When ICE Comes Knocking at Your Company’s Door

by Evil HR Lady on March 29, 2017

Is everyone in your US office legal to work in the United States? Are you sure? Could you survive an audit of your documentation? This is called an I9 audit. Is it possible that Immigration officials could show up at your door and ask to see your documentation? Yes, and Ashley Kaplan, Senior Employment Law Attorney at ComplyRight, helped me with some tips for making sure you don’t need to be nervous when ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) shows up at your door.

Location and industry matters

While any business in any location could technically be subject to a surprise audit, Kaplan says that if you’re in a sanctuary city or work in construction, agriculture, a restaurant, or hospitality, you’re more likely to be audited.While every business needs to be prepared, if you’re in one of these, your chance of a knock at the door is higher.

To keep reading click here: When ICE Comes Knocking at Your Company’s Door


According to A Vision for the Economy of 2040, a report published by The Roosevelt Institute and the Kauffman Foundation, gig employment will make the American economy of 2040 “scarcely recognizable.” According to Freelancing in America: A National Survey of the New Workforce, published in 2014, 34 percent of American workers are already working gig jobs.

Large organizations have long used gig employees for special projects, but have often used the term consultant rather than gig; however, they are essentially the same thing. That said, adapting to gig employment is something that every organization should think about. Should your organization be on the lookout for freelancers? Is this the right way to hire for your organization? Should your organizational hiring strategy change?

Here is what you need to know to make the right choice:

To keep reading, click here: Adapting to Gig Employment: Is It Right for Your Organization?

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Similarities Between Athletes and HR

by Evil HR Lady on March 27, 2017

The similarities between athletes and HR leaders might seem far fetched to some, but whatever their surface differences may be, they are both trying to inspire and achieve greatness. Those of us within the HR industry have experienced the thrill of victory after successfully persuading the C-suite to embark on a new initiative, and we’ve also experienced the agony of defeat when an employee we’ve onboarded, trained and invested in, leaves for a competitor.

Here’s a few more similarities between the athletes and HR.


Can you do back flips and turns on a balance beam? What about the HR manager who has to coach the star salesperson who isn’t very nice to their co-workers? The organization doesn’t want to lose their star performer, but they’re so negative you’re in danger of losing everyone else. So, in comes the HR manager tasked with correcting this behavior without punishing or offending. Talk about a tough balance!

To keep reading, click here: Similarities Between Athletes and HR


Nanette Byrd, better known as Brad’s wife, lost her job at Cracker Barrel. People lose their job every day, but what makes this case special is that this has become internet famous, with a petition (with over 20,0000 signatures) demanding answers as to why Nanette Byrd lost her job after 11 years.

If you’re tempted to post a bad review about Cracker Barrel, send a nasty email, or just sign the petition, stop and think. Is this really how you want things to play out should you ever be so unfortunate as to lose your job?

Of course, you say! You want answers! Let the internet demand answers.

Well, I’m not so sure that you do want the whole internet to demand answers about why you were terminated.

To keep reading, click here: Why You Should Stop Harassing Cracker Barrel about Brad’s Wife


Is Hiring Students Worth the Investment?

by Evil HR Lady on March 24, 2017

Hiring students to work at your restaurant seems pretty normal. However, employing younger staff members comes with both benefits and drawbacks. Is it the right decision for your restaurant? Here are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Think about Training Time

If you hire students to work at your restaurant, it will likely be their first or second job. You will have to train them on every little detail of the job. This will likely include handwashing, food preparation, how to use a cash register, and even how to respond to a cranky customer. Because of their lack of experience, you will most likely have to train young employees on how to be polished and professional.

However, you also won’t have to train young employees on how to move away from bad habits that were learned at other jobs. In other words, if you hire a hard-working, capable teenager with the right attitude, it can be easier to start from scratch rather than retraining an employee with prior experience.

Be Aware of Any Restrictions

Most people who work part-time jobs do so because they have other commitments. However, hiring young, part-time employees can come with some restrictions that you don’t have to worry about with adult employees. For instance, state laws vary but some states have strict rules in regard to the number of hours teenagers can work, how late they can work, and what tasks they can do. Make sure you’re following the law before you hire teens.

To keep reading, click here: Is Hiring Students Worth the Investment?


I Quit My Job: Can I Get Unemployment?

by Evil HR Lady on March 22, 2017

Unemployment insurance is designed to provide you money between jobs when you lose your job through no fault of your own, but is there ever a case where you can receive unemployment payments even when you resigned? Yes there are. There are not very many (and they vary by state–remember unemployment is a state decision, not a federal one), but they do exist.

If you’re contemplating quitting your job, and wonder if you could possibly get unemployment payments, here are four times when it’s possible.

Valid personal reason

If your wife is in the military and is transferred from Florida to Idaho, and you quit your job to follow her, you’ll be eligible for unemployment payments from Florida. (You always get the payment from the state you worked in.) If you live in California and quit your job to follow your spouse for any job, you can be eligible there–but in Florida, it has to be a military job that triggered the relocation. Each state has their own rules, but here is a list of which states offer unemployment for trailing spouses.

To read the other three reasons, click here: I Quit My Job: Can I Get Unemployment?


We talk a lot about  making the workplace better for women, but the reality is, we should make the workplace better for everyone. Women and men do (generally) have different needs and wants in the workplace, but what benefits one group can benefit others.

Over at The Balance, I identify 5 different things businesses can do to make an office environment:

  1. Increase flexibility
  2. Create set schedules for retail/shift work
  3. Salary openness
  4. Provide management training
  5. Make things equal but not the same.

To learn details on how these things help your workplace achieve gender equality, hop on over to The Balance: 5 Ways to Ensure Gender Equality in Your Workplace.


You’ve probably heard about the company in Maine that will end up shelling out around $10 million due to the lack of an Oxford comma. The New York Times explains it as follows:

A class-action lawsuit about overtime pay for truck drivers hinged entirely on a debate that has bitterly divided friends, families and foes: The dreaded — or totally necessary — Oxford comma, perhaps the most polarizing of punctuation marks.

What ensued in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and in a 29-page court decision handed down on Monday, was an exercise in high-stakes grammar pedantry that could cost a dairy company in Portland, Me., an estimated $10 million.

Everyone is focusing on the Oxford comma part of this case, but I’d like to focus on the ridiculousness of an employment law that could result in this confusion and hinge on a grammar question.

My first question on this was how on earth do truck drivers qualify for being exempt on a federal law level? The Fair Labor Standards Act has strict rules for who can and who cannot be salaried exempt (that is, not eligible for overtime), and at first glance truck drivers don’t seem to meet those criteria, but it turns out that labor law exempts employees who fall under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Transportation through the Motor Carrier Act of 1935. That’s why Maine could make their own rules.7

To keep reading, click here: The Oxford Comma Case Proves We Need New Employment Laws, Not Better Grammar


Meetings are a fact of business life. Sure, a lot of things can be accomplished via email, IM or Slack, but sometimes you have to meet face to face or over video conference. These are good things–face to face can bring a lot of advantages and convey information more clearly than via text message. (After all, you can hear tone of voice and see facial expressions when you can actually see each other.) But, what if you’re a person who is prone to fidgeting?

If you’re that person you’ve been known to tap your pen, doodle on your paper, or bounce your foot up and down, which can sometimes result in accidentally kicking a co-worker. You can buy one of the many fidget toys on the market, but that is obvious and can project an image of unprofessionalism (even though fidgeting can help us remember things we hear. Or, you can get one of these Fidgipens.

To keep reading, click here: This Kickstarter Solves the Boring Meeting Fidgeting Problem


President Trump met this week with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. One of the things President Trump talked about was Germany’s successful apprenticeship program.

We often think about apprenticeship programs as being something you do for a blue collar job, which is true but Germany’s apprenticeship (and the apprenticeship programs of other European countries) aren’t focused exclusively on blue collar work. Teenagers often do a combined academic and practical program, where they may attend school part time and work part time.

This comes after Salesforce’s Marc Benikoff challenged President Trump to create 5 million apprenticeships within the next five years, and Trump replied, “Let’s go for that 5 million.”

To keep reading, click here: Trump Wants to Create 5 Million Apprenticeships in 5 Years (Because Marc Benioff Told Him to Do It)