If you’re a non-profit, then it’s usually no problem to have unpaid interns. But, if you’re out to make a buck or two, unpaid interns can end up costing you a boatload of money, time, and stress. Labor and Employment Law attorney at Pepper HamiltonSusan Lessack, explained what really happens when a current or former intern hires a lawyer and makes a claim that they were illegally unpaid.

To keep reading, click here: The Nightmare That Awaits If You Do Not Pay Your Interns


“I stereotype. It’s faster.” So said George Clooney’s character in Up in the Air, and so do all of us.

I just heard a collective gasp from my readers. “Oh, I don’t do stereotypes. I consider each person as an individual!” Liar. We can’t possibly get through life without stereotyping, which is actually just making assumptions based on our past experiences. Clooney’s character used stereotyping to his advantage to get through airport security lines faster. You do it when you’re hiring (as well as picking your airport security line).

Yep. You make judgments not based not on in-depth interviews with each person who applies for a job, but by looking at a resume and judging, from your past experiences with other people who are similar. How do I  know this? Well, for one, it’s easier to get hired when you have a job than when you don’t have a job because many recruiters and hiring managers alike assume that all unemployed people must have done something wrong to be in that state. That? A stereotype.

To keep reading, click here: Your Religion Shouldn’t Be On Your Resume (Unless You’re Jewish)


How to keep your college grad from boomeranging

by Evil HR Lady on June 26, 2014

You probably know someone like this, who went off to college and instead of going out into the wide world after graduation, ended up back with the parents. It’s a sad reality for many people who thought that a college degree would be their ticket to the top.

And for parents, who looked forward to their empty-nest years, it can be a strain to not only have your “kids” back in the house, but now as adults over whom you hold no legal authority and may struggle to get to follow family rules. This can be especially difficult in terms of curfews, overnight guests and who does the laundry.

So, what can you do to ensure that your new high school grad doesn’t come boomeranging back to you in four years? Here are some helpful hints.

To keep reading, click here: How to keep your college grad from bommeranging


You’re the boss. It’s your business, so you can do what you want, right? Well, technically, yes, as long as it’s not violating any laws. But just because you can do something, it doesn’t mean you should do something. Here are 5 things you need to stop doing, even though they are legal.

1. Conducting the background check after bringing someone on board. This seems to be more and more popular. Don’t bother about that pesky paperwork; just get someone started. After all, time is money, right? In the past week, I’ve received two emails from people who accepted new jobs, started those new jobs, and then got fired within the week because they didn’t pass the reference check. Talk about wasting time and money. You do have to pay those people for working, so no money saved.

To keep reading, click here: 5 Things You Need to Stop Doing to Your Employees Right Now


Are you walking past money trees?

by Evil HR Lady on June 23, 2014

If there was money hanging off a tree, you’d be sure to stop and grab it, right? After all, free money is awesome. However, researchers found that when they hung dollar bills off a low hanging tree branch, most people didn’t appear to even see it. Except, they did “see” it, because the researchers chose a branch that hung so low over the sidewalk that people had to move out of the way to avoid running into it. Only 12 out of 396 people bumped into the tree, which means the others were aware of branch.

But, they didn’t see the money. If we can miss money that is literally hanging in front of our eyes, what else are we missing?

To keep reading, click here: Are you walking past money trees?


Spam Apologies

by Evil HR Lady on June 23, 2014

My spam filter is not working at the moment, so my blog has been overrun with people just dying to know what platform I’m using because my blog loads so much faster than their’s does! Sigh.

I’ve just added a second spam filter so hopefully the spam inundation will stop. However, I had to go through and clean out about a billion (<–exaggeration) spam comments. If I accidentally deleted your real comment, it’s not that I don’t love you (I do!) it’s just that I made a mistake.

Please accept my sincere apologies and don’t put it in my permanent record.


When Hard Rock Cafe wanted to open a new restaurant in Florence, Italy, they had no existing restaurants to draw staff from, which means they were hiring from scratch. Everyone from manager to busboys had to be sourced, interviewed, hired, and trained. Plus, Hard Rock Cafe wanted to make sure they had customers as soon as they opened. Oh, and they needed everyone hired in 30 days. The task sounds pretty impossible.

It’s hard enough when you’re hiring just one or two people, and the 30-day deadline is difficult to reach even then. But, they did it, using Work4, a social media based hiring system.

Work4 CEO and founder Stéphane Le Viet developed a system that takes advantage of a company’s already established network. Here’s how it works:

to keep reading, click here: Hard Rock Cafe Hired 12 People in 30 Days Using Facebook (And You Can Too)


The perils of working for a family owned business

by Evil HR Lady on June 20, 2014

Family owned businesses are big business in the United States. While some are the stereotypical “Mom & Pop” store, others are Fortune 500 companies. In fact, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re working for a family owned business. According to the Conway Center for Family Business, family owned businesses account for 6o percent of U.S. employment.

So, what do you do when the boss’s relatives show up and make your life miserable? Now, it isn’t likely that your job as a cashier at family owned Walmart is going to be plagued by repeated visits from Walton family relatives, but it is likely that if you work for a small family owned business that the family will be a part of your life.

I received an email from an employee whose boss decided she needed coaching. This is a normal thing for a boss to do, and actually, it would be great if more bosses would be willing to provide coaching to struggling employees. The only problem was, this boss knew the perfect coach — his wife. This “coach” came in, demanded attention, refused to listen (a critical skill of true business coaches) and went running to her husband to complain about the employee.

To keep reading, click here: The perils of working for a family owned business


How to achieve the American Dream

by Evil HR Lady on June 19, 2014

Six out of 10 Americans believe the American dream is dead according to a recent poll. And lots of people are talking about how terrible that is. But, what I haven’t seen addressed is that 4 out of 10 Americans believe the American dream is not dead — that it is, in fact, still alive and kicking. And furthermore, although the poll doesn’t tell me one way or the other, I suspect that a good deal of those 4 out of 10 not only believe it’s possible to succeed and be better off than one’s parents, but have done precisely that.

Personally, I like to be on the side of positivity. After all, if you figure the game is impossible to win, you won’t try as hard to do so.

To keep reading, click here: How to achieve the American Dream

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A job before training even starts? It’s possible

by Evil HR Lady on June 18, 2014

For many young job-seekers, the usual order of things is that you enroll in school, and sometime when you are close to finishing you start looking for a job. But Work America is trying to change.

The startup aims to help unemployed, “under-qualified” people find a job. Formed in 2013, the firm is now working with people to get a job as a trucker or in a call center even before they get training. Work America’s website says:

To keep reading, click here: A job before training even starts? It’s possible

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