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  • You're Fired!!!

    Author: Kathy Barany

    Can I fire this employee?  That is a question I frequently get, and my answer is always the same.  “Certainly; New York is an employment at will state.  But…”  It’s the “but” I want to address in this blog.  But, don’t assume that just because you fire someone by exercising… Read More

  • Harassment

    Author: Kathy Barany

    If you haven't been bombarded ad nauseam regarding sexual (and other) harassment in the workplace, please take the time to read this blog, for yet another opinion, and brief bit of advice. I have been conducting harassment prevention training and education sessions for decades, and oh what changes I have… Read More

  • First Impressions Do Count

    Author: Kathy Barany

    You only have one chance to make a first impression.  How many times have we heard that?  Yet how many times does an interviewer apply that philosophy?  Sad, but true, interviewers don't think about it.  They sometimes think they are doing the applicants a favor by interviewing them (and yes,… Read More

  • Paid Family Leave

    Author: Kathy Barany

    New York State Paid Family's coming.  I have mixed emotions about it, both from an individual's standpoint, and viewing it as an HR Consultant.  And then there is the standpoint of a business owner.  Before I give my professional and personal opinion on this, I think it is prudent… Read More

  • Recruiting & Interviewing Speed Bumps and Stop Signs

    Author: Kathy Barany

    In the March newsletter, I put out a request asking for people to share their frustrating recruiting experiences.  I received a variety of stories; some complicated, some simple, some frequently occurring.  I took some of the most commonly occurring stories, and have condensed them here.  I have also added some… Read More