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

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, […]
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How Do I Get a Manager to Be a Better Leader?

We just promoted a fabulous team leader to assistant manager. As a team leader, he was collaborative, full of new ideas and everyone loved him. But now, it’s like he’s had a personality change. He’s nitpicky, only gives negative feedback and has become super demanding. How do I coach him back to being the person […]
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How Do You Tell if You Have a Good HR Department or a Bad One?

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. This is sometimes true, and I clarified that if you had a bad HR department, you should, of course, go directly to the relevant […]
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The CDC’s Definition of 15 Minutes Just Changed

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. Therefore, no one would meet the quarantine criteria for exposure if […]
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You Don’t Need to Chart Your Employee’s Covid Symptoms

The VP of Administrative Services is in charge of the office Covid policy. We do have a Manager of Human Resources who is certified but for some reason is not involved in the decision making.  A staff accountant (call her Jane) who reports to me, sent me a text message on a Saturday to let […]
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The Real HR Show: Pushing Back on Your CEO

In a continuation of our Just Say No October series, we’re talking about saying no to the executive team. Sometimes the most important thing an HR person does is say, “No, that’s a terrible idea. Here’s why.” Plus, a question about unions and a question about exit interviews! And learn the secret to knowing when […]
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The Real Reasons You Can’t Force Your Employees to Buy Donuts

I want to be clear that I love donuts. This post has nothing against donuts. I believe that every office that I visit should have donuts available. I think this is a good idea. However, I ran across a Reddit post about an office tradition involving $100 worth of donuts. The tl;dr summary: The Original […]
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Company President: We’ve Had Complaints about Your Nipples

I have a question about an HR experience I had at a previous place of employment.  I suppose I am seeking closure but I also need to understand how this can became a relevant issue in any woman’s employment. “Acme Company,” a company of under 50 employees, hired me two months before I defended my […]
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New Diversity Training Requirements for Federal Contractors

President Trump released an Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping on September 22, 2020, giving federal employees instructions on diversity training. This controversial move left people confused, with many people claiming that President Trump canceled diversity and inclusion training altogether. However, it does not ban diversity training. What it does ban is training that relies on […]
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How on Earth Is HR Supposed to Prepare for 2021? (3 Tips)

Neelie from AIHR: Can you write an article for us?Me: Sure. Any topics?Neelie: Perhaps how in the ^*!&#$ HR is supposed to prepare for 2021? Ahh, this is such a good question. HR people have to plan – we have cyclical things we plan for. We know that the fourth quarter brings performance appraisals and […]
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What to Do When Your Employees Want a Stress Leave

The Center for Disease Control reported that, as of late June, 40 percent of adults were struggling with mental health or substance abuse. Forty percent. Chances are a good number of your employees are in that 40 percent, and you may well be also. The pandemic and the damage caused by the shutdowns have caused an incredible amount […]
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Why Attendance Policies Are So Important

I have a problem with employees calling in to say they are not coming into work once they’ve reached 40 hours. We have a lot of overtime available, so it’s easy to have worked 40 hours by Thursday. People then call to say they are not coming in on Friday and don’t want to use […]
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A Global Tour: How HR Teams Around the World are Handling the Pandemic

You know how companies are responding to COVID-19 in your area, but this is a pandemic that affected the entire world. Well, apparently, there are island nations (like Tonga, Samoa, and the Pitcairn Islands) that have escaped the virus. But, the rest of the world had to battle this. What is it doing to business? How […]
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Managers, Cure Your Forgetfulness with a Simple Accountability Trick

Just yesterday, I received an email nudging me gently to do something I could have sworn I had already done. I hadn’t. So, what made me think I had done it? It turns out that we can mistake an intention for an action. I meant to respond to that email, and therefore, my brain checked it […]
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Moved to a High Covid Risk Job. What Are My Options?

I’ve been out on FMLA helping my elderly parents. Dad had Covid. I recently returned to work. One day last week and 1 day this week. My employer was moving me to another unit, which I haven’t worked on in years. My permanent spot was a dementia unit. I’ve been at my job for 20 […]
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Why It Matters if LinkedIn Switches Your Location on Your Profile

Employment attorney Jeff Nowak works in Chicago–or, at least he did until the coronavirus hit. Now he works out of his suburban home. While his LinkedIn profile still says Chicago–since that’s where his office is located–LinkedIn recently asked him to change his location to the site of his suburban home office. At the same time, LinkedIn updated my town from […]
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How Can I Support Employees Dealing with Remote Learning?

I have employees in three different school districts, and each district has different rules for attendance. Because of COVID-19, some of my employees have kids doing 100% remote learning, some are doing hybrid learning and the last school district lets employees choose. We have 200 employees, so we’re subject to the Family First Coronavirus Response […]
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