Should a New Hire Be Allowed to Take a Trip?

A new hire started today. He says he scheduled a trip before applying for the new job. He says he has all his reservations and has paid, so he will be taking the trip. He will finish the onboarding process and then go on the trip. What can I do? To read my answer, click […]
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The REAL HR Show Today at Clubhouse

The REAL HR show has moved to Clubhouse! Every Thursday at 10:00 am Eastern you will find me and Brenda Neckvatal on Clubhouse! Today, though, Brenda is on a plane, so I will be alone! Please join me in discussing the horrors of HR. Here’s the link if you would like to join in! The […]
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4 unique interview questions to help you find the best employees

Interviewing is a difficult task, and most hiring managers don’t do it very often – so they don’t have time to get good at it. But, asking unique interview questions can help you better evaluate candidates to land someone with the proper knowledge, skills, and abilities. Here’s what we’ll cover: Why you should ask candidates unique interview […]
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4 True Workplace Horror Stories That Demonstrate Why You Need Professional HR

Who is your head of Human Resources? in a small company, that person often has many hats, and their primary training was not in HR. I know because these people come to me asking questions that should be basic HR. No problem. You can answer basic HR questions with a quick Google search or a […]
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HR Is Not for Wimps

Lots of people go into HR because they like people and because they think there will be no math. The problem is, there’s lots of math, and liking people often means you’re too nice and understanding. I like math. I also like people, which can mean it’s a bit difficult to have those really hard […]
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Dave Ramsey Fires People for Premarital Sex. Can You?

Imagine: You find out you’re pregnant, and you excitedly go to the Human Resources Department to ask for your Family Medical Leave Act paperwork, and instead, you get fired.   Caitlin O’Connor claims this happened to her at Ramsey Solutions, the company run by financial guru Dave Ramsey. Ramsey solutions claim they fired her for premarital sex, […]
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I just can’t find a mentor

I want to be promoted, and I think I need a mentor. However, there isn’t anyone in my company who can help me, and I can’t really find someone outside the company either. Do I have to have a mentor to succeed? To read my answer, click here: I just can’t find a mentor
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Should I Sign Termination Papers?

I live in Florida and have been told I need to sign a termination letter stating I was let go due to insubordination, conduct and behavior deemed unacceptable in accordance with the company regulations, etc. I have never refused or implied I was not going to do a task asked of me, and needless to […]
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Hiring from only the Top Schools is Lazy

Hiring from top schools (or requiring degrees at all) is a simple proxy for intelligence and hard work. These things are hard to evaluate in an interview or two, so you say “well, if this candidate managed to get into Harvard and graduate theymust be smart and hard working!” And you probably won’t be wrong, […]
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Amazon’s Pee Tweet Response–and What It Should Have Said Instead

Amazon defended itself against Representative Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) in a fascinating tweet exchange–one that any business owner should study as an example of what not to do. Representative Pocan tweeted Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a “progressive workplace” when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles. https://t.co/CnFTtTKA9q — Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) March […]
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Is an MBA a Good Investment for Companies?

Is it sustainable for a company to pay for people to get their MBAs? The last three people we’ve given tuition reimbursement quit within a year of finishing school. It seems like we’re paying people to move to competitors. There’s no right or wrong answer to your question. It depends on your business needs. But, […]
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Webinar: Interpersonal HR Competencies

Sponsored Post Wednesday, March 31 at 2 pm CT Register here: Interpersonal HR Competencies 1 Hour SHRM and 1 Hour HRCI (Pending) Business Credit This presentation teaches HR professionals the interpersonal competencies needed for business acumen. Learning Objectives: Learn how relationship management contributes to effective relationships with key stakeholders to influence organizational behavior and outcomes.  Learn […]
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Ikea Executives Face Possible Jail Time for Spying on Employees

Versailles is an amazing vacation destination, but it’s also a court destination for French Ikea officials where they face charges of spying on employees. According to The Guardian, Jean-François Paris, Ikea France’s former director of risk management, spent upwards of €600,000 a year on private investigators who spied on employees. The court investigation focuses on 2009 to 2012, […]
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My Boss Removed 40 Percent of My Accounts. Can I Quit without Repaying Relocation?

I’ve been working for the same company for 6 years.  I recently relocated from Oklahoma to Minnesota and they gave me $15k for relocating.  I reviewed the location in detail with the V.P. President and HR.  I knew all of the financials and accounts base when I took the position.  After I arrived they started moving accounts away […]
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The Story of How a Zoom Meeting Saved a Woman

A year into the pandemic, and we’re all tired of Zoom meetings, but one woman may owe her life to a Zoom court hearing.  State attorney assistant Deborah Davis noticed that the victim in a domestic abuse hearing acted strangely, and she asked the Judge to investigate. The police came and found the accused defendant in the house […]
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Lawsuit: Employees Not Paying for Pre-Shift Covid Screening

For the past year, employers have been regularly screening employees for fevers and other Covid-19 symptoms. If you’ve attended one of my Covid webinars (the next one is on March 23), you’ve heard me bring up the question of employee pay. I’ve said that while I wasn’t sure of the legality of not paying (and […]
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Paid Time Off For Covid-19 Vaccines? It’s the Law in NY and Elsewhere If You Mandate the Jab

New York State just passed a law–effective March 12, 2021–that requires businesses to provide four hours of paid time off (PTO) for each Covid-19 vaccination an employee receives. This means, with two shots required for Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, an employee receives eight hours of PTO, while if you opt for the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson […]
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What I’m Reading

Offspring #2 was deeply disappointed that Can I Bring My Pet Monkey to Work by Charles T. Passaglia was not about how he could get permission to bring his pet monkey to work, but rather about employment law. I’m working on him and will bring him to the employment law dark side soon enough. Monkeys […]
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Checking in on HR & ER Teams

It’s been a year since our first chance to learn what agility really means. Sure, it wasn’t the way we wanted to learn–but suddenly, new regulations, layoffs, dealing with PPP loans, and figuring out how FFCRA applied were front and center. And now? We’re writing vaccination policies. Nothing we did in any HRCI or SHRM certification […]
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When Your Employee Has Dementia

Employees’ mental health is a big concern; especially now, due to the negative impact the pandemic has on mental health. But what do you do when an employee seems to be forgetful? What about when you notice a decline in their ability to do their job? For example, what about an employee who Forgets procedures […]
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