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  • Ontario Bill 148: Are you really prepared?
    On August 23, 2017, the Ontario Liberal Government met for the 1st reading of Ontario Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. There has been much concern in the public eye regarding the highlight of this act which states a 33% increase to minimum wage in just under 6 months. The post Ontario Bill 148: Are you really prepared? appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Pregnant temporary worker files human rights complaint after termination
    Many employers in Canada use temporary workers supplied by employment agencies so that they don’t have to have full time employees and the obligations associated with full time staff such as severance, benefit and other monetary entitlements. The post Pregnant temporary worker files human rights complaint after termination appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Is working notice appropriate while an employee is medically incapable of working?
    In the recent decision of McLeod v. 127448 Ontario Inc. the Court (once again) answered whether or not a Plaintiff, who was incapable of working when he received notice of termination, was entitled to damages representing a salary which he would have earned had he worked during his notice period. The post Is working notice appropriate while an employee is medically incapable of working? appeared f...
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  • Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk
    The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Ontario's plans to regulate and manage the sale of cannabis, pay raises in 2018 and workers living paycheque to paycheque. The post Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Entitlement to bereavement leave in Ontario
    How much paid bereavement leave is an hourly employee entitled to in Ontario? And what constitutes “evidence reasonable in the circumstances” to demonstrate entitlement to personal emergency leave? The post Entitlement to bereavement leave in Ontario appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Pink jobs vs. blue jobs: Sexism in the skilled trades
    In August 2017, the federal government launched a $73 million work-placement program for students through paid co-op opportunities in industries such as science, engineering and skilled trades. This is one of many examples of recent initiatives attempting to attract more people into the skilled trades. Both federal and provincial governments have acknowledged a shortage of workers in the trades an...
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  • Notice to TIFF attendees: Watch out for Canada’s immigration laws
    As in previous years, the Toronto International Film Festival (“TIFF”) is expected to receive thousands of visitors from around the World. However, many of these visitors are not aware that relatively minor offences can prevent them from entering Canada. The post Notice to TIFF attendees: Watch out for Canada’s immigration laws appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Dependent contractor receives 12 months pay in lieu of notice
    The recent Supreme Court decision of Glimhagen v. GWR Resources Inc., 2017 BCSC 761, illustrates how an independent contractor can become a dependent contractor – an intermediate category on the spectrum between employee and independent contractor. The post Dependent contractor receives 12 months pay in lieu of notice appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • An employer’s duty to inquire into mental illness
    Accommodating a mental illness does not only benefit the employee, but it also makes good business sense. Enabling employees with mental illness to access support can increase their productivity in the workplace. The post An employer’s duty to inquire into mental illness appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Update on express entry
    Since Express Entry began on January 1, 2015, it has been necessary for prospective permanent residents to first receive an Invitation to Apply (“ITA”) before submitting an application for permanent residence under one of the following categories: The post Update on express entry appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • How to create an organizational culture
    In our fast paced and ever changing world it is also important to avoid being locked into a single culture in a manner that does not allow for change. The best culture is the best culture at this time, but that doesn’t mean it will be the best culture tomorrow. The post How to create an organizational culture appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Parental obligations in the workplace
    For many of us who are parents, September feels like the real New Year. Workplace issues can arise with respect to shifting childcare obligations, as kids transition from summer schedules to school schedules. Employers may be met with requests to accommodate worker childcare obligations or requests for time off and should be prepared with respect to how to handle these issues both practically and ...
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  • Ontario’s employment and labour law reform Bill continues to undergo changes
    Just as the summer winds down, we have an update on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. Those who tuned-in for the McCarthy Tétrault webinars on Bill 148 will recall that public consultations were to be held across the province in July to elicit feedback on the draft Bill. The post Ontario’s employment and labour law reform Bill continues to undergo changes appeared first on Firs...
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  • Workplace politics of politics in the workplace
    I drove past a house flying a confederate flag last week and asked myself, “Could I live beside that person?” You can’t do anything about the politics of your neighbour, although you don’t have to invite him or her to your backyard BBQ. The workplace, however is another story. How does an employer deal with an employee’s unpopular politics? The post Workplace politics of politics in the workplace ...
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  • Labour Day is a global and national annual holiday
    Across Canada, Labour Day is a public holiday that is observed on the first Monday in September every year. This year, Labour Day is Monday September 4, 2017. Government bodies and agencies, as well as most businesses, are closed on Labour Day. The post Labour Day is a global and national annual holiday appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Update on probationary clauses from Ontario Court of Appeal
    Recently, the Ontario Court of Appeal affirmed that the probationary clause, which provided, simply, “Probation...six months”, was enforceable, and that the employee was not entitled to anything more than the one week of pay in lieu of notice of dismissal pursuant to the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”). The post Update on probationary clauses from Ontario Court of Appeal appeared f...
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  • WHMIS 2015 inspections starting October 1, 2017 – Are you ready?
    From October 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017, federal Hazardous Products Act Officers from several provincial or territorial occupational health and safety branches will be conducting WHMIS 2015 inspections with select employers and suppliers in federal, provincial and territorial jurisdictions workplaces to promote promote compliance with WHMIS 2015 requirements. The post WHMIS 2015 inspections star...
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  • Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk
    The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: how a Tribunal addressed disabled employee resignations, a criminal negligence charge against a worker and the long reach of Canadian civil liability for human rights impacts of foreign operations. The post Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • The challenge of organizational culture
    Culture has become a very contentious political issue in the past few weeks. However, discussions about culture have a very long history and always evoke very strong responses. This is because culture, “the way we do things”, is what distinguishes one group of people from the next. The post The challenge of organizational culture appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Sloan v. Just Energy Corporation: Pregnancy and fairness under the Code
    The Code protects employees from discrimination based on various protected grounds. One of the more difficult of these may be pregnancy, as often the question becomes not whether or not the applicant was pregnant, but rather when the employer became aware of the pregnancy, and whether or not the pregnancy was a factor in the employee’s termination. The post Sloan v. Just Energy Corporation: Pregna...
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  • A primer on undue hardship and frustration of contract
    This blog post provides a primer on the state of undue harship and frustration of contract under Ontario's Human Rights Code. The post A primer on undue hardship and frustration of contract appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • PeopleInsight’s top 5 blogs (so far) on workforce analytics
    PeopleInsight has pulled together their top five most popular blog posts this year (so far). From gaining a deeper understanding of the newest category in HR technology, to applying workforce analytics in the realm of Talent Acquisition for better recruiting, and hearing about one mid-sized companies own journey with DIY analytics, we’ve got a topic in the realm of workforce analytics for everyone...
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  • Summarizing WSIB’s proposed Rate Framework, part 3
    This blog is the final chapter of a three-part series which examines the fundamental proposed changes to WSIB’s method of business classification and application of premium rates. The post Summarizing WSIB’s proposed Rate Framework, part 3 appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Ontario Court of Appeal enforces simple probation clause
    Employers generally owe their employees common law reasonable notice upon termination without cause. However, as shown in a recent Ontario Court of Appeal case, Nagribianko v. Select Wine Merchants Ltd, if the parties agree to a probation period in an employment contract, the right to common law reasonable notice can be ousted if the employee is terminated within the probationary period. The post ...

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