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update: my employee secretly brought her kids to work and forced a coworker to watch them

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Remember the letter-writer earlier this year who inherited an employee, Mary, who had secretly brought her kids to work and forced an admin to watch them? Here’s the update.

I spoke to the admin before she left the company and she provided a schedule of when she had to watch the kids. I compared that to old timesheets that I convinced Finance to give me (more on that later) and confirmed that timecard fraud had occurred. Mary did not clock out when driving her kids to school. Thank you to the readers who pointed this out! Even after hearing this, my manager pushed for me to “rehabilitate” Mary and said that what was done was done and warned me that I was not allowed to fire Mary.

I decided if I couldn’t fire her, I’d lay her off. I assessed the drop in support requests from other departments since this drama unfolded and people stopped wanting to work with her, and found that we had a 82% reduction! Based on that, I started paperwork to lay Mary off due to lack of work in this position. When I presented the data, my boss still said we had to keep her but the COO (who has taken over since the CFO was put on sabbatical) agreed it was the right decision. Within two months of my letter, Mary was gone.

Back to the timesheet issue. When I was justifying Mary’s layoff to the COO and my boss, my boss vehemently disagreed with the decision and said that one issue wasn’t enough. Off the cuff, I mentioned the timecard fraud. The COO investigated after Mary had been laid off and determined that she should have been fired.

Because I accessed “private documents” from Finance, I was fired. (I was told by the finance manager that I have access to her current timesheets as her manager, but her past timesheets were “private.” I told him that was ridiculous and to give them to me anyway. I guess it’s a company policy because when I was fired, the COO specifically said the same policy.)

Because my boss tried to cover up the timecard fraud, he was fired.

After you ran my letter, I investigated the room the kids were hidden in. It’s a small back room we use to store extra furniture and the janitor’s cleaning chemicals (!). The room smells like pine sol and bleach even when the door is open and has no ventilation system or windows. It’s far from the bathroom and the youngest was still in diapers. Frankly, I don’t think this room is safe for kids and I don’t want to mother-blame or anything, but who would leave their kids here for 2-5 hours a week?! The only thing to recommend it is the fact that it’s by the back door no one uses (because the dumpster partially blocks the walkway to that door), which is how Mary was able to get her kids in and out with no one the wiser.

update: my employee secretly brought her kids to work and forced a coworker to watch them was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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Courtney
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1) this was a RIDE
2) orgs that have no flexibility for working moms make me want to set something on fire
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jhamill
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I really dislike the work comes first attitude that corporate America has. Especially when the party devoted to corporate America (in their rhetoric at least) is also the party devoted to "family values".
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Elizabeth Warren Just Eviscerated the Wells Fargo CEO

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The Senate Banking Committee conducted a hearing Tuesday about the massive scandal currently engulfing Wells Fargo. The word "fraud" was used repeatedly by senators on both sides of the aisle when describing the bank's creation of millions of unauthorized bank and credit card accounts for existing customers.

Fallout from the account scandal continues to pile up. The bank is also facing an investigation by the House Financial Services Committee, subpoenas from the Department of Justice, and at least one potential class-action class action lawsuit.

First up at Tuesday's Senate hearing was Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf, who was grilled by the committee for almost three hours.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren—a longtime long-time advocate for more stringent regulation of Wall Street—tore into Stumpf, describingthe unauthorized accounts as a "massive, yearslong years-long scam." She asked Stumpf what he has done to take responsibility for his bank's actions. "You have said repeatedly, repeatedly 'I am accountable,'" she said. "But what have you done to actually hold yourself accountable? Have you resigned?"

Stumpf avoided answering the question directly, prompting Warren to repeat her question, her voice rising, at least three times. Finally, an exasperated Warren said, "I'll take that as a 'no.'"

Warren proceeded to pummel Stumpf with more questions. "Have you returned one nickel of the money you earned while this scam was going on?" she asked. Stumpf evaded the question several times. (Stumpf Stumpf, stumbling, said the unauthorized accounts weren't a scam and answered the question directly only after Warren repeated the question. "No," Stumpf said. Stumpf said earlier in the hearing that he earned $19.3 million last year.) Finally, an exasperated Warren said, "I'll take that as a 'no.'" year.

She then asked if he'd fired any members of his senior management. Stumpf initially began by describing the firing of regional branch managers, but Warren stopped him, emphasizing that her question was not about low-level leadership but about the people at the top. Again, Stumpf's answer was no.

When Warren asked Stumpf if he knew how much the value of his bank's stock had gone up over the time that the unauthorized accounts were created and maintained, Stumpf replied the information was in the public record. "You're right, it is all in the public records," Warren said, "because I looked it up." She continued: "While this scam was going on, you personally held an average of 6.75 million shares of Wells stock." The share price went up by about $30 in that time frame, Warren pointed out, "which comes out to more than $200 million in gains, all for you personally."

Warren ended her speech by calling on Stumpf to resign and for both the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate the CEO. Here's an excerpt of her speech:

You know, here's what really gets me about this, this Mr. Stumpf. If one of your tellers took a handful of $20 bills out of the cash drawer, they'd probably be looking at criminal charges for theft. They could end up in prison. But you squeezed your employees to the breaking point so they would cheat customers and you could drive up the value of your stock and put hundreds of millions of dollars in your own pocket. And when it all blew up, you kept your job, you kept your multimillion-dollar multimillion dollar bonuses, and you went on television to blame thousands of $12-an-hour $12-and-hour employees who were just trying to meet cross-sell quotas that made you rich. This is about accountability. You should resign. You should give back the money that you took while this scam was going on, and you should be criminally investigated.

You can watch Warren's full questioning above.

This post has been revised.

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yournewfriendshouse: kipplekipple: When we talk about being fat-positive and we say, “weight is...

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yournewfriendshouse:

kipplekipple:

When we talk about being fat-positive and we say, “weight is not an indication of health,” I will reblog it. But I want us to also say, “health is not an indication of value.”

I could be at any weight and I will never be healthy, because I am chronically ill. Someone might be chronically ill and fat, or they might be chronically ill and not fat, and it really doesn’t matter.

When you make it about health, you’re saying health is the pinnacle of human achievement, and you’re shitting on those of us for whom health will always be a pipe dream.

Health as status is such a thing hey.

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Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat

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Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat
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California
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Yup.
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Powerful read.
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128 Ready-Made Frames to Get You ‘Gallery Wall Ready’

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I’ve wanted to do this post FOREVER. I love to custom-framed art (the above GIF is from a sponsored post we did with Framebridgewho do lovely and very easy custom framed options for your art), art) but I love even more less expensive ready-made frames when you are able to do it and your art allows for it. My theory is if it’s a standard size then get a ready-made readymade frame unless it’s something super special that you want to invest in. I typically only get a custom frame when I can’t find a good ready-made inexpensive one that works with the style of the piece or if it’s an antique that needs a more traditional style frame (which is way harder to find beautiful versions of that are ready-made).

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We all know that Ikea, Target, West Elm, Elm and CB2 have great readymade frames but we’ve gone ahead and found 128 of our favorite specific frames from many different sources for your shopping ease (many of which we constantly use in clients homes and shoots). It’s a hard one to round up because we haven’t seen every single one of these frames in person and many of them look alike in the roundups, but we wanted to give you a lot of options – so click through and find what works best for you. Some quick tips about using readymade frames:

1. Right now we are into thinner frames even on large pieces. Sure, structurally they need to work, but chunky frames are less in right now, so less is more in this instance.

2. Don’t be too worried if the tone or cut out of the matte doesn’t work with your piece – we get custom mattes cut all the time for under $20 (even cheaper sometimes depending on the size of the frame) and it makes it look so much more high end.

3. While we did put some poster frames at the end for large scale pieces, I highly recommend the Ribba frame from IKEA with custom mattes to fit your art rather than a poster frames, unless it is indeed a poster and needs something that large.

4. For a custom size, canvas, or float mount – or if you want someone else to frame your piece for you (which could definitely look better and can be much easier if you are doing a lot of pieces) we use Framebridge for all of our framing needs (and LOVE them) but we also know that Simply Framed is great, too.

Now, off you go…

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1. Ikea Ribba Black| 2. Ikea Mossebo White| 3. Ikea Ribba High Gloss Gray| 4. Ikea Gunnabo Black| 5. Ikea Virserum Dark Brown| 6. Ikea Silverhojden| 7. Ikea Gunnabo Brown| 8. Ikea Fiskbo White

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9.  West Elm Weathered Wood| 10.  West Elm Polished Brass Gallery Frame| 11.  West Elm Antique Silver Gallery Frame| 12.  Pottery Barn Wood Gallery Frame| 13.  West Elm White Gallery Frame| 14.  West Elm Black Gallery Frame| 15.  West Elm Thin Bamboo| 16. West Elm Polished Nickel Gallery Frame

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17.  Ikea Ribba Black| 18.  West Elm Gallery Frame| 19.  West Elm Polished Brass Gallery Frame| 20.  Ikea Silverhojden Silver| 21.  West Elm Bamboo Gallery Frame| 22.  Ikea Virserum Dark Brown| 23.  Restoration Hardware Weathered Oak White| 24.  Ikea Fiskbo Black| 25. Ikea Stromby Silver Frame| 26.  Ikea Ribba High Gloss Gray| 27.  Restoration Hardware Antique Nailhead Frame| 28.  Restoration Hardware Antique Zinc Nailhead Frame| 29.  Target Nantucket Detail Frame| 30.  Restoration Hardware Gilt Frame Gold| 31.  Ikea Gunnabo Black| 32.  Ikea Mossebo White| 33.  Wayfair Metal Frame, Gold| 34.  West Elm Gallery Frame Black| 35.  West Elm Gallery Frame Polished Nickel| 36.  Restoration hardware Black Metal Frame| 37.  Ikea Ribba White| 38.  Wayfair Metal Frame, Black| 39.  Restoration Hardware Beaded Fillet Frame| 40.  West Elm Gallery Frame, Antique Silver| 41.  Restoration Hardware Black and Gold Gallery Frame| 42.  West Elm Gallery Frame, Weathered Wood| 43.  Ikea Marietorp Black| 44.  Ikea Fiskbo White| 45.  Wayfair Metal Frame, Silver| 46.  Ikea Gunnabo Brown| 47.  Michaels Flat Frame, White| 48.  Restoration Hardware Weathered Oak

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49.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Black Matte| 50.  CB2 Gallery Brushed Silver| 51.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Natural Wood | 52.  Overstock Barnwood Grey| 53.  Michaels Belmont White| 54.  Overstock Barnwood Rustic Black | 55.  Overstock Economy Cherry Frame 56.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Silver Matte | 57.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, White Matte | 58.  Overstock Economy Honey Frame 59.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Black Wood | 60.  Overstock Barnwood Rustic Brown | 61.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Walnut Wood | 62.  Overstock Barnwood Whitewash | 63.  Overstock Economy Black Frame64.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, White Wood

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65.  Ikea Ribba Black| 66.  Ikea Mossebo White| 67.  Overstock Barnwood Whitewash| 68.  Ikea Ribba High Gloss Grey | 69.  Overstock Barnwood Rustic Brown | 70.  Ikea Silverhojden | 71.  Ikea Marietorp Black | 72.  Overstock Rayne White Washed Antique| 73.  Ikea Gunnabo Black | 74.  Overstock Barnwood Grey | 75.  Ikea Stromby Silver| 76.  Ikea Virserum Frame – Dark Brown| 77.  Overstock Architect – Honey | 78.  Ikea Ribba White| 79.  Ikea Gunnabo Brown| 80.  Overstock Architect – Black

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81.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, White Matte| 82.  Ikea Ribba High Gloss Grey | 83.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Black Wood | 84.  Ikea Virserum Dark Brown | 85.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Walnut Wood | 86.  West Elm Gallery Frame, Antique Silver | 87.  Ikea Ribba White | 88.  Pottery Barn Eliza Gilt Frame 89.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Black Matte | 90.  Ikea Stromby Silver | 91.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Natural Wood| 92.  Crate & Barrel Matte Black Frame 93.  Crate & Barrel Matte Brown Frame 94.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, White Wood | 95.  CB2 Gallery Walnut Frame 96.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Silver Matte

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97.  Ikea Gunnabo Brown | 98.  Overstock Verona Narrow Frame, Gold | 99.  Ikea Ribba White | 100.  Michaels Black Barnwood Frame 101.  Overstock Architect Frame, Honey | 102.  Ikea Mossebo White | 103.  Overstock Architect Frame, Dark Walnut | 104.  Ikea Virserum Dark Brown| 105.  Ikea Ribba Black | 106.  Ikea Stromby Silver | 107.  Ikea Gunnabo Black | 108.  Ikea Silverhojden Silver | 109.  Michaels Belmont Frame, White | 110. Target Poster Frame, Black | 111.  A.I.Friedman Mod Gold Metal Frame| 112.  Ikea Marietorp Black | 113. Overstock Verona Narrow Frame, Black | 114.  Overstock White Washed Antique Frame115.  A.I.Friedman Black Metal Poster Frame 116.  A.I.Friedman Natural Frame

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117.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Black Wood| 118.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Silver Matte| 119.  Overstock Poly Posterframe, Black| 120.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, White Matte | 121.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Natural Wood | 122.  Overstock Black Poster Frame 123.  Overstock White Washed Antique Frame 124.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Walnut Wood | 125.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, Black Matte | 126.  Overstock Poly Posterframe, White | 127.  Pottery Barn Ridge Distressed Frame, Black | 128.  Urban Outfitters Art Print Frame, White Wood

You inspired to get all that old art framed now? We would love to hear which frames have worked for you in the past if you have tried any of these – let us know below.

Need more help with that gallery wall or art you need to hang? Check these out: The Guide to a Well Hung Gallery Wall, How To Hang Art Correctly, How To Create A Focal Wall, How To Choose, Frame, and Hang An Art Collection, Best Online Art Resources.

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Frame your art
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Q&A Wednesday: I Hit My Goal, Now I Don’t Know What to Do!

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Q: I not only hit my goal, but I am 15lbs below it...and now I don't know what to do! I don't know what to focus on! I don't know how to handle the attention! Help!

The post Q&A Wednesday: I Hit My Goal, Now I Don’t Know What to Do! appeared first on A Black Girl's Guide To Weight Loss.

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I realize this isn't for everyone, but posts like this are why I still read this blog.
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