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Why "We Don’t Have any Real HR Problems" Means you need an HR Strategy ASAP

Why “We Don’t Have any Real HR Problems” Means You Need an HR Strategy ASAP If you can claim that your business “doesn’t have any real HR problems,” then instead of calculating how much money you’re saving on staff and technology, it’s in your best interest to heed this advice: …

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Are You Taking AODA Seriously? We Are!

Accessibility is a major issue for so many Ontarians; recent estimates are that 1 in 7 people are living with a disability. The government of Ontario is committed to making our province more accessible and have developed a 20 year plan with the goal of implementing the changes needed in …

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Upcoming NEER Statement and MOL Blitzes

Here are some updates from MOL and WSIB you should be aware of this fall: [listdot] The WSIB is in the process of preparing your September NEER Financial statement, which will arrive in mid-November. The NEER statement will indicate if you’re in a surcharge or rebate. MOL drop-in-blitzes are happening right now …

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AODA – Are Organizations Dealing Appropriately?

When the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Customer Service Standard was introduced prior to the compliance deadline of January 2013, I remember discussing with my colleagues how we, as HR professionals, would ensure that our clients would meet the requirements. Unlike other legislation that we had been dealing …

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Bill 160, WSIB Costs, and Ministry Of Labour Drop-In Blitzes

Is Your Company Ready? With Bill 160 focus on training – inspections include checking on new workers, summer students, temporary workers or any potentially vulnerable worker to ensure they have received the necessary safety training, and have awareness of their rights, responsibilities, and hazards. Your company and the temporary agency …

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Don’t Fear a Bill 168 Workplace Violence Audit – If You’re Prepared

When the Workplace Violence law, Bill 168, came into force in June 2010, there was some confusion about employers’ responsibilities, especially when it came to how the private worlds of a company’s staff now carried over into the public workplace, while simultaneously preserving a commitment to employee privacy and confidentiality. …

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AODA: The Next Phase of Accessibility Standards Compliance. Is Your Business Ready?

Less then two years after Bill 168 – what seemed like the biggest employment law undertaking in recent history – Ontario employers are once again faced with an even more broad sweeping law that is coming in force in just a few months, The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act …

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Statutory Holidays. Love them or Hate them?

Long weekends mean more time at the cottage, on the ski hill or reading a book, but no matter how you choose to spend your time, there is no doubt that everyone enjoys statutory holidays. If you are a human resources or payroll person, your view of statutory holidays can …

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A New Twist on Harassment in the Workplace

Last month I wrote about a wrongful dismissal case in which an employee was harassed by his co-workers over a period of several months. When the company failed to act on his complaints, he successfully sued his employer for constructive dismissal for failing to provide him with a workplace free …

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