The House Just Voted for Additional Protections for Pregnant Workers. What That Means for You

Pregnancy shouldn’t be an issue in job interviews, assignments, promotions, or day-to-day work. But it is, and sometimes women don’t have the protection that they think they do. For instance, if an employee’s doctor says she should be on light duty due to the pregnancy, the business only has to provide this if it does so for disabled employees. It can […]
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What to Do When Your Employee Brings up Mental Health

Last week, I was sitting outside at a restaurant on a busy foot-traffic-only street. One of my teen’s friends walked by and stopped to chat. She was with a group of other friends. I mentioned how sad my daughter was that they had had to cancel their lunch date earlier in the week. She apologized […]
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How to Get Recruiters to Give You Feedback

I’m writing regarding a FB post asking readers “How many of you provide honest feedback when rejecting a candidate?” I noticed the majority of respondents said that they do not provide feedback, citing possible negative ramifications. I’m curious what advice you would give to applicants to regarding obtaining feedback? How can a candidate determine what needs to […]
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If I Refuse a 20 Percent Pay Cut, Is it a Resignation or Termination?

I would appreciate some advice for my particular case.  My company recently got bought out by a big corporate company. Today I got an offer letter that offers a 20% pay cut and that would increase my benefit premiums from $0 to $200/month, all for the exact same role and tasks.  As you can imagine, […]
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The CDC’s Guidelines on When Employees Can Return to Work May Surprise You

You should always encourage sick employees to stay at home while they recover, but Covid-19 took that to a whole new level. If someone tests positive, they will be out for a good, long time, regardless of whether they are asymptomatic or land in the hospital. But, when can an employee safely return to work? The Centers […]
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How to Approach and Improve Diversity Hiring

My vice president asked me to hire someone Black for a vacant position and include #BlackLivesMatter in the job posting. Can I hire a Black person solely based on race like this? It seems like I can’t. How can I even respond? To read my answer, click here: How to Approach and Improve Diversity Hiring […]
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As Learning Goes Online, Should I Reconsider My Approach to Hiring

Dear ReWorker: Universities are going digital. Does this mean that MOOCs, training courses and independently gained skills are just as good as the university experience? Should we change our hiring criteria? To read my answer, click here: As Learning Goes Online, Should I Reconsider My Approach to Hiring Leave your own in the comments!
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The Real HR Show: Attendance Issues: Work from Home & COVID-19 Complications

Join Brenda Neckvatal and me as we talk about attendance in a Covid 19 world. Plus, hear Brenda’s answer to my question about false accusations from yesterday and my answer to Brenda’s question about what to do with an employee who records everyone’s conversations.
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All the Reasons You Shouldn’t Prevent Employees From Discussing Who Has the Coronavirus

Rumors can send people into a panic. Additionally, some people are super nervous about exposure to Covid-19 that even if they don’t meet the Centers for Disease Control’s definition of exposed, they are concerned if they’ve had any peripheral contact with someone who tested positive. So, naturally, businesses want to keep things under control. This […]
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Help! I’m Being Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault at Work

I am currently wrongful being accused of sexual assault that never happened and I am currently suspended. I am being investigated even though my supervisor nor the HR department never even talked to me about the situation. I have text messages, eyewitnesses, and can even get video recorded evidence to prove my innocence, but they […]
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The Real HR Show: When to Get HR Involved

Brenda Neckvatal and I are back! We took August off because we wanted to pretend we were Europeans. Come join us as we talk about what managers need to know, and we’ve added a question segment! Listen to me and Brenda answer questions with no preparation.
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4 Tips for Better Workplace Investigations

There have been some big headline news stories recently about the humble job of an employee relations person. Did you miss them? You probably didn’t — -just didn’t think about how HR and employee relations plays a significant role and could have made a real difference, especially in one area: Investigations. For instance, McDonald’s CEO resigned after […]
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My Doctor Says I Should Work from Home. Can My Boss Say No?

After working from home since late March due to COVID, my employer informed all employees on August 18th that we were expected to return to the office on August 24th. If we decided we needed to continue to work from home, we would do so with a 20% cut in hours as well as a […]
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It’s Never Been More Important to Hire People with People Skills

Everyone needs people skills. We all accept that (even though there are plenty of jobs that require minimal contact with other humans), but what does it mean? And what skills do we need in today’s climate? Technical skills, of course, vary across jobs and industries, but people skills are transferable. And workplaces talk about them […]
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It’s Not Pushy to Ask to Be Paid

Offspring #1 cat sits. She’s very, very good at it. People will say, “oh my cat is shy and you probably won’t see him the entire time we’re gone,” and within 2 minutes, the cat is purring on her lap. Now, with any business–even a teenager’s cat sitting one–there are unpleasant business things involved, like […]
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How Networking Works in the Real World

This morning I went for a cup of tea (ginger lemon) with someone I met on LinkedIn. A true networking meeting. And it was a networking meeting. We discussed careers and what we could do to better ourselves. She asked how I diversified my client list, and I shared a story. She said, “Have you […]
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Ellen’s “Generous” Benefits Package to Make up for a Toxic Workplace

Ellen DeGeneres is nice. Of course, she is. It’s her persona. She’s always doing nice things for people and she is so personable and funny. It stands to reason that her staff loves her just as much as her fans do. But, that isn’t what’s been in the news lately. There have been multiple complaints […]
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Join Our “Young” Team? Hello, Age Discrimination

Maybe it’s because I’m old (legally in the United States, as I’m over 40), but “young” doesn’t seem like a good word to use to describe your team. And yet, a Resume writing company uses it. (Thanks to a reader for taking a screenshot and sending this to me.) See it? This line: “Our downtown […]
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