Suzanne Lucas spent 10 years in corporate human resources, where she hired, fired, managed the numbers and double-checked with the lawyers. Read more at www.evilhrlady.org. On Twitter @RealEvilHRLady.
An employer seeks answers about the ethics and boundaries of commenting on an employee’s personal life.
An employer seeks out ways to offer staff members flexibility when working from home isn’t an option.
An employer struggles with how to attract entry-level applicants without being able to increase their wages.
A department head feels undermined by a direct report. What’s the
next step: discipline, take responsibility or simply move on?
Yes, employers can ask employees to come back to the office or
face termination — but should they?
Managers should be involved in writing job descriptions, hiring
employees and evaluating performance — shouldn’t
When people talk about greedy CEOs, they forget the CEOs who
are desperately trying to keep businesses afloat and paying
people more than they themselves take home.
Well-intentioned policies can backfire unless they
are flexible and look at the whole situation.
Did bonuses really go away, or did the company
change the criteria or change the bonuses to be entirely
Employers have paid time off for a reason. How can they encourage
employees to use it?
An employee gets promoted to become the supervisor of a close
friend. Can they maintain their friendship?
Employees complain about bosses all the time. What happens when
the boss overhears?
“Authentic self” doesn’t necessarily mean behaving at work the
way one does at home.
PODCAST: Take a trip with the Evil HR Lady as she answers a question about a new hire who wants to go on vacation.
A new hire says he’s taking a trip that he scheduled before
applying for the job. What are his employer’s options?
PODCAST: Didn’t land a promotion you think you deserved? Here’s what you can and should do.
Didn’t land a promotion you think you deserved? Here’s what you
can and should do.
PODCAST: Is it ever too late to change careers?
Just because you are new to a field, don’t think you need to
start at the bottom.
PODCAST: How can employers solicit outside candidates for open positions without offending employees?
PODCAST: How can employers help ease the transition into new software and systems?
Hiring new people with new ideas and varied experience is always
a good idea. It’s also good to think about what the current staff
thinks and make sure they are happy.
PODCAST: How can employers offer year-end rewards to employees when there isn’t much cash to spare?
It’s not just about learning new functions and how to run reports
in the new system, it’s about change. Here are the areas of
concern and how to fix them.
There are many ways to show employees how much you care about
them, even if you can’t shower them with gifts and bonuses.
PODCAST: How can employers design an attendance policy that works for both themselves and their workers?
PODCAST: Do small businesses with just a few employees need an HR professional, or are there other options?
It’s within an employer’s rights to set an absentee policy
that makes sense for the business. Here’s what that
could look like.
How can employers improve the diversity of their hires without
violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964?
PODCAST: How can a small-business owner give new hires the guidance they need to come onboard — without breaking the bank?
How can employers respond to employees’ concerns as they return
to the office or opt not to do so?
PODCAST: Employers are considering making the temporary measures for people to work from home caused by the coronavirus lockdown more formal. What are their obligations to their employees?
PODCAST: A bored new employee quits instead of applying to an open position within the company because of a policy that prohibits job changes within one year. Is this a wise policy?
PODCAST: An employer asks whether perks such as vacation time and telecommuting privileges can be negotiated with a job candidate.
PODCAST: I just found out a coworker is making more than I am, even though I have been here longer. How can I bring this up to my manager without giving away how I found out?
It’s always easier to start with a good, solid HR plan than to
throw one together the first time you have an issue.
Employers are considering making the temporary measures for
people to work from home caused by the coronavirus lockdown more
formal. What are their obligations to their employees?
If employees are scheduled to begin working at 6 a.m., but no one from management shows up until 7 a.m. to unlock the doors, can the workers be penalized and docked an hour of pay?
PODCAST: If employees are scheduled to begin working at 6 a.m., but no one from management shows up until 7 a.m. to unlock the doors, can the workers be penalized and docked an hour of pay?
I have an employee who would like to be referred to with gender-neutral pronouns. What is our obligation to this employee, and do we face possible legal repercussions?
I can’t afford a full-time HR person, but I need help onboarding new hires. What can I do?
An employee quit because they were bored and couldn’t transfer to another role based on a company’s policy. Is this a good policy to keep?
There’s always someone in the office counting the number of vacation days each person takes, which makes extra paid vacation days a tricky thing to offer.
The National Labor Relations Act protects your right to discuss working conditions with your coworkers, and that includes salaries.
“Can full-time, permanent employees do freelance work for our California-based company if that work falls outside their job description?”
The Fair Labor Standards Act has strict rules regarding paying nonexempt employees, and California is even stricter; one of the key components is that employees must be paid for every hour they work
“Evil HR Lady” Suzanne Lucas explains what you should say — and what you shouldn’t — when a prospective employer calls with a reference check.
After an employee lodged an OSHA complaint against a company, his manager found a journal in the employee’s office that would make any reasonable person cringe in the era of #MeToo. Comstock’s columnist Suzanne Lucas explains why it’s still a bad idea to terminate the employee in this case.
A company is considering switching a full-time worker into a contractor after the employee requested to work from home. Can the company legally do this?
How and when to give feedback to rejected candidates.