hire someone for that position, or can I use an outside service or an online site? And what are the most important things I should do before I launch?

2020 190

The Real HR Show: When to Get HR Involved

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Brenda Neckvatal and I are back! We took August off because we wanted to pretend we were Europeans. Come join us as we talk about what managers need to know, and we’ve added a question segment! Listen to me and Brenda answer questions with no preparation.

2020 142

Should You Quit Before a Layoff?

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I’ve worked as a branch manager at a large bank for ten years. About five weeks ago, my branch was verbally notified that our branch would be closing in just over 90 days (customer notice of 90 days is required). I was verbally told they want to keep me and hoped to put me at another branch in town at the same salary but lesser position. Because my salary is the same, under our policies I am not eligible for a severance package.

2020 161

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 212

You Don’t Lack the Discipline

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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.) more knowledge You didn’t ever lack the time, you lacked the discipline — Jeremy Haynes (@TheJeremyHaynes) April 2, 2020. The latter two are a screenshot because they wisely deleted their tweets after a bunch of backlash.

2020 212

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). So, they sued under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Code. A judge just tossed out the Equal Pay Act portion, allowing the Civil Rights claims to continue. It turns out that the women made more per game than the men.

2020 201

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

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 183

American Airlines Plans to Lay Off Almost 25,000

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Yesterday, tech reporter David Shepardson got a copy of the WARN letter that American Airlines sent to almost 25,000 employees. Breaking: @AmericanAir sending WARN notices to nearly 25,000 employees pic.twitter.com/ZFH3cg553i — davidshepardson (@davidshepardson) July 15, 2020.

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 199

Exhausted? Blame Zoom. Or Skype

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I cannot even begin to count the number of video conferences I’ve done since the beginning of March. I’ve worked exclusively at home for 11 years, and so I thought I was as up to date as anyone on remote communication. I teach a daily class via Skype and thought I was prepared for all my real-life meetings to replaced with video conferences–mostly Zoom. But, I find them exhausting.

2020 191

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. I’m still morbidly depressed, despite trying to paint a happy face on it. And, so I want to say to him, and to everyone, you can be grateful you have income and still hate your job, and it’s okay. Yes, gratitude is important.

2020 182

Swiss Sunday: Rigidity

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Photo by Heiner. In the past, I’ve praised the Swiss school system , and there is much to admire. The Kindergarten concept is world-class, and every child should be so lucky as to attend a Swiss-style kindergarten. In Swiss Kindergarten, children focus on social skills. There’s no attempt to teach the alphabet or how to do math. They play with hammers, go to the forest, play in sand, and roast hot dogs over open fires. It’s brilliant.

2020 172

You Don’t Have to Give it All to Show True Leadership

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Photo by Kasumi Loffler. If you want to build employee loyalty, consider the example of Texas Roadhouse CEO Kent Taylor. He just donated his $800.000 in salary and bonuses to help keep his employees during the shutdown. Texas Roadhouse hasn’t had to lay anyone off or cut anyone’s pay. Well, no one got their pay cut except for the CEO, who did so voluntarily.

2020 166

Some of My Employees Don?t Want to Return to Work

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We’ve been given the go-ahead from the government to re-open our business. The only problem is that the employees don’t want to come back. The hourly staff is making more on unemployment than they do working, and the exempt staff has been working from home and aren’t thrilled about returning to the office. Is there anything I can do to get our staff to come back? To read my answer, click here: Some of My Employees Don’t Want to Return to Work. Leave your own in the comments!

2020 174

Swiss Saturday: English

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There’s a joke that Switzerland is the only country to have a national language that no one speaks: German. In reality, Switzerland has four national languages (German, French, Italian and Romansh), and I’m no authority about how pure the other three languages are, but English is probably spoken more often than the official language of German. (As As a general rule, dialect speakers prefer English to High German in many cases.). As evidence of this, we have a new national hymn.

2020 140