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  • Can my employer change my hours? (1/25/2021) Q:  My employer has continued to remain profitable thankfully.  We all have jobs despite seeing many jobs go away in 2020 and 2021.  I have a question though.  As we return to the workplace, slowly and safely, our employer is … Continued
  • Videoconferencing etiquette (1/18/2021) Q: I am working remotely for the foreseeable future.  My gripe is very much of a 2020-2021 gripe.  We have several weekly Zoom calls.  Many of my colleagues don’t show their faces, even though that is preferred by most.  I … Continued
  • When a student has to acquire leadership skills (12/28/2020)   Q: My son is a freshman at a liberal arts college in New England.  He is looking at internships, which list “demonstrated leadership skills” as a requirement.  My question is how does a freshman college student acquire leadership skills … Continued
  • Returning to the workplace in 2021 (12/21/2020) Q:  In early 2021 I expect that I will be asked to work from the office again.  I will admit my employer is very stringent about safety precautions and COVID-19 protocol.  However, I am nervous.  I know some of my … Continued
  • College, career and COVID (11/23/2020) Q:  My daughter was just accepted early decision to the school of her dreams (which shall remain nameless for the purposes of this column).  She is nervous about starting college in the middle of a pandemic.  With vaccines on the … Continued
  • Struggling with work during this pandemic? Read on. (11/16/2020) Q:  I am worried about my job.  I work for a large financial services company.  I am struggling with balancing work, remote learning for my kids and my household.  I feel like I have moved from an A performer to … Continued
  • Holiday celebrations in a COVID-19 world (11/9/2020) Q:  Every year, my company has a year-end holiday party.  Often times, it is at a restaurant or a hotel.  The company springs for dinner and a few drinks.  This year though, with COVID, we are struggling to find ways … Continued
  • COVID back in February? Can you submit a FFCRA request? (11/2/2020) Q:  I think I had COVID back in February, 2020.  I stayed home for a few days and felt better.  I took 3 PTO days.  Should I now be reimbursed for my PTO days and then contact my employer about … Continued
  • Hundreds of resumes sent out. Now what? (10/26/2020) Q: I was laid off in the spring.  I have applied to hundreds of jobs and have only heard back from a few.  I know times are tough but I seem to be having absolutely no luck.  Very few companies … Continued
  • Pre-pandemic performance issues – start over or continue? (10/19/2020) Q:  I put one of my employees on a warning back in January, 2020.  He was not performing and he was tardy a lot and had 3 absences in January.  Then, March, 2020 comes and we had to leave our … Continued