Topic: HR Mistake of the Week

HR Mistake Of The Week: Firing A Woman For Being ‘Irresistible’

HR Mistake Of The Week: Firing A Woman For Being ‘Irresistible’

Pop quiz: What do you do if you’re married but you’re sexually attracted to someone who works for you?

A) Aggressively hit on the employee in the office.
B) Daydream occasionally but take no action, because you are an adult who can control yourself.
C) Fire the employee.

Now meet Iowa dentist James Knight, described by his lawyer as a “very religious and moral individual.” He went with option C, firing his assistant because she posed an “irresistible attraction.” Good news, though: It’s legal! More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: The Craziest, Most Demanding Job Description Of All Time

HR Mistake Of The Week: The Craziest, Most Demanding Job Description Of All Time

The Dalkey Archive Press is a small but influential book publisher in Illinois. The company is hiring several new staff members in its London office, and the job listing they wrote for these positions is being called “the worst job description ever” and “the world’s wackiest job listing.” Looking for a low-paying job that forbids you from having any personal or professional commitments outside the office. And don’t even think about attending a wedding in Rio, you hedonist slacker. More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: Outsourcing HR

HR Mistake Of The Week: Outsourcing HR

Call it the incredible shrinking HR department: As the New York Times’s Workstation column reported this week, HR departments are getting smaller and smaller, and many are even getting shipped overseas. Instead of popping by a well-staffed on-site office, many employees now have to call an 800 number to get help. And it’s not going to change any time soon. What does outsourcing HR mean for companies—and your job? More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: 4 Jerkwads Punishing Their Employees Because Obama Won

HR Mistake Of The Week: 4 Jerkwads Punishing Their Employees Because Obama Won

Last week in this space, I wrote about a guy known publicly as “Atlas Shrugged Guy,” who had vowed to fire his employees and shut down his business if President Obama won re-election. “Don’t be that guy,” I wrote, thinking that surely there could only be one “that guy” cruel and obnoxious enough to punish his own employees because the wrong guy won an election. Boy, was I wrong. More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: The Guy Who’s Firing All His Employees Because Obama Won

HR Mistake Of The Week: The Guy Who’s Firing All His Employees Because Obama Won

So it goes after every election, the losing side of Tuesday’s contests have had to eat a lot of crow this week. Conservative pollsters who predicted a Mitt Romney landslide had to admit they were way off. (“Nate Silver was right, and I was wrong,” one said yesterday.) Others just had to admit they were disappointed. And then there’s the guy who vowed to fire all his employees if President Obama won re-election. More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: Docking Employee Pay Because Of Hurricane Sandy

HR Mistake Of The Week: Docking Employee Pay Because Of Hurricane Sandy

Huge numbers of employees on the East Coast have spent most of this week working from home, or not working at all. More than three days after the storm hit, the New York City public transportation system is only beginning to return to functionality, so even employees whose homes and offices never lost power are finding it nearly impossible to make it in to work. This raises the question: Must employees be paid if their workplace is closed because of Hurricane Sandy? More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: 4 Bad Ways To Fire Somebody

HR Mistake Of The Week: 4 Bad Ways To Fire Somebody

There’s no fun way to fire an employee. (Well, OK, maybe if they’re a real jerk …) But there are smart, humane ways to do it. The Wall Street Journal compiles a brief, sensible list of tips for how to make an unpleasant situation less awful — and litigious — for everyone involved. Since this column is about “HR mistakes,” I’ll flip this into a list of what not to do. More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: Asking A Biracial Job Candidate, ‘What Are You?’

HR Mistake Of The Week: Asking A Biracial Job Candidate, 'What Are You?'

There are HR dilemmas that are complex. Then there are HR dilemmas that are, well, not even dilemmas — but apparently they’re still necessary to discuss. For example, if you’re interviewing a job candidate who happens to be biracial, should you ask her “Where are you from?” “Where were you born?” or “What are you?” That’s the question posed by a woman who wrote a letter to Slate’s advice column “Dear Prudence” today. More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: Disabled Bank Of America Employee Fired For Being One Minute Late

HR Mistake Of The Week: Disabled Bank Of America Employee Fired For Being One Minute Late

Last week in this space, we looked at a situation in which a Bank of America employee was fired for mooning his boss and telling him he hoped he never returned to the office. Verdict: Completely justified firing. This week, let’s look at the case of a Bank of America employee fired because his right hand, arm, and leg were disabled in an accident and he was told that accommodating him “wouldn’t be fair to people with two hands.” Verdict: Ummm, do you really need to ask? More »

HR Mistake Of The Week: Is Mooning One’s Boss A Fireable Offense?

HR Mistake Of The Week: Is Mooning One’s Boss A Fireable Offense?

Investment banker Jason Selch was furious. His company had merged with a subsidiary of Bank of America, and a colleague had been fired after resisting pressure to accept a lower salary in the wake of the merger. Instead of filing a complaint, or asking for a meeting with his boss, Selch did something bolder: He stormed into a conference room, dropped trou, and mooned two colleagues, including his new boss. More »