Thu.Oct 29, 2020

According to This New Study: Small Businesses Following FFCRA Saves Lives

Evil HR Lady

The Families First Corona Response Act (FFCRA) went into effect on April 1, 2020. Since then, thousands of people who work for small businesses (under 500 employees) have taken paid time off for Covid related reasons. A new study out in Health Affairs found that FFCRA has been effective in flattening the curve, reducing Covid cases, and by extension, preventing deaths.

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giving people a heads-up before a coworker is fired, telling your boss he’s unapproachable, and more

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Is it okay to give people a heads-up before a colleague is fired? I am working with HR to let someone go. The person is directly involved in a number of active cross-functional projects.

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how to negotiate remote work once you get a job offer

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A reader writes: I completed final interviews for a fantastic job and I believe I have a good chance of getting an offer soon. My conundrum has to do with remote work: when people return to the office post-COVID, my commute would be more than an hour each way.

2020 31

what’s the most Machiavellian thing you’ve seen or done at work?

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We need a distraction, preferably one full of intrigue and drama. So let’s talk about the most Machiavellian thing you’ve ever seen done at work — self-serving schemes or manipulation that you watched being carried out (or carried out yourself!). We’re looking for stories of underhanded machinations, double-dealing, and conniving. Share in the comments! You may also like: is it okay to apply makeup in the bathroom at work?

2020 30

where are you now? (a call for updates)

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At the end of each year, I publish a slew of “where are they now” updates from people whose questions I answered here in the past. In past years we’ve had several hundred each December and it was amazing (and has let me take most of the month off, so thank you). If you’ve had your question answered here in the past, please email me an update and let us know how your situation turned out. Did you take the advice? Did you not take the advice? What happened?

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