Valentine Day Archive: Losing out to a lover does not mean you were discriminated against

Valentine Day always sparks a blog post or two about office romances. Here is one I wrote in 2017.  Does a man, who does not get promoted or get an increase, because his boss gives them to his lover, have a claim for discrimination? According to one court, the answer is “NO”. The case Mr. …

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Paying a salary does not alleviate the need to pay overtime: Another case of "bad" HR

A company learned the hard way that paying an employee a salary does not remove the obligation to pay for overtime if the employee is entitled to it. A restaurant in Akron, Ohio found this out the hard way and it ended up costing them $118,354 in back wages and damages, paid out to 21 …

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Three Monday morning HR lessons: Learning from the bad judgment of others

Most of us have probably seen the quote “Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment”, a quote attributed to numerous people. The important thing to realize is that it does not always have to be your bad judgment that you learn from, you can learn from the bad judgment of others. …

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Another case of Stupid HR

Just a reminder this is not the HR function. This is about human resources actions done without thought. This happens in a small business on occasion and especially if a husband and wife work in the business together. The situation A chiropractor hired a woman to be a massage therapist for his chiropractic practice. She …

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An HR lesson in FBI Director Comey’s firing

Unless you have been at the bottom of the ocean or on Mars, you know that James Comey was fired by President Trump. Comey was the FBI Director and found out about his firing while on a trip. It was announced on TV and he saw it announced by a news station while making a …

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