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Annoying is not a “capital offence”: the difference between irritating and incompatible: when is it okay to dismiss an employee for behavior in Canada?

Firing is, effectively, a “capital punishment” in terms of employment law. Before dismissing that annoying employee, ask yourself important questions. Does this employee’s infuriating behaviour rise to the level of a “capital offence?” Did it tangibly harm the business? Annoying, by itself, is not grounds for summary dismissal. You’ll likely …

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Why you need a “Chief Employee Experience Officer”: 80% of Canadian employees feel employer’s duty includes keeping them healthy

In a recent survey of Canadian Employees, nearly 80 per cent felt strongly that it is the employer’s obligation and duty to keep them healthy — both mental and physical health.[1] The survey, commissioned by Staples Inc, is not the first study to support the importance of employer health support …

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Research reveals a growing trend to outsource HR Management and HR Resources; top reasons companies outsource

According to new research from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), the growing complexity of HR Management is one of the top reasons for outsourcing HR. Amongst the top 500 companies worldwide, more than half specifically outsource HR — a number that is growing. The top reasons for outsourcing …

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Court Rules that “Dependent Contractors” are Entitled to Termination Notice

One of the most important workforce distinctions that employers must make is between employees and independent contractors. Per the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000, generally speaking employees: Do not provide their own tools, materials or equipment to do their work. Are paid a fixed rate (e.g. salary) that is not …

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Ontario MoL Reviewing Application for Excess Hours & Overtime Averaging

HR Advisor: Ontario MoL ” Reviewing Applications for Excess Hours and Overtime Averaging On the heels of Bill 148 that received Royal Assent in Ontario on November 27, 2017 — though most changes come into effect January 1, 2019 — the Ministry of Labour (MoL) has released The Changing Workplaces …

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What Employers Need to Know About Joint Health and Safety Committees

A joint health and safety committee (JHSC) is comprised of both worker and employer representatives, who work collaboratively to improve health and safety conditions across the work environment. Typical JHSC tasks include identifying health and safety issues (occuring, alleged and potential), inspecting the workplace, raising awareness of health and safety, …

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3 Types of Human Resource Policies that Make or Break an “Open Office” Layout

In the last few years, many businesses — including high profile enterprises like Google — have said goodbye to conventional offices, and replaced them with what is known in office design circles as an “open office” layout. This is where walls and barriers are eliminated (or kept to a minimum), …

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Summary of Proposed Major Changes to Ontario’s Labour Laws

  The Government of Ontario has recently announced its intention to introduce a new piece of legislation called the “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.” If passed, the legislation would represent broad and major changes to Ontario’s Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act, and impact hundreds of thousands of …

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HR Intervention: What to do When a Top Performer Starts “Breaking Bad”

It’s a scenario that often starts with denial, turns into dismay, and then winds up in disaster: a top performer who once set the standard has “broken bad”. They show up late – or sometimes not at all. Their attitude is cynical, their actions are inconsiderate, their communication is hostile, …

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