New York City Just Changed Fast-Food Employment Forever

by Evil HR Lady on January 15, 2021

With more than half of New York restaurants hanging on a thread and depending on federal dollars to stay afloat, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on January 5 signed new legislation that effectively ends at-will employment for fast-food restaurants in New York City. The move, which goes into effect on July 4, 2021, prevents employers from discharging employees or reducing their hours past a certain threshold unless the employer has “just cause,” which is described as unsatisfactorily performing their duty, among other things.  

The effort makes New York City the first jurisdiction in the country to pass job protections for employees within a particular industry, according to Ogletree Deakins, a labor and employment law firm.

To keep reading, click here: New York City Just Changed Fast-Food Employment Forever


Are you using your time to be successful? Last night a friend sent me this video.

This talk was, overall, excellent, but this story really struck me as a small business owner:

Two men formed a partnership. They built a small shed beside a busy road. They obtained a truck and drove it to a farmer’s field, where they purchased a truckload of melons for a dollar a melon. They drove the loaded truck to their shed by the road, where they sold their melons for a dollar a melon. They drove back to the farmer’s field and bought another truckload of melons for a dollar a melon. Transporting them to the roadside, they again sold them for a dollar a melon. As they drove back toward the farmer’s field to get another load, one partner said to the other, “We’re not making much money on this business, are we?” “No, we’re not,” his partner replied. “Do you think we need a bigger truck?”

These men were working so hard and while their customers were probably happy with cheap watermelon, it wasn’t helping them get ahead. And, in fact, they were getting behind with their own success. Getting the watermelons, transporting the melons, and selling the melons all took their time and their money. Trucks aren’t free. They were busy but not successful.

How much time do you spend being busy but not productive?

This is my goal for the year–to stop being so busy and start being productive. I ask myself: how does this activity help me meet my goals?

This does not mean I will stop helping people for free from time to time. It doesn’t mean I’m going to give up television altogether. But, it does make me sit and think a bit on how I’m using my time and how it helps meet my goals.

So, the next time you feel overwhelmed, ask yourself if you’re just selling watermelons for $1. If you are, change what you’re doing or increase your asking price.

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay


Are you concerned that 2021 might be more difficult than 2020–the vaccine can make things more complicated for HR, not less. Join me for these upcoming webinars:

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Here Are the 8 Policies Smart Companies Will Keep in 2021

by Evil HR Lady on January 13, 2021

Businesses had many, many headaches in 2020–as did all their employees. From new laws to shutdowns, protests, and illness and death, every company and every employee had new challenges last year.

As such, your company adopted new policies. (With changing laws, you had to adopt at least some changes in 2020 or face the wrath of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor (DOL), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).)

Some things have already been walked back (FFCRA’s “extension” is purely voluntary now), and some things have been forgotten. But, here are eight policies you should keep–even if the vaccine stops the pandemic in its tracks.

To keep reading, click here: Here Are the 8 Policies Smart Companies Will Keep in 2021


The Real HR Show: Protesting and Emotions

by Evil HR Lady on January 12, 2021

The article we reference is here: What to Do If a Capitol Hill Rioter Also Happens to Be an Employee?

And the list of state laws is here: Retaliation for Political Activity


I’m a procrastinator, through and through. My most significant feat as such was as an undergraduate student, when I went to the library at 6:00 pm to start research on a paper. But, I turned it in at 9:00 am the next morning and got an A—gold star for procrastinators everywhere. 

For many employees, procrastination delivers results and they see no need to change their ways. Planners have different management styles as leaders, and as employees, planners have different work ethics. As students, this group of individuals would have written this same paper in a different fashion, dutifully dedicating a little time every day to chip away at the assignment. At work, these are the employees with daily to-do lists and highly organized calendars. For them, this works. 

Most People Will Tell You Not to Procrastinate

However, as an inveterate procrastinator, I can tell you that there have been so many tasks I avoided altogether because the need for the assignment simply went away before the deadline. Consider this scenario:

To keep reading, click here: Procrastinators and Planners Unite For a Better Work Experience


This week’s protest, which led to an invasion of the US Capitol Building, was something that the world watched in horror. How much more horrifying would it be if you recognized someone climbing the Capitol wall or ripping something out of a congressional chamber–and that person was your employee?

Can you fire someone for that?

Well, maybe. 

Suspend and investigate

You may think you have all the information you need with a snapshot you saw on Instagram. You might. But, it doesn’t hurt to suspend first while you conduct a thorough investigation. 

To keep reading, click here: What to Do If Capitol Hill Rioter Also Happens to Be an Employee


Here Is What Micromanagement Looks Like

by Evil HR Lady on January 7, 2021

Almost no one would admit to being a micromanager. They are just “detail-oriented” or focused on getting things “perfect.” While these phrases sound much better than “I like to nit-pick my employees’ work!” your employees see through it. 

Leadership coach and speaker Sarah Noll Wilson tweeted the following:

And she got great responses that give insight into exactly what micromanagers do.

For example:

To keep reading, click here: Here Is What Micromanagement Looks Like


Reimagining Performance Management for 2021 and Beyond

by Evil HR Lady on January 6, 2021

I love performance appraisals. I hate performance appraisals. These two things actually fit perfectly well together, depending on my role in an organization.

As an employee, I find them tedious, and the feedback feels forced (because let’s face it, it often is forced). As a manager, I hate writing them. I have to fit feedback into grids and categories chosen for the entire company, which may or may not work well with my team. All in all, the process, in most cases, is awful.

As an HR person, I love them. Why? Because I have nice documented evidence of where every employee stands. When it comes time to promote someone, I can pull out these reviews to decide who gets moved up. If I’m ever called into court to testify as to why John Doe got the promotion over Jane Roe, I can pull out these reviews and point to them.

To keep reading, click here: Reimagining Performance Management for 2021 and Beyond


The Real HR Show: It’s 2021 and Election Results

by Evil HR Lady on January 5, 2021

What’s going to change for HR people when Biden takes over? What happens if Trump manages to get the 12th amendment invoked and pulls out a late win?

This is not a political post–we don’t do politics on the Real HR Show, but we do talk about how political changes will affect your day to day HR.

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