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Two things you should know about me before you read this.

1. I absolutely believe in free speech. The government should never, ever punish anyone for voicing their opinion. You should be able to say whatever you want–even if it’s absolutely horrible–without fear of government reprisal. I will support you 100 percent in your quest to make a speech, hold a march, or even burn a flag.

2. I don’t care one whit about football and the NFL. I find government subsidies of football stadiums to be a horrendous thing and would never, ever vote in favor of such a subsidy. I find the NFL’s treatment of cheerleaders to border on criminal, and I don’t think they do enough to prevent brain injury. Would I say I have a positive view of the NFL? Absolutely not.

That out of the way, I support the NFL in their rule banning kneeling on the field during the National Anthem. Why? Because the players are at work.

To keep reading, click here: Why I Support the NFL’s Right to Ban Kneeling

The post Why I Support the NFL’s Right to Ban Kneeling appeared first on Evil HR Lady.

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Lean Cuisine launched a new hashtag campaign: #ItAll. The idea was part of a project they had done, asking women individually what they wanted, and then having them say what they wanted out of life when accompanied by a friend. The results were pretty good–89 percent of the women made more ambitious life choices when they were accompanied by a friend who supported them.

Here are their tweet and video:

Lean Cuisine has always supported women and their ambitions. What does having #ItAll mean to you? pic.twitter.com/75UByaawym

— Lean Cuisine (@LeanCuisine) May 23, 2018

So why did Twitter have a field day with them? Well, Twitter tends to have a field day with anyone who so much as breathes on Twitter, but here are some samples:

To keep reading, click here: Lean Cuisine Learns You Can’t Have It All, but You Can Get Laughed at on Twitter

The post Lean Cuisine Learns You Can’t Have It All, but You Can Get Laughed at on Twitter appeared first on Evil HR Lady.

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The GDPR is at our door, whether we’re ready or not—and an April poll showed a whopping 90 percent of businesses aren’t ready.

If you’re part of that 90 percent—or just plain wondering, “What the heck is GDPR?”—read on.

What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It’s a new set of privacy laws in the European Union (EU) made to protect its citizens’ and residents’ data. The regulation vastly expands people’s rights over their personal information and how it’s used.

The deadline for businesses to make sure their data practices comply is May 25, 2018.

So why should you care about GDPR if your business isn’t in Europe? Because if you have European customers of any sort, your business needs to follow the laws.

The GDPR website states the laws “will also apply to organizations located outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behavior of, EU data subjects.” In other words, any company that deals with “EU data subjects” has to abide by the new rules, regardless of where they are based. Those data subjects can include EU citizens and residents, but it could also could be interpreted to include non-residents visiting the EU.

To keep reading, click here: What Is GDPR? How the EU Law Will Affect US Small Businesses

The post What Is GDPR? How the EU Law Will Affect US Small Businesses appeared first on Evil HR Lady.

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My great-grandmother, Ethel Reynolds Smith, died in a mental hospital.

Her husband’s biography recorded her illness as follows:

“These down moods were cyclical, coming and going at irregular intervals and varying in their strength and duration. In time they came with greater frequency and intensity, causing deep feelings of depression and fear that so disturbed Ethel that she was unable to perform her daily tasks.”

“At other times her mind raced beyond control forcing her exhausted body to do more and more. Today, her condition would probably be diagnosed as a chemical imbalance. But in her day, they could only rely on prayer, priesthood blessings, and medical treatments that had no lasting relief. She died on August 26, 1937.”

I think about her often, and how grateful she would have been for medication that worked. Medication that many of her descendants (including me) take on a regular basis. People who take medication for mental health conditions shouldn’t start or stop these life-saving drugs without the advice of their doctors, but sometimes your company policies may encourage someone to stop.

To keep reading, click here: Mental Health Month at the Office: Fix Your Drug Testing Policies

The post Mental Health Month at the Office: Fix Your Drug Testing Policies appeared first on Evil HR Lady.

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Did you know that the HR executives at NBC had their offices in the middle of the newsroom staff–and those offices were glass?

How comfortable would you be, going to file a complaint about a co-worker if you had to do so in a glass office? If you were going to complain about sexual harassment from the company star, say, Matt Laurer, would you feel comfortable doing so in a glass office, where people could see you? 45 percent of us report crying at work, reports my Inc. Colleague, Heather R. Huhman. Might you feel like crying if you had to report something traumatic? Might you not want to do that in a glass office?

Might you be afraid of causing drama by reporting something? People see you walk in, cry, and walk out. They know something is up. Even if the HR manager pulled the blinds,  it’s all kinds of obvious.

But, here’s the deal. The reporting employee isn’t the cause of the drama. The harasser is. In this case, Matt Lauer caused the drama. But we don’t see that.

So many people (especially women) are afraid of causing drama so they keep their mouths shut when they would prefer to speak up.

To keep reading, click here:  The Victim Did Not Cause the Drama

The post The Victim Did Not Cause the Drama appeared first on Evil HR Lady.

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“I can’t afford to pay my employee overtime, so I made them salaried.”

I get this type of email from readers all the time. In every case, it’s a small (and often family-owned) business and the owner has no clue that you can’t just “decide” to make someone salaried.

Being a first-time manager ain’t easy. There are tons of employment laws and it’s pretty hard to memorize them all. Plus, managing people is just plain hard. How are you supposed to balance your employees’ needs with what’s truly best for your business?

That’s why business owners tend to make a lot of rookie missteps. Luckily, here are five mistakes you can easily avoid.

To keep reading, click here: I See Way Too Many Business Owners Make These 5 Management Mistakes

The post I See Way Too Many Business Owners Make These 5 Management Mistakes appeared first on Evil HR Lady.

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A friend of mine, the mother of six, just had a job interview. While she didn’t try to hide the fact that she had children, she also wasn’t planning to share that she had six of them. So, imagine her surprise when one of the interviewers said, “So you have six children. I’ve just read your CV and it was on there.”

It wasn’t. She believes the interviewer found out by speaking with a friend of hers who worked for the same company or by looking at her Facebook page. She has her privacy settings at an appropriate level, but her cover photo was a family picture–complete with all six children.

Her husband has a similar picture as his cover photo–albeit with five kids (pre-latest baby). He’s never, ever, not once been asked about family size in a job interview. And why should he? It’s not part of doing the job. It wasn’t part of the job my friend applied for, so why ask?

To keep reading, click here: Anti-Mom Bias is Real and Based in Reality

The post Anti-Mom Bias is Real and Based in Reality appeared first on Evil HR Lady.

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We all (well, 97 percent of us) know that making up rumors about someone’s sex life is not okay. But even still, 39 percent of employees have seen it happen—and six percent say they’ve participated, too.

People don’t just casually overhear inappropriate conversations—they tend to chime in. An older study suggests that 80 percent of what we talk about is in fact, gossip.

But gossip isn’t all bad. Sure, the gossip definition we’re used to involves exposing people’s private lives without offering any real value. While that type of gossip will hurt your small business, there’s also a kind that actually has positive effects.

Here are a couple ways to stop the bad kind of gossip from making a mess at your office—while letting the good kind flow.

To keep reading, click here: 97% of People Say This Is the Most Toxic Team Behavior

The post 97% of People Say This Is the Most Toxic Team Behavior appeared first on Evil HR Lady.

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect next week. Even if you don’t live in Europe or do business officially in Europe, you can find your life affected by these rules. Europe is very concerned about data and privacy and for consumers, that seems to be mostly a good thing.

If you do live or do business in Europe or with Europeans, you’re probably ready, but there’s one thing that can make all this work and all these regulations worthless: your employees.

Last week, Facebook fired an employee who bragged on Tinder about how he had violated privacy protocols to find out information about his intended date. Obviously, his intended love interest didn’t find this impressive and brought it to Facebook’s attention (as she should have.

To keep reading, click here: The Real Problem with Data Privacy Isn’t What You Think

The post The Real Problem with Data Privacy Isn’t What You Think appeared first on Evil HR Lady.

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We are a relatively small company of about 100 employees. We currently have only five reviews on Glassdoor—and three are negative! As the HR manager, this really bothers me and I’m afraid it could affect our recruiting in the future. What can I do to get people to write positive reviews? Can I require it of managers? Can I give people incentives to do it?

To read my answer, click here: Dear ReWorker: How Do I Get Rid Of Bad Glassdoor Reviews?

The post Dear ReWorker: How Do I Get Rid Of Bad Glassdoor Reviews? appeared first on Evil HR Lady.

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