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

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. As a small business owner or sole proprietor, that means you can borrow money […]
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Evil HR Lady on Podcasts

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! Quick, before my roots grow […]
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5 Ways to Manage a Human Resources Crisis During COVID-19

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. People working in health […]
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How to Lay Off Employees When Everyone Is Remote

Rent the Runway laid off all of its brick and mortar staff. With stores shut and parties canceled, layoffs make complete sense. But, they reportedly did it via Zoom. Is that acceptable? In the pre-social distancing rules, the answer to that would be a resounding no. Layoffs should be done face to face, and the employee’s direct […]
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How the Paycheck Protection Plan Can Help Save Your Business

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. You may have laid off employees (painfully), and you may be wondering how you’ll pay your personal bills. The $2 Trillion stimulus act has something that can help out […]
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3 Ways the Coronavirus Has Changed Your Workplace for the Better

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  Jobs that a month ago, managers said could not possibly be done remotely, are now […]
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I Got Fired in My Dream Last Night, and My Dream Boss Did It Wrong

Do you have stress dreams? I do. 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. Lately, they’ve been about moving (since I moved in September), where I need to be […]
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How to Help Your Laid-Off or Furloughed Employees Manage Unemployment

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. Unfortunately in some states, the weekly payments–ranging […]
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Why Your Sick Policy May be Causing Actual Harm

Dr. 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. She’s doing everything she can to help keep her community safe and healthy–and she has […]
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What the Senate’s Passage of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Means for You

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. Once President Trump signs this $100 billion bill (which he promised to do), it will go into effect in 15 days. That’s not a lot […]
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How the New NLRB Rulings on Joint Employer Standard & Investigations will Impact You

The National Labor Relations Board has just changed how you do employee relations. Okay, that’s probably a bit of a shock to you if you’re a non-union organization, because you generally think of the NLRB as focusing on union stuff and basic things like, your employees’ right to discuss their salaries (and other working conditions). […]
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Working From Home Reality Check: No, Your Employees Aren’t All Doing Yoga and Folding Laundry

People are working at home at record levels–some happily and some not so happily. Some managers are supportive of this, and some are convinced that their employees will do nothing but, well this all day: Please ignore this tweet. This is not working at home. This is being home. This is a day off. Now, as someone […]
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What’s in the House Coronavirus Relief Bill for Small Businesses

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.” It passed by a vote of 363-40, which means it had bipartisan support. We can expect that the Senate […]
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The Coronavirus Has Been Devastating for Some Companies. 6 Questions to Ask Before You Consider Layoffs

With Coronavirus now a pandemic, it’s safe to say your company can expect interruptions if it hasn’t already felt them. While some may decide to send employees home to work–and wait out the early stages of this storm–others will have to decide if more drastic steps are in order. I’m talking about layoffs.  It’s worth noting that they should […]
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What Can HR Do to Help Prevent Burnout?

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). In fact, the World Health Organization recently categorized burnout as an official health […]
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Dilemma of the Month: How to Best Handle Gender-Neutral Pronouns

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. Some coworkers also aren’t accommodating the request, making this […]
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Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Hiring a Cleaning Lady–Or Any Other Kind of Employee

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. There’s plenty of things to say about how some people treat their house cleaners and nannies to argue that all […]
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This Job Candidate Walked Out Before His Interview Started. The Reason Is Instructive for Any Employer

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. Note, what I said–you’re losing […]
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Your Boss Doesn’t Want to Fire You–She Doesn’t Even Want You to Quit

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.  Replacing workers cost employers $617 billion in 2018, compared with $331 billion in 2010, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a report by Work Institute, a consulting company. What […]
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How to Replace Toxic Workplace Behavior With Constructive Habits

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. But, when workplace behavior turns sour, you may suffer the consequences in turnover, low employee engagement and unhappy clients. Training employees on professional behavior is important, but […]
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