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“I Went On Med Leave and Now This…?!” Employee Unfriendly H.R.

Of the many questions I receive and respond to each week, I thought this one was particularly interesting because it shows how short-sighted and employee-unfriendly H.R. departments can be. A gentleman used medical leave for the first time in his twelve year career. He had to work with his doctor to adjust some medications; then he was set to return to work and continue in his twelfth year with the company without a single bad appraisal. "CAN I SCREAM DISCRIMINATION..." Suddenly and without warning he receives a letter from the Human Resources Department that states: "....if you will need accommodation(s) when you return, please contact the Office of Workplace Diversity before your return. They will assist you with that process......" The letter doesn't sound mean, but what … [Read more...]

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Bad News: No Home Sales = No Emergency Cash

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Why are people so concerned about their jobs right now?  Because they see the "For Sale" signs going up all around them -- and they know the reason is because these neighbors can't afford their mortgages any longer. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett said Friday the economy continues to be in a recession, by his definition, and will continue to be for at least several more months. (Full Article Here.) U.S. Fed Chief Ben Bernanke said Friday that "the financial storm that reached gale force" last year "has not yet subsided, and its effects on the broader economy are becoming apparent in the form of softening economic activity and rising unemployment," . (Full Article Here.) That certainly appears to be the case in my own neighborhood.  I live in a sub-division that was built five years … [Read more...]

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Podcast #4: Michelle + Dan = Retaliation

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Download PDF Transcript Michell and Dan began their working relationship as friends.  Dan supervised a group of 8 employees; 7 young men plus Michelle.  Michelle was only 21. Before work each morning, however, she had to drop off her young son at her mother's house.  As a result, Michelle often arrived between 5 and 15 minutes late. But Dan was sympathetic to Michelle's struggles as a single mom.  He was the only other person at work with children.  Plus, how could you not like Michelle?  She worked hard, she was cute, and she could talk "like one of the boys."  In fact, sometimes she made the boys blush! Yet, little voice in the back of Michelle's head kept telling her that the crude sex talk at work wasn't something to be proud of.  In fact, she admitted to herself that she … [Read more...]

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Do You Want Sundays Off Work?

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Do you want to have Sundays off? Does your job require that you work on some Sundays, or every Sunday, even though you would prefer not to? Now you can stay home from work on Sundays whether your boss wants to let you or not. But there is a catch: You have to tell your boss that you are going to stay home and watch TV. That’s right, a court recently ruled that an employer had to accommodate a worker who wanted to stay home from work on Sundays and watch TV – church TV. The worker, a woman named Kimberly Bloom from Pennsylvania, asked to be excused from her grocery store cashier position on Sundays for “religious reasons.” But she did not want the day off of work to go to church. She wanted the Sunday off so she could stay home and watch church on TV and spend time with family … [Read more...]