What Should My Company’s Covid-19 Quarantine Policy Be?

We recently had our first employee test positive for COVID-19. I told her coworkers that they need to quarantine. But our CEO says as long as they are symptom-free, they can still come to work. What should my policy be when an employee tests positive? To read my answer, click here: What Should My Company’s […]
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The CDC’s Guidance on Vaccinated People: Who Can and (Probably) Shouldn’t Return to the Office

With 18.5 percent of the US having received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose and 9.5 percent being fully vaccinated (as of March 9, 2021), it’s time to reap some rewards finally! Just not at work. The CDC released guidelines that reduced restrictions on fully vaccinated people, but, as employment attorney Jon Hyman, points out “unless everyone entering […]
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Fragrances in the Workplace

I recently developed a sensitivity to fragrances. I get headaches, suffer from vertigo and generally feel awful. My boss allowed me to post signs that say “Fragrance-Free Zone,” but some people persist in wearing fragrances. Once, a perfume-wearing coworker came to my cube and I felt a migraine coming on. I explained my problem and […]
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Swiss Sunday: Burka Verbot

Today, Swiss Citizens voted to ban face coverings, targeting approximately 30 women in the country. Yes, that’s right. A referendum passed prohibiting burkas in Switzerland. It was done under the guise of “protecting women” but, trust me, it has nothing to do with protecting women. Government estimates are that 30 to 100 women in the […]
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Make Sure Your Diversity and Inclusion Push Includes Age

According to the US government, I’m officially old. This is important not only for legal reasons, but because I’m likely to be a target of people who loudly proclaim equality for all. Yes, it turns out that the equality movement focuses on women and minorities, but turn against older people. It’s just as illegal to […]
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Texas and Mississippi Say All Businesses Can Open 100 Percent, With No Masks

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday that Texas businesses can open at full capacity without masks starting next week. Texans, Abbott explained, can be responsible for their own safety. Earlier on Tuesday, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves in a Tweet announced that businesses in his state would also be allowed to operate at 100 percent capacity, starting tomorrow.  “We are […]
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2021 Virtual HR Summit

Registration is Now Open Come join us for a virtual HR summit March 22-26 and get HRCI and/or SHRM Credit while learning amazing things about the following; March 22nd: When Hiring The Perfect Candidate Isn’t an Option by Suzanne Lucas March 23rd: Look Behind the Scenes World of Insurance and Become a Better Negotiator by […]
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Trader Joe’s Alleged Termination is a Long List of What Not to Do

UPDATE: Trader Joe’s responded. Their response is at the bottom. Trader Joe’s employee Ben Bonnema wrote a long letter to Trader Joe’s Ceo Dan Bane, detailing some health and safety issues Bonnema saw in his store. trader joe's just fired me for sending this letter to the ceo, saying i don't share the company values. i […]
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Honor Black History Month in a Meaningful Way–Through Action

February is Black History Month, a time to educate ourselves and others about Black history, raise awareness about ongoing issues that the Black community faces, and encourage change. When it comes to honoring Black History Month in the workplace, organizations often want to “do something,” but aren’t sure of the best way to actually facilitate learning, […]
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What You Need to Do When an Employee Is Addicted to Drugs

Carl Hart, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at Columbia University, thinks all drugs should be legal. That’s not a shocking viewpoint–the state of Oregon just decriminalized possession of small amounts of drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and LSD. Portugal did the same but way back in 2001. But, he’s taking a step further and speaking openly about his own drug […]
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Why You Should Hire People Who Make Typos

The best people for certain jobs may not have perfect résumés. Oh, sure, they’ll have the skills you need, but you might spot a “their” that should be “there” or vice versa. Many hiring managers reject such people on the spot. Research suggests that this may be a bad idea.  Typos are made because we’re so busy trying […]
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Free E-Book: “Background Screening Trends That Are Either IN or OUT for 2021”

Sponsored post Check out our complimentary ebook “Background Screening Trends That Are Either IN or OUT for 2021”  Just like fashion, background screening changes every year. Some trends that are in one year are out the next. While certain staples make up a background check, the way we use the information evolves.  Key Take-Aways:  Top predicted […]
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Employee Relations as a Team Sport

Do you remember your high school gym class, or did you block it out, like most of us do? Why was gym class so awful? It was the team sports, wasn’t it? You threw a group together based on their schedule and nothing else, and no one wanted to be there. Some had talent, some […]
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Swiss Saturday: The Lost Kitty

This is Mikey. This is also Mikey. Mikey loves plants and adventure. Or rather, he thinks he loves adventure, but then he gets freaked out. We have an apartment on what Europeans call the first floor, but Americans call the second. But, in height, it’s really more like the second (European) floor. We have a […]
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A Restaurant Fired a Waitress for Refusing the Covid-19 Vaccine

Nobody wants this pandemic to end faster than restaurant owners, whose businesses have suffered greatly. To get restaurants up and running, New York State added restaurant workers to the list of people eligible for a vaccine. Waitress Bonnie Jacobson’s employer, the Red Hook Tavern, made vaccination mandatory. Jacobson refused–citing fertility concerns. The Red Hook Tavern fired her, and […]
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No Cell Phones on Breaks

I have a friend who has worked for a golf course for over 20 years. The golf course recently implemented a policy that prohibits employees from using their cell phones at work EXCEPT for lunch breaks.  The policy indicates that because their 10-15 minute breaks are during work time (and they do not clock out), […]
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Wynter Research panels

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