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FMLA – “Parent” Definition is Flexible – “Parents” include People Who Cared for You

Sklover Working Wisdom

ACTUAL CASE HISTORY : Just recently, in the course of representing a client, I carefully reviewed the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) law and its regulations. When I did, I learned something that I did not know, but wish I had known: Under the federal FMLA regulations, the definition of “parent” includes any person who acted in the place of your parent when you were a minor, even if they were not related to you in any way. LESSON TO LEARN : The U.S.

2016 100

“My job is definitely 'The Job from Hell.' Any ideas?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Blog » “My job is definitely ‘The Job from Hell.’ My job is definitely ‘The Job from Hell.’ I can’t get maintenance people to stay working for us because of the people I work for, and the low pay scale. Your job – and the family that employs you – seem to be that rotten.

2010 163

my office doesn’t give us computers, my coworker gets paranoid when I talk to his staff, and more

Ask A Manager

My office doesn’t give us computers — we have to use our own. It definitely wasn’t just an “oops, forgot to tell you thing,” as another new hire just started and they did the same thing to her. Sometimes I’m talking about work with these people, but sometimes I’m just asking how they are or asking about their family. Definitely don’t call it a kick-back! Can we talk about revisiting my compensation to account for this increased work?”

2017 47

“Responding to a Retention Bonus Offer” – Ten Wise Steps”

Sklover Working Wisdom

In her consultation with us, we explained to Jana the two reasons why employers offer Retention Bonuses: to encourage employees to stay in their jobs either (1) during a period of heightened job insecurity, such as an upcoming merger, which makes people concerned about losing their jobs, or (2) to ensure that an important event or transaction goes smoothly, such as the closing of a large business deal or a major corporate celebration, when the employee is critical to company success.

2015 125

my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

About Me Contact Books Reviews Ask a Manager my boss asks us to pick up his lunch for him January 31, 2011 A reader writes: I am a 27-year-old woman working for a well-known national company. He never offers to buy us lunch. He never offers to buy us lunch.

2011 66

My Boss Picks on Me

Evil HR Lady

Well, Im not, but thats the perception of all of us in HR. Friday, September 17, 2010 My Boss Picks on Me I am considered to be an exempt employee for a small company (family owned) with less than 25 employees. Evil HR Lady Why am I evil?

2010 134

How to Eliminate YOUR Gender Pay Gap

Ms. Career Girl

The gender pay gap in the U.S. Unfortunately, progress in closing the gap for women in the U.S. We work on average 12 less years than men and less hours, both to take care of family obligations. Decide on your compensation “package.”. continues to stand at about 80%.

2018 163

Request a “Mental Health Day”? Do Not Use that Phrase

Sklover Working Wisdom

WHAT YOU CAN DO: Instead, let’s just deal with the issue before us: feeling angry, spent, cranky, even on the verge of tears? If a police officer knows that a person was killed in an auto accident, must the officer tell the family of the death, even if in a public setting, or might the officer tell them only of the accident and the injury, and leave the sharing of the loved one’s passing to the family’s clergyperson, in a more appropriate setting?

2019 109

Know Who Your Employer Is? – You May Be Wrong.

Sklover Working Wisdom

George was then presented with an Offer Letter to sign, which he forwarded to us for review. I will be opening a U.S. One “legal issue” really troubled us: the name of the “Employer” in the Offer Letter was very similar to the Italy-based company, but it was slightly different. Instead, it was a new company, established in the U.S. As we explained to George, at any time it wished, the Italian parent company could decide that the new U.S.

2017 100

“Umbrella Negotiating” – Best Response to Private Equity “Hurricane Tactics”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Louis-based, family-owned lighting distributor. After three generations of family ownership, during which the staff grew from two to 150, the grandchildren-owners received an inquiry from a Private Equity firm about their interest in possibly purchasing the company. Each executive received six documents, some one page long, some tens of pages long, each nearly impossible to understand due to their dense legal wording, multiple definitions, and confusing cross references.

Equity 100

“Can I trust Human Resources to keep things confidential?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Three of us went to the Vice President of Human Resources to share our concerns. He asked us to put our concerns in writing. We asked him if he would then keep the details of what we said confidential, and he agreed to do so, and to transmit only in general terms our thoughts and concerns to the Compensation Committee. Definitely not our names. History teaches us that before people are comfortable with hurting other people, first they must “dehumanize” them.

2011 161

Should You Move for a Job?

Career Alley

Some relocation services offer monetary compensation while the spouse/partner seeks a new job, others offer networking assistance, outplacement/career services, interviewing skills training and resume preparation assistance. By Leah O’Flynn, Executive Recruiter , IT Division.

2013 190

“Sorry, but you are overqualified.” – Here’s a way past that.

Sklover Working Wisdom

Concern you won’t stay very long: “Gee, I bet, if we hire her, she is sure to leave us as soon as she gets a job offer at the level she is used to.”. Concern you will not be satisfied with the compensation: “Since she used to make more than we are offering, I’d bet that she will be asking for a raise in just a few months.”. a new marriage, a new religious commitment) or a new family responsibility (disability of a family member.).

Managing Your Money When You’ve Lost Your Job

Career Alley

Severance (if even available) lasts for a few weeks and then there is unemployment (which does not cover much if you have a family). What we do defines so much of who we are, and not being able to provide for your family weighs heavy and can be extremely distracting.

2014 216

“Private Equity Buying Your Employer? Resist These 11 Employment Negotiation Tactics”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Promises of a Pot of Gold: The fundamental “deal” presented to employees working for a company being purchased by Private Equity investors is this: “(a) Work hard, (b) let us reduce your compensation and benefits, and (c) one day. Benefit Reductions and Compensation Redesign. Compensation Redesigns: Salaries may be lowered, accompanied by vague promises or purely discretionary bonuses, instead.

Equity 109

Shirt Wearers Wanted

Telecommuting Journal

Most of us wear a shirt every day and we certainly don’t get paid for doing so (though, if you work in a traditional cubicle job, you’d probably get fired for not wearing a shirt). That’s definitely a skill.

2011 130

Is that Even Legal?

JT & Dale Talk Jobs

Our families are concerned and try to give us suggestions when they find them. That said, Scott went on to tell us, “The work-without-pay scenario has other problems if it does not meet the qualifications of an approved training program. Dear J.T.

2010 56

4 Key Factors to Consider Before Starting Your Job Search

JobMob

Plus, we have awesome job search tips sites like JobMob to further help us fine-tune the way we do things. Most of these things didn’t exist in the era of our parents and for us to be able to have those is a big help.

2011 107

Is Drug Addiction a Legally Recognized Disability? Understanding Addiction, the Law and the Workplace

Sklover Working Wisdom

ACTUAL CASE HISTORY : I can recall many case histories of clients, and their family members, who have dealt with the reality of addiction to substances, both legal and illegal. Few of us are without some pains that sometimes scream out to us for some sort of relief. Recently, in-depth medical studies have shown us that what we call “addiction” has physiological roots, with possible inheritable genetic components, and is not a moral or character weakness.

2016 100

Interviews and Meetings – How to Look Smart

Sklover Working Wisdom

The same thing goes for talking too much: it is a definite sign of insecurity and low self-esteem. Though some people think that “Still waters run deep,” most of us know that “Mannequins are dummies.” And always do what you can to achieve for yourself, your family, and your career. Sklover, of Sklover & Company, LLC, a law firm dedicated to the counsel and representation of employees in matters of their employment, compensation and severance.

2015 118

Happiness bootcamp: I read 10,000 studies so you don’t have to

Penelope Trunk

I once loved the idea that scientific data could tell us how to be happy. One guy quantified that you’d need to make $100K more from your job to compensate relocating away from family for the money. Family is very important to happiness.)

2016 61

Help! I've Been Sick and Unemployed for 10 Years

Evil HR Lady

Well, Im not, but thats the perception of all of us in HR. I'd like to add: It's not dishonest to simply say, "I've been taking care of a family member who was seriously ill. There is no reason to get into the fact that the ill family member was you.

2010 130

4 Signs You NEED To Change Careers

Career Realism

You can only white-knuckle your way through the week so often before it starts to take a toll on your health and your family. Most of us enjoy our work when we feel that we have some sense of control or efficacy in the workplace. 4 Signs You NEED To Change Careers. Work It Daily.

2017 97

The Curious Case Of Overtime And Productivity

Career Realism

It’s okay if you’re compensating them monetarily, but it’s outright criminal if you’re not offering any extra cash. Our modern day workplace ethos dictates us to do more work and faster. Motivation definitely Plummets! Suggestion: In the U.S.,

2013 114

The “Background-Check” Provision in Offer Letters – A Risk You Should Try to Reduce

Sklover Working Wisdom

No problem there, as Wilhemina was not a drug user, had no prior bad acts, no lawsuits or bankruptcies, and was a U.S. Experience shows us that, once Offer Letter contingencies are satisfied, the incidence of employers withdrawing Offer Letters, for any reason, is significantly reduced. It may also be the result of employers feeling a clear and more definite commitment has been made, which commitment must be honored.

Should You Have to Cover Those Tattoos For a Job?

Evil HR Lady

Well, Im not, but thats the perception of all of us in HR. Though I can definitely understand how a conservative financial company wouldn't want someone with a tattoo'd neck or sleeve to represent them in front of clients, since there's still that stigma in most people's minds.

2010 154

Offered a Position and Shares in a Start-Up? – 10 Traps in the Legal Papers, and Your Ways Out

Sklover Working Wisdom

That is when Kent called us – and not his previous lawyer – to try to salvage the situation. As part of the compensation package, they are offering me shares or units in the new or young company. When you have three of four separate agreements, often in different typefaces, often without page numbers, always with different paragraph numbering systems and – most complex of all – with hard-to-understand, almost irrational definitions of words and phrases.

2016 100

Cancer, Job Applicants & the Law – Eight Most Common Questions Answered

Sklover Working Wisdom

The U.S. With certain different limitations, definitions, and procedures, most states, and even many cities, have their own laws, ordinances and agencies that provide additional protections to employees with disabilities, or who are perceived to have an impairment. The focus in disability law is fairness to both employee and employer because each one of us may, tomorrow, discover cancer in our bodies, or become disabled from car accidents, and the like.

2018 100

updates from letter writers (the nude sauna, the aggressive dog, and more)

Ask A Manager

I gushed about how amazing this job was, and how even though “like a family” is usually a red flag, in this case it was green. The town loves us! We know those companies were hostile work environments too, so you’re stuck with us!). I’ve definitely learned that lesson. Here are four updates from people who had their letters answered here recently. When going to a nude sauna with coworkers , what do I do about nipple piercings?

2018 61

Job Loss Rebound – How to Do It “A.S.A.P.”

Sklover Working Wisdom

“We often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”. In my own experience, when it comes to bewildering problems that engulf us like a fog on a dark night, sometimes the simpler the solution the better. Of course, financial, family, health and similar considerations weigh in on the choice of your next goal. Here’s a great idea: Use our “I’m Seeking a New Job” Letter to Friends and Family.”.

2015 122

advertising a job I might not hire for, secondhand smoke when you’re interviewing, and more

Ask A Manager

My coworker asked me to help out her daughter, who also works with us. Our company has very specific guidelines regarding familial relationships in the workplace, and this definitely goes across that line, so I feel like I need to tell my manager. I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t doing anything that would run afoul of our policies on familial relationships. The framing isn’t supposed to be “here’s how much you cost us,” but “here’s a look at your total compensation.”

2017 51

ending a looooooong-term business trip, ensuring a religious new hire won’t proselytize at work, and more

Ask A Manager

I’ve been put up in a super fancy resort (an incredible view, king sized bed, and bath tub so deep I’ve almost drowned multiple times), I get an incredibly generous per diem, my Uber’s are totally covered, and I’ve been bumped up to a pretty great temporary wage while I’m in this role — and they even let me stay hourly, even though general managers are salaried, because they wanted to make sure I was compensated for the oodles of overtime I’ve been working.

2018 52

Should I Report THIS to HR? – 11 Pro’s and Con’s

Sklover Working Wisdom

Each of the three of us who were on our first day were asked to come forward to be introduced. It is just a fact that at times each of us might misperceive, misconstrue or misunderstand what another person said, did or meant. Lastly, some people have found success in (e) having a close friend send an anonymous letter by U.S. And always do what you can to achieve for yourself, your family, and your career. “The pessimist is disappointed by the direction of the wind.

2016 100

Should I Report THIS to HR? – 10 Pro’s and Con’s

Sklover Working Wisdom

Each of the three of us who were on our first day were asked to come forward to be introduced. It is just a fact that at times each of us might misperceive, misconstrue or misunderstand what another person said, did or meant. Lastly, some people have found success in (e) having a close friend send an anonymous letter by U.S. And always do what you can to achieve for yourself, your family, and your career. “The pessimist is disappointed by the direction of the wind.

2016 100

FlexJobs

Telecommuting Journal

FlexJobs allows employers to sign up and list job openings, but they also list other telecommuting jobs found floating around the web (I saw at least one from Craigslist and several from CareerBuilder as well as postings taken from individual sites who happen to compensate writers like About.com and eHow ). From that posting noted on FlexJobs, I can quickly determine the compensation range and the application process without having to register and log in.

2008 126

I Hate My New Job

Evil HR Lady

Well, Im not, but thats the perception of all of us in HR. I did accept the job offer because it was well-paid, but it was not my interest field, and my family and friends thought that I made a wrong decision. God puts us in certain situations for reasons unknown to us.

2010 150

How to Set a Dress Code

Evil HR Lady

Well, Im not, but thats the perception of all of us in HR. People have hugely different definitions of what "business casual" even means, so I think specific examples are the way to go. Evil HR Lady Why am I evil? Need to fire someone? Come to HR.

2010 138

“Not Feeling Well Enough to Work? – 13 Workplace Options (Part 1 of 2)”

Sklover Working Wisdom

” With time not on her side, Jana consulted us to review her work options. Illness or Injury, and related job difficulties raise many issues, including sick day availability, FMLA rights, disability insurance, and workers compensation. Unpaid Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Leave of Absence – In the U.S. Disability Accommodation – In the U.S., In most U.S. And always do what you can to achieve for yourself, your family, and your career.

2014 100

4 Signs You NEED To Change Careers

Career Realism

You can only white-knuckle your way through the week so often before it starts to take a toll on your health and your family. Most of us enjoy our work when we feel that we have some sense of control or efficacy in the workplace. 4 Signs You NEED To Change Careers. CAREEREALISM.

2016 83

employee’s boyfriend keeps making her late for work, seriously ill employee who’s making mistakes, and more

Ask A Manager

Definitely do not talk to the boyfriend! This feels like the type of micromanaging that I know she has bristled at from others in the past, and I normally relate with her more as an advisor for her higher-level problems, which is a relationship that has worked well for both of us. I don’t think we’ll need permanent changes, just something to get us through this period.”. He indicated that this is a typical arrangement and is how compensation for part-time work is calculated.

2019 59

FlexJobs

Telecommuting Journal

FlexJobs allows employers to sign up and list job openings, but they also list other telecommuting jobs found floating around the web (I saw at least one from Craigslist and several from CareerBuilder as well as postings taken from individual sites who happen to compensate writers like About.com and eHow ). From that posting noted on FlexJobs, I can quickly determine the compensation range and the application process without having to register and log in.

2008 109

coworker calls me “mama,” why are employers and job candidates held to different standards, and more

Ask A Manager

It’s definitely a professional environment (and being the youngest member of the team by far, I try to stay very professional) but we also share stories about our weekends, pictures of our pets, etc. ” Alison, I HATE being called mama, even among friends and family. In negotiating my current role, the compensation I was offered was deliberately anchored to my previous package, a simple 10% on top of my previous salary. It’s five answers to five questions.

2019 52

what’s up with candidates turning down our job offers after we pay to fly them out?

Ask A Manager

I should also mention that anyone who interviews with us in person is connected with a relocation firm, offered a real estate tour with a local realtor, etc. Obviously, we don’t invite out-of-town candidates to interview in person unless we already feel confident that they a) can do the work, b) would fit in well with our team and organizational culture, and c) are as serious about us as we are about them. Personal and family concerns can intervene, etc.

2018 57