When a person turns 16 years old, they get to drive. When 21 comes around, they can drink legally. Additionally, when they turn 26 years old, their reward is moving off their parents’ health plan. It’s not exactly the most welcome birthday present, but before the Affordable Care Act was enacted, they would have been on their own much earlier. So as employees (or children of employees) approach 26 years of age, it’s important they be prepared. Here’s what to tell them.

Explain the Open Enrollment Windows

Once a year, usually in October or November, there’s an open enrollment period in which employees select their health care plans for the next year. Picking the right health plan is crucial because unless the employee experiences a qualifying event, they’re stuck with the plan for a year. Qualifying events are things that would be considered major life occasions — think marriage, divorce, having a baby or changing jobs.

To keep reading, click here: How to Prepare Employees for Moving Off Their Parents’ Health Plan

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LuLaRoe: Family Last

by Evil HR Lady on January 8, 2018

The biggest contributor to the wage gap is that women want “temporal flexibility.” In other words, many women want to put family first and still make a living. Naturally, this draws them towards organizations such as LuLaRoea multi-level marketing company that sells clothing. Their motto speaks to this:

LuLaRoe: Where through fashion we create freedom, serve others and strengthen families. A place where lives are being improved and dreams achieved through love, purpose, confidence, trust and growth.

Sounds ideal for a mom that wants temporal flexibility, right? But, that’s not how it always plays out. Even within LuLaRoe founder DeAnne Stidham’s own family.

Recently, Stidham’s niece, Kristy Benton, shared a conversation she had last year with her Aunt over a mandatory meeting. It didn’t show LuLaRoe’s commitment to family:

To keep reading, click here: LuLaRoe: Family Last

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Is Bad Body Odor Really a Protected Disability?

by Evil HR Lady on January 4, 2018

Amber Bridges got fired because of bad body odor, but not hers. Another employee had bad body odor and Bridges tried to solve the problem by bringing in air fresheners and others followed suit. The smelly employee complained to HR and Bridges was fired for creating a “hostile work environment.”

A hostile work environment doesn’t mean that Bridges was being rude, it means that she violated a law against illegal discrimination. You’ll hear this term used most often in relationship to sexual and gender harassment, but it can be used in a case of disability discrimination as well.

Bridges is suing, rather ironically, saying her termination was a result of her association with the stinky co-worker, and that she should be protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well.

While we don’t have more details than that, I can already tell where this organization went wrong and how Bridges, herself, made mistakes.

To keep reading, click here: Is Bad Body Odor Really a Protected Disability?

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Thomas S. Monson, president, and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) died last night, at home, at the age of 90. He was a true example of leadership and service and demonstrated that those two things go together. Here are just a few examples of how demonstrated leadership.

Achieving Miracles Takes Hard Work

While serving as a General Authority in Europe during the 1960s, Monson promised Mormons living in East Germany that “if you will remain true and faithful to the commandments of God, every blessing any member of the Church enjoys in any other country will be yours.”

That was quite a promise for people living in a country that didn’t allow LDS church materials in, nor LDS church members out to visit temples (which is an essential part of LDS teaching). He didn’t just sit back and say, “You guys be faithful now!” He continued to work hard, meeting with people behind the scenes and developing friendships with East German leaders.

Because he couldn’t bring any official church documents into East Germany, he decided to memorize the LDS Handbook of Instructions. He arrived in East Germany and asked for a typewriter and began typing. Only then did he learn that somehow, they had a copy of the handbook. He willingly did whatever it took to create the miracle he foresaw.

To keep reading, click here: 5 Lessons in Leadership from Mormon Church President, Thomas S. Monson

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Emily McCombs, Parents Editorial Director at HuffPost, tweeted her New Year’s Resolutions. She’s since deleted the tweet, but not before many people grabbed it. Here’s the tweet:

You can see why  McCombs might have deleted it. You can also see why she wants to cultivate friendships with women, because, after all, she’s planning to kill all men. Hard to cultivate friendships with the dead.

To keep reading, click here: HuffPost Editor Says New Year’s Resolution Is to “Kill All Men”

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10 HR Rules That Would Improve the World

by Evil HR Lady on December 31, 2017

HR is often misunderstood, but that’s just because they don’t understand us. In fact, if HR rules were implemented everywhere, your life would be much, much better. Here are 10 ways things would change for the better if HR ruled the world.

1. Onboarding for Everything

Think how onboarding would change your life. That guy you met on Tinder? He’d come with a packet that explained the benefits of dating him. You could make an informed choice before you spent an hour at Starbucks getting to know him. When you move into a new house, you’d get a tour of everyone else’s house in the neighborhood, along with planned lunches for the first week. Awesome.

To keep reading, click here: 10 HR Rules That Would Improve the World

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Anna Muzychuk is taking a stand for women’s rights at her own expense. The Chess Grandmaster won the 2016 Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship and the Women’s World Blitz Chess Championship. She’s currently ranked the number two woman by Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE), which governs international chess competitions. And she’s walking away from this year’s world championships.

She’s not retiring or concerned about her challengers. She’s taking a stand for herself and for women in general by refusing to play in Saudi Arabia. She wrote on 23 December on her Facebook page:

In a few days I am going to lose two World Champion titles – one by one. Just because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia. Not to play by someone’s rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside, and altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature. Exactly one year ago I won these two titles and was about the happiest person in the chess world but this time I feel really bad. I am ready to stand for my principles and skip the event, where in five days I was expected to earn more than I do in a dozen of events combined. All that is annoying, but the most upsetting thing is that almost nobody really cares. That is a really bitter feeling, still not the one to change my opinion and my principles. The same goes for my sister Mariya – and I am really happy that we share this point of view. And yes, for those few who care – we’ll be back!

Mariya, currently ranked 6th, deserves an equal amount of credit for standing up to a country that only recently agreed to allow women to drive.

To keep reading, click here:  The Reason this Chess World Champion Is Stepping Away From Her Titles

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Employee Background and Your Health Insurance Plan

by Evil HR Lady on December 28, 2017

Does employee background matter when you’re looking for a health insurance plan for your small business? When you’re looking at plans, the possibilities can seem endless, even if there are only one or two providers in your state. Do you want a PPO, an HMO, an EPO, a POS or an HDHP with an HSA? Yes, this alphabet soup all refers to different types of health insurance plans that may be available to you and your employees.

There are pros and cons to each of these plans — and people who love some and hate the others — but the question is, what does your office need? That’s where we get to employee background.

To keep reading, click here: Employee Background and Your Health Insurance Plan

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4 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged During Open Enrollment

by Evil HR Lady on December 27, 2017

You’ve emailed your employees 37 times and put a sign up in the break room, but they still seem to miss open enrollment deadlines. It could be that they don’t understand why it’s so important. The result is that employees can end up with a plan that isn’t the best for them and their families. In fact, many people do, according to The New York Times. How can you get your employees engaged in the process of choosing their health care benefits for the next year, and do so on time? Here are four ideas.

1. Listen to Employees During the Whole Year

If you include employees in the whole benefits decision process, they can see that you’re doing the best you can to provide them with quality benefits. Ask employees what is important to them and invite a few to be on the committee that evaluates plans for the coming year.

To keep reading, click here: 4 Ways to Keep Employees Engaged During Open Enrollment

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Like all good parents, our biggest goal is that our children grow up and move out. In order to do that, they need life skills, education, and (probably) a kick in the pants at the appropriate moment. Ideally, we’d like them to finish college or a skilled trade program, get a good job (or create their own good jobs), get married, and provide us with adorable grandchildren. We’d like them to do the latter on their own dime.

So, to help in this process, we bought board games for this Christmas.

See, like most children, ours think the world lives and dies with the internet. There’s no easier way to get their attention than to turn off the WiFi. Their biggest goal at the moment is to get the password that will allow them to circumvent the parental controls that turn the WiFi off and on. No worries, that password is more secure than Fort Knox.

Most internet surfing and video game playing is done independently. But, some of the life skills children need are to play together and to lose and to accept a string of bad luck graciously. While there’s definitely skill involved in some board games, there’s also a whole lot of luck. And let’s be honest–while there is a lot of skill involved at business success, there’s also a whole lot of luck. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Here’s what we’re hoping our children learn from our new family fun.

To keep reading, click here: Why We Bought Board Games for Our Children (and You Should too )

And tell me your favorite family board or card game in the comments.

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