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  • Cannabis in the workplace
    On April 13, Bill C-45 – An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, also known as the Cannabis Act – was introduced and read in the House of Commons. The post Cannabis in the workplace appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Le cannabis en milieu de travail
    Le 13 avril dernier, le projet de loi C-45 – soit la Loi concernant le cannabis et modifiant la Loi réglementant certaines drogues et autres substances, le Code criminel et d'autres lois ou la Loi sur le cannabis – fut déposé et lu à la Chambre des communes. La Loi sur le cannabis prévoit, entre autres, certaines modalités visant à légaliser et à réglementer la production et distribution du cannab...
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  • 7 ways to decrease negativity in a working environment
    Workplace negativity is an increasing problem in today’s society. Some say that this negativity is a result of the loss of control, confidence, or community of a workplace. The best way to combat workplace negativity is not to allow it to occur in the first place. Here are seven ways that your business can combat workplace negativity before it begins. The post 7 ways to decrease negativity in a wo...
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  • Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk
    The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: how an employee's decision to retrain affected his right to damages after termination, improvements to CRA services for small and medium businesses and union-friendly changes to the certification process included in Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. The post Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk appeared first on Firs...
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  • IRCC announces details of global skills strategy
    On June 12, 2017, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced details of its Global Skills Strategy. First announced in November 2016, the Global Skills Strategy is intended to help promote global investment in Canada and support the Government of Canada’s Innovation and Skills Plan. The post IRCC announces details of global skills strategy appeared first on First Reference Talks...
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  • Secret recordings in the workplace: a review of legal and practical consequences
    While it may be legal to surreptitiously record your own workplace conversations, it is another question altogether as to whether it is a good idea. Canadian courts have acknowledged time and again that trust is at the heart of the employment relationship. The post Secret recordings in the workplace: a review of legal and practical consequences appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Update: Ontario Liberals announce changes to labour law—and a $15 minimum wage
    While rumours of a $15 minimum wage have been swirling around since the past month, the announcement comes as part of the Ontario Liberal’s bigger campaign to protect vulnerable workers. The announcement also confirmed the rumours that annual vacation pay will be rising from two weeks to three weeks for employees that have worked at their jobs for at least five years. The post Update: Ontario Libe...
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  • Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk
    The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: workplace strategies where there is a risk of impairment from cannabis, how an employer’s suspicion alone was not enough to prove an allegation of sick leave abuse and how one employer dodged a penalty after failing to adhere to re-employment obligations. The post Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk appeared first on First Re...
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  • AODA update and compliance in the digital space
    Accessibility on the web isn’t something that necessarily comes to mind when we think about providing accessible services, but as our lives migrate more and more into the virtual space, making digital content accessible is a crucial part of building an inclusive society. The AODA drafters did not overlook this, and AODA does apply to digital content. The post AODA update and compliance in the digi...
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  • Don’t take a chance on it: The uncertainty of ESA-only termination clauses
    In January 2017, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released its decision in Cook v. Hatch upholding a less than perfect termination clause that failed to reference statutory severance pay or provide for continued health benefits during the statutory notice period. A month later, the Court of Appeal responded with its decision in Wood v. Fred Deeley Imports Ltd. where it overturned a motion jud...
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  • People analytics at work: Achieving objectives and realizing outcomes, part 3
    Committing to your analytics journey can be overwhelming. As you get started with your objectives and priorities, you may realize you need help pulling together the data. Don’t worry, that’s a common situation. It’s important to find an analytics partner who will work with you to make the data connections that matter, and evolve as your business needs change. The post People analytics at work: Ach...
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  • The damages formerly known as Wallace – Are they still relevant?
    It has been about eight years since the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Honda Canada v Keays, which dramatically altered the law with respect to damages relating to bad faith conduct in the course of dismissal. Is the topic still relevant? A recent Ontario decision confirms that it is. The post The damages formerly known as Wallace – Are they still relevant? appeared first on First Reference T...
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  • Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk
    The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: a repeal of an increase in OAS age of eligibility, an employer’s refusal to pay bonus not amounting to constructive dismissal and the determination that an employee’s cessation of LTD benefits couldn’t advance by way of action. The post Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Young workers: Staying safe at work
    With the summer months beginning this is the time when students are starting new jobs. These young workers and/or new workers are at a high risk for getting injured while at work. New workers are 3 times more likely to be injured during their first month than other, more experienced workers. In Ontario, according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, between 2009 and 2013, 30 youth workers ...
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  • Summarizing WSIB’s proposed Rate Framework
    One of the key goals of the proposed Preliminary Rate Framework is to implement a “streamlined and simpler classification structure”. The word “simpler” is key! The post Summarizing WSIB’s proposed Rate Framework appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Canada Day, statutory (public) holiday: Celebrating 150 years!
    Canada celebrates 150 years on July 1! In all provinces and territories, Canada Day is a statutory (public) holiday. This year, July 1 is a Saturday, a non-working day for most. Therefore, what day will employees have off work? The post Canada Day, statutory (public) holiday: Celebrating 150 years! appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Marijuana use remains cloudy
    As laws regarding marijuana continue to evolve, even now employers are faced with ongoing legal questions concerning medical marijuana use in the workplace. The post Marijuana use remains cloudy appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk
    The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: Supreme Court rules on drug-related dismissal; Harassment as an independent cause of action; and Server awarded damages for sexual harassment. The post Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk appeared first on First Reference Talks.
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  • Ontario takes on part-time employment
    In Minister Flynn’s address to the conference participants, it was evident that one of the objectives of Bill 148 was to discourage the growth of part-time employment at the expense of full-time employment by introducing a number of measures to reduce or eliminate any savings employers might achieve by hiring part-time employees rather than full-time employees. The post Ontario takes on part-time ...
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  • People analytics at work: Achieving objectives and realizing outcomes, part 2
    People analytics can be very exciting at the same time as daunting and overwhelming. That’s why we stress the importance of starting small and keeping a precise focus on areas of priorities.  With your objectives clearly defined, you will have a guide for the metrics, segmentation and analysis/insight phases of the framework. The post People analytics at work: Achieving objectives and realizing ou...
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  • Long-term construction employees may be entitled to reasonable notice of termination
    Generally, construction employees are not entitled to termination or severance pay under the Employment Standards Act (the “Act”). Section 1 of Ontario Regulation 288/01 of the Act explicitly exempts them from such minimum employment standards. However, a long-term construction employee may still be entitled to common law reasonable notice, which is much more lucrative than what the Act provides f...
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  • Celebrating Discovery Day in Newfoundland and Labrador
    In Newfoundland and Labrador, Discovery Day is celebrated on the nearest Monday to June 24. This year, Discovery Day falls on Monday, June 26, 2017. While Discovery Day is a paid holiday for government employees in the province, it is not a statutory (public) holiday under the Labour Standards Act. The post Celebrating Discovery Day in Newfoundland and Labrador appeared first on First Reference Ta...
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  • Information Technology PolicyPro
    Co-published with the CICA, Finance & Accounting PolicyPro contains the tools and resources to establish and maintain robust internal controls in the areas of finance, accounting, corporate governance, operations and marketing.

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