Evil HR Lady

How the Paycheck Protection Plan Can Help Save Your Business

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If you’re a small business owner (defined as fewer than 500 employees) whose functions aren’t “essential” (and even some whose are) you’re probably feeling a huge financial pinch.

2020 216

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 213

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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 192

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 165

When You Should (and Shouldn’t) Use Payroll Protection Loans

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With jobless claims hitting record highs, you might finally need to figure how to ask for help. A portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocates $350 billion in government-backed loans for small businesses, under the Paycheck Protection plan.

2020 141

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 193

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 149

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 200

What the Senate’s Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means for You

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Just a few days ago, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) and then changed it to make the Senate happy. Today, the Senate passed the revised version without changes.

2020 196

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 189

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 202

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 194

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 189

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 173

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 173

How the New NLRB Rulings on Joint Employer Standard & Investigations will Impact You

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The National Labor Relations Board has just changed how you do employee relations.

2020 161

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 147

What’s in the House Coronavirus Relief Bill for Small Businesses

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On Friday, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act , which is designed to give relief to people and businesses affected by Covid-19. It passed, CNN reports, after “ intense negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Trump administration.”

2020 161

Dilemma of the Month: How to Best Handle Gender-Neutral Pronouns

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I have an employee who would like to be referred to with gender-neutral pronouns — a singular “they” instead of “he” or “she,” for example — but not all of my managers are following the request. The employee has come to me to point this out.

2020 161

Leap Year Means Some Salaried Employees Work an Extra Day for Free

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Once every four years, you get an extra day to do whatever we want! Or, rather, because you have to work for a living, you have to work. But, if you’re a business owner, you just might get some free labor.

2020 169

Amazon Lawsuit: Managers Scoured Job Candidates’ Social Media for Race and Gender Info

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Lisa McCarrick filed a lawsuit against Amazon on Monday , alleging two significant problems. The first: she’s paid less than her male coworkers.

2020 169

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 152

It’s Okay to Cry at Work–Everyone Else Does It

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‘ve cried at work. Twice. The first time, I was a temp in my very first HR job. The position was supposed to be temp to perm ( a term I now despise ), and I was doing what I thought was a great job.

2020 169

Your Boss Doesn’t Want to Fire You–She Doesn’t Even Want You to Quit

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Now’s not the time to let employees jump ship. Not only is the unemployment rate hovering in the record lows, but it’s also getting even more expensive to replace employees. .

2020 156

The Cost of Ignoring the Americans With Disabilities Act: $2 Million

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Anthony Morelli had permanent nerve damage that caused spasms. His doctor put him on some restrictions: no heavy lifting and every four to six months, he needs to spend two days in bed after receiving treatment. The company he worked for, Prestige Care, Inc.,

2020 161

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 169

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 156

First-In, First-Hired: Yay or Nay?

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Job interviews have been going on since, well, forever. I suppose when feudal lords ruled the lands, you got the job of being a peasant by not dying, but since then, it’s involved a job interview. And, it must be time for a change.

2020 156

Top Posts of the Decade Part II

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My favorite controversial post. Newflash: Motherhood is Not the World’s Hardest Job. I wrote this for CBS. CBS refused to publish it. I published it on my blog. CBS freaked out and said I had no right to do that. Fortunately, I knew they were wrong and they did too. Another controversial post.

2019 193

Swiss Saturday: Kitties

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Two weeks ago we adopted two adorable kittens: Mikey and Claudia. Now, my primary purpose in writing this blog is to share pictures of the kitties. MIkey. Claudia. These are our adorable new kittens. Did you know that kittens poop approximately four times a day?

2019 212

Recruiting by Text is a Thing. Here’s What You Need to Know

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If you call me and get my voicemail, it tells you the fastest way to reach me is to hang up and text. I’m not alone in my hatred of phone calls–messaging is the number one usage of smartphones. People love messaging apps of all sorts and hate phone calls. So, it makes sense that texting should start to take over recruiting.

2020 184

Human Resources Is Not A Customer Service Department

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Everybody hates HR. Employees hate HR because they always seem to take the management side. Management hates HR because HR is always saying no, or requiring documentation, or making demands on their already busy schedule. Usually, when we understand why someone behaves the way they do, we accept their requests and their decisions more readily. And one of the big reasons why people feel so negative about HR is that they misunderstand why we act as we do.

2020 166

What Kickstarter Employees’ Union Win Means for Tech

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Kickstarter’s vote to approve a union may throw the tech sector into a tailspin. Employees at the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based based platform, which helps people raise money for projects, voted 46 to 37 to unionize this week –a move that could prompt employees of other tech companies to unionize.

2020 156

Meetings Can Be a Waste of Time and Money, but Skipping them Isn’t Free

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When I managed a team, we had a team meeting every other week. At the beginning of the year, I booked the conference room for the entire year’s worth of meetings. It won’t surprise you that not all of those meetings happened.

2020 156

What’s Next in Human Resources Data Privacy and Compliance

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Data privacy is something we pretend to worry about while discussing it on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, where we share every detail of our personal lives and take pictures of all our food.

2020 156

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Love is in the air! So, as a reminder about proper boundaries in the world of work, here are some mushy posts. And some not so mushy posts. 10 Ways to Show Your Employees You Love Them. Happy Valentine’s Day: Tales of Harassment Horror at Work.

2020 156

This College Graduation Speech Got a Spontaneous Standing Ovation. Here’s Why.

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Graduation season is upon us, and that comes with a lot of boring speeches and a few gems.

2019 248

It’s Time To Start Recruiting Satisfactory Employees To Work At Okay Companies

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I had the amazing opportunity to go Jersey (Isle of, not New Jersey) to speak at their inaugural DisruptHR event. If you haven’t been to a DisruptHR event, you’re missing out!

2019 208

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 145

Using a Coworker’s Salary as Leverage

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I just found out a coworker is making more than I am, even though I have been here longer. How can I bring this up to my manager without giving away how I found out? Can I use this as leverage for a raise? To read my answer, click here; Using a Coworker’s Salary as Leverage. The post Using a Coworker’s Salary as Leverage appeared first on Evil HR Lady. Comstock

2019 185

Swiss Saturday: The Passive Aggressive Note

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A couple of days ago, a neighbor placed the above note in our mailbox. Here’s a rough translation (as I’m not a professional translator). Dear Lucas Family, Is it too difficult to walk through the house before you go to bed (and turn all the lights off)?

2019 252

What Is it Like to Be an HR Freelancer?

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Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a freelancer in HR? HR Lancers asked me to describe my experience as an independent HR pro, and I said sure! I love sharing information. So here’s the good, the bad, and the ugly about life as a freelancer in the HR sphere. The Good. Freedom, variety, and independence are all grand. I can work around my schedule. If someone offers me an intensely dull project, I can evaluate whether I need the money badly enough to say yes.

2020 161

5 Steps to Solve all Your Problems and Make Gourmet Treats

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“Hey everyone, I’m Claire, and I’m in the B.A.

2020 164