$2.13 an hour sounds like an immoral rate of pay. Only a cold-hearted jerk would pay a hard-working (or even a lazy) employee $2.13 an hour. This is why Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s campaign to raise the tipped minimum wage to at least the federal minimum wage (currently $7.25 per hour) tugs at heartstrings.

Their Facebook video has over 2.5 million views, after being posted on October 31. That’s pretty viral, as far as videos about wait staff pay are concerned. They make plenty of good points–$2.13 an hour is barely enough for a cheap cup of coffee, or maybe you could get two candy bars if they are on sale.

They are also 100 percent wrong.

No waiter or waitress legally receives only $2.13 an hour. Minimum wage is still $7.25 per hour (federally) or whatever your state minimum wage is. Here’s what the law requires (emphasis mine)

To keep reading, click here: Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda Know Nothing About Tipped Wages


The Best Office Holiday Gift Idea Ever!

by Evil HR Lady on November 2, 2017

Office holiday gift exchanges are designed to be fun, but in the end, you often end up buying something someone else doesn’t like, need, or want and receiving something you don’t like, need, or want. We keep doing it in the name of “fun.”

Many offices have adopted a “Secret Santa” game where all participants (and participation should always be voluntary) are assigned a co-worker and instructed not to tell that person who he or she is. Everyone buys a gift and everything is revealed at the end, and it’s great fun. Except, at the end you have a gift you really don’t want. (Unless it’s food, in which case you probably want it, but your middle could probably do without it.)

I stumbled across a much better version of this game. It comes from a friend of a friend who tried to track down the originator of her husband’s office tradition, but couldn’t. They gave me permission to share this fabulous idea. Here’s how it works.

To keep reading, click here: The Best Office Secret Santa Idea Ever


(Yes, this is a repeat from last year, but I love this idea so much and I wanted everyone who didn’t see it to get a chance to see it.)



Dilemma of the Month: Snooping on Employee Email

by Evil HR Lady on November 2, 2017

I have an employee who hasn’t been performing well. She always has an excuse. Last week, she was out sick again and I needed a report that I know she’d received from a client. I tried to call her, but she didn’t answer. So, I asked IT if I could get the report from her email, and they gave me access to her inbox. I found the report, but curiosity overcame me, and I opened a few other emails with subject lines that caught my eye. Turns out that my employee has been doing a lot of non-work related things at work. I feel totally guilty — I snooped. Is this legal? Is it moral? What do I do with this information?

To read the answer, click here: Dilemma of the Month: Snooping on Employee Email


Cisgender Straight White Males Need Not Apply

by Evil HR Lady on November 1, 2017

The Democratic National Committee is hiring new IT people. That’s normal and probably good, given their computer problems over the past while. However, Madeleine Leader, the Democratic National Committee Data Services Manager, added a very illegal request to her inhouse email:

I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, since they’re already in the majority.

I reached out to the DNC to ask for a response and have not heard back. I attempted to contact Ms. Leader directly, but her LinkedIn page has been taken down. (I cannot verify why or when it was taken down.)

So, here’s the thing: You can’t do this. Not legally, anyway. It’s important to note that this is not DNC hiring policy, but one hiring manager gone rogue.

To keep reading, click here: Cisgender Straight White Males Need Not Apply


Do you want to make more money? Of course, we all do.

Sorry, I was channeling my inner Sally Struthers, which really dates me, and it wasn’t even my point.

What I should ask is “do you want to save more money?”  Everybody says that yes, yes, they do, especially from a business setting. You don’t want to pay more than you absolutely have to. As a result, businesses sometimes cut corners where they shouldn’t.

For instance, employment attorneys. If you’re a business owner or an HR manager, you need a relationship with one. It doesn’t have to be a big firm and it doesn’t have to be expensive.  You may think you know everything you need to, and your employees love you and would never sue anyway.

Ha, ha, ha. Wishful thinking. I’ve put together some ideas on when you’ll want to save money in the long run by spending some money now in hiring an employment attorney.

To read it, hop over to The Balance and read 6 Times When An Employer Needs to Hire an Employment Attorney

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Amazon almost lost me as a customer, but not for reasons you might expect. I covered the fall of Amazon Studio Head, Roy Price, who Executive Producer Isa Hackett accused of sexual harassment, but honestly, that didn’t affect my buying habits.

What did? Bad customer service.

Yep. My 9-year-old saved and saved his money in order to buy his very own Kindle Fire. A package, the right size, arrived and I let him open it. Surprise! It wasn’t his Kindle Fire, but two French books. We don’t speak French.

Now, I’m not heartless and I understand mistakes happen. So, I contacted customer service to inform them of the error. They agreed that, indeed, I did not order French books and promised to send the Kindle Fire express shipping. Great.

Two days later, nothing. I contacted them again. Oh, oops, we didn’t order that. Do you still want it? Yes, please, I said.

To keep reading, click here: Amazon, Pay Attention: Your Front Line is More Important than Your Executives


How to Be Polite by Telling a Jerk to Stop Being Rude

by Evil HR Lady on October 26, 2017

I was raised to be polite. I say please and thank you. I don’t take up extra seats on a crowded train. I sneeze into my arm. I don’t play music on public transportation. You know, all the normal things that not rude people do. But, unfortunately, some of my fellow humans take advantage of nice people like me (and you) by doing whatever it is they want without a whit of concern about other people. Jerks.

I live in a town with amazing public transportation–so amazing that I don’t even own a car. There is also a town center with wonderful street musicians and other performers. I often give money to these people. I truly enjoy listening to most of them. And if I don’t? (Like the guy who plays the pan flute.) I can just walk away.

There is one woman who loves to sing for money, but she doesn’t do it on the street. Instead, she gets on a tram, where you’re trapped for at least one stop, sings a short song, and then asks for money. That, by the way, is illegal, but the police aren’t focusing on it, and she jumps off after one or two stops anyway.

She drives me utterly insane. I refuse to give her any money. But I never say or do anything about it–until last week.

To keep reading, click here: How to Be Polite by Telling a Jerk to Stop Being Rude


Yesterday, Arianna Huffington spoke at HR Tech World in Amsterdam wearing the same dress she’s worn at other conferences and the same dress she plans to wear later this week at another conference. This is on purpose. “Why do women feel they need to buy a new outfit for every event?”

It’s a good question, I thought, as I sat there in my new outfit that I purchased specifically for this conference. (Full disclosure, I do some work for HR Tech.) In my defense, I work at home and my daily wardrobe isn’t what I want to wear to a professional conference.

Why do women focus so much on clothing? Why do we think we need new outfits, or at least different outfits, for every important event?

To keep reading, click here: Why Arianna Huffington Wears the Same Dress Over and Over (and You Should, Too


How long do you expect that new grad to stick around? 18 months? Two years? What about the employee who is on her third job since graduating from college in 2012. She’s definitely a short timer, right?

Jack Jampel, HR expert and a form

er co-worker and de facto boss of mine (I never reported directly to Jack, but he was definitely a leadership influence in my career), is a bit frustrated with the idea that we can’t count on employees to stay around any more. He wrote on LinkedIn

“PLANNING FOR SHORTER EMPLOYEE TENURES IS THE NEW NORMAL”. Over the past several weeks I have now heard this referenced three times as a potential upcoming new “business strategy” and it is quite concerning. Millennials have a reputation for moving from job to job, being constantly on the lookout for the next best thing. I bet if you survey Baby Boomers, many have moved from job to job just as frequently as Millennials in their first five years. One of the most critical factors impacting the frequency of job movement is where one is in their life (i.e. married or single, children, home ownership, etc.) and not simply because you were born during the “Millennial” generation. Lets hope we don’t see Talent Management modules popping up on “How to Manage and Get the Most out of Short Term Employees”. These will be the companies who are not investing enough time and money in developing the right strategy and implementing the right technology to ensure your employee satisfaction and engagement is both up-to-date and impactful. Oh, and by the way…. I also love working from home and I’m no Millenial 🙂

I love the idea of a Talent Management module called “How to Manage and Get the Most out of Short Term Employees” because it lays it straight out. What can you get out of these people without putting anything in?

To keep reading, click here: When a Millennial Quits, Did You Drive Her Out?


Why Your Nightmare Job Can Be Someone Else’s Dream Job

by Evil HR Lady on October 23, 2017

Dream jobs. Everyone wants one, but chasing that elusive dream can often result in a nightmare. But, the reality is, your dream job may be someone else’s nightmare job.

For instance, I love writing. I love Human Resources. I love writing about HR. It goes together well. Other people would rather stick pins in their eyes than sit down every day in front a computer with the assignment to write a couple of thousand words, edit them, and get them ready for publication.

On the other hand, someone who hates writing may find a real joy in teaching kindergarten. Frankly, that seems like a complete nightmare to me, and if I somehow ended up in a Kindergarten classroom I might adopt some of the teacher in this video’s behavior. (Although, I would choose Harry Potter as my book series to share with the little darlings.)

So, with this in mind, I asked people what their nightmare jobs look like. This wasn’t about bad co-workers or micro-managing bosses, but where the actual work would make you climb in bed and hide under the covers. See if you relate to any of these ideas:

To read the list of nightmare jobs, click here: Why Your Nightmare Job Can Be Someone Else’s Dream Job

Add your own in the comments!