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Video: Here’s the Only Way to Stop a Bully Boss from Giving a Bad Reference

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Is your bully boss keeping you under his or her thumb by giving you bad references, so that you can't escape?  Or have you escaped the abusive boss, only to find he is still trying to ruin your life by giving you bad references? Here is the one and only way to force the boss to stop sticking their mean words into your hopes and plans to move on.  It's simple, and I event give you a letter template to use.  Just watch the video (which gets right to the point).   If your story sounds at all similar, be sure to get my FREE "7-Secrets of Work Law" e-mail course. Learn how to fight back against a bully boss. Primary Email   Your email will never be shared, sold or revealed. If you need all the help you can get right NOW, then get my book, Work Laws … [Read more...]

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New Video: The One Real Key To Getting Unemployment Benefits

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This video explains the one true key to making sure that you get unemployment benefits. If you applied for unemployment benefits and you were turned down, then this is the key concept that you must understand. It simply is not true that if you get fired you WILL get unemployment. Another myth is that if you resign you will not get unemployment. Watch this video and find out how unemployment benefits decision are really made. If your story sounds at all similar, be sure to get my FREE "7-Secrets of Work Law" e-mail course. Learn how to fight back against a bully boss. Primary Email   Your email will never be shared, sold or revealed. If you need all the help you can get right NOW, then get my book, Work Laws Exposed and you will receive the full power … [Read more...]

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Free iPhone App For Documenting Your Wage Claim

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A neat little new app for Smartphones – brought to you by our friends at the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division – lets employees independently track their work, break and overtime hours. It’s currently compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch, and updates are being planned for other Smartphone platforms. What is it and why should I get it? The DOL’s Timesheet App for Smartphones was released in May. Employees can use it to keep track of the hours they work. According to the DOL, “this new technology is significant because, instead of relying on their employers’ records, workers can now keep their own records.” Employers are required by the Fair Labor Standards Act to maintain records of their employees’ hours, but – ultimately - who owns those records? Yep - the … [Read more...]

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How To Document a Hostile Work Environment

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Visitors to the Forum and the Academy know that regular posters like Littlelulu, msliberated, Curt and I are always harping on the importance of DOCUMENTATION. And folks have asked: “What does that mean?” This article is going to give you the nuts and bolts of documentation, so you can protect yourself from any rogue activity that your employer or supervisor may engage in. By “rogue activity”, I mean your employer manufacturing documents and supposed incidents that occurred. It would help, I think, to start with the Dictionary definition. From my Webster’s Dictionary, “Documentation” means “the act or an instance of furnishing or authenticating with documents.” What’s a “Document”? As a Noun (a thing), a Document is “…an original or official paper relied on as the basis, proof, or … [Read more...]

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How To Request Job Accommodations From Your Boss By Using the ADA

By Mary, The Undercover HR Director ("OnYourSide" in the Forums) The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities. For all the kicking and screaming by employers about making accommodations, you’d think accommodations cost them millions of dollars – but it’s not true! Accommodations for people with disabilities are usually extremely low or even no cost. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) conducted a study recently that showed as many as 56 percent of workplace accommodations cost NOTHING. Of those accommodations that did have a cost, the average one-time cost was $600. What other kind of investment could an employer make in their employees that would buy them so much goodwill? What conditions … [Read more...]

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More Insider HR Tips: What Are HR Pros Saying About You?

HR Knicker Twisters, by Mary The Undercover HR Director ("OnYourSide") in the forums Welcome to my second article! I’ll be writing articles periodically when I have news to share with you or an opinion on current events. I hope you had a chance to read my first article. I promised to share with you some “HR Knicker Twisters” gleaned from the recent SHRM® 2010 Annual Conference and Exposition that I attended in San Diego, California. Californians: you have a seriously gorgeous state. I can see why California is in such danger of earthquakes. There must be so many jealous transplants from other states weighing it down that if a really big earthquake happened California would just crack off and drop into the Pacific. As your intrepid Undercover HR Director, I attended the SHRM® … [Read more...]

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Insider H.R. Tips From SHRM, The Biggest H.R. Conference in the Country

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Inaugural Article By Mary, the Undercover HR Director ("On Your Side" in the Forums"): I’ll be writing articles periodically when I have news to share with you or an opinion on current events.  I recently returned from The SHRM® 2010 Annual Conference and Exposition, held in beautiful San Diego, California. I thought you might like some insight into what those dastardly Human Resource folks are cooking up. I attended the Conference in my “day job” capacity as a Human Resources professional, and as your Undercover HR Director.  But first – a question: What do you call one hundred HR professionals on the bottom of San Diego Bay? A good start! No, wait – that’s lawyers. Lawyers on the bottom of San Diego Bay! (Apologies to Curt) A little background: SHRM® stands for Society for Human … [Read more...]

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The Abusive Boss Who Got Sued For “Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress”

Have you felt emotional distress at work because of the abusive way your boss treats you? Many of the people who contact me for help in dealing with a bully boss feel this way, and they want to sue their boss in court for all the workplace abuse he or she has inflicted. When someone like this tells me they want to sue, the first thing they say is that their boss caused “a hostile work environment.” (If you still think you can sue for a hostile work environment, you need to sign up for my 7 Free Work Law Secrets Email Course). The second thing people want to sue for is “intentional infliction of emotional distress.” This also rarely works, and I don't advise pursuing it, but... ...but a women named Gina Strong in Washington State recently has some success suing her boss for negligent … [Read more...]

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Employment Law Academy Logo

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I wanted to post a copy of the new logo for the Employment Law Academy, just to let everyone know that, yes, progress is being made! You may also notice that the tag line "Join the Resistance" came straight from a forum member's comment, which was something like "it feels like we all belong to the Resistance." Let me know what you think of it! … [Read more...]

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Does Your Abusive Boss Keep Notes About You Outside Your Personnel File?

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Today's post is an excellent question I received in the Undercover Lawyer Forum: Question: I have copies of my personnel file from HR.  I am hearing from co-workers that the head honcho has files on employees in her office-presumably all of the "bad" stuff. I suppose it is legal for her to have these files. Are they admissable as evidence in proceedings?  My personal documentation is admissible; is this considered her personal documentation? Answer: One thing many employers often get wrong is what a "personnel file" is.  They think if an employee requests a copy of the personnel file, the employee only gets what is kept in a folder with "employee's name" marked on it, and which is kept in a file drawer along with a bunch of other employees' files. Many employers mistakenly believe … [Read more...]