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Wednesday July 1, Canada Day, a public national holiday


Under the federal Holidays Act, Canada Day is observed on July 1. The only exception is if July 1 falls on a Sunday, it is observed the following business day, which is Monday. As it turns out, this year July 1 falls on Wednesday. Right in the middle of a work week. Creating a very weird work schedule. But no worries, after 2015, Canada Day will fall on days that will create a long weekend for the following four years.

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Infographic: 8 great ways to handle performance reviews

Take a look at the First Reference Infographic Guide to Types of Performance Review, plus top performance review best practices!

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Multiculturalism Day in Canada

Did you know that the 1st nation to adopt ‘multiculturalism’ as an official policy was Canada?

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Is anyone interested in PRPPs?

A number of financial institutions and other providers are now offering pooled registered pension plans (PRPPs) and voluntary registered savings plans (VRSPs), the PRPP’s Quebec equivalent. Except for VRSPs, which are mandatory for employers who don’t offer pension plans or other retirement savings plans such as group registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs), how popular are PRPPs likely to be?

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk


Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with paid bereavement leave; voiding employment contract; and, terminating long-term employees.

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Dysfunction of function, accessibility and inclusion.

At this point in time, after having seen the release of the Mayo Moran review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA),  it is important to center our focus on how accessibility  is created within a market place. From the outset there have been organizations and businesses that had a tepid response to the AODA because it automatically brings to mind the mythical beast that is the concept of undue hardship.

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The restructuring of Quebec’s multi-employer pension plans

On February 18, 2015, the Government of Quebec introduced Bill 34, An Act to amend the Supplemental Pension Plans Act with respect to the funding and restructuring of certain multi-employer pension plans. By doing so, the Government of Quebec continues to show its commitment to tackling pension plan funding, which began when it commissioned the D’Amours report.

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St-Jean Baptiste Day/National Holiday, a public holiday in Quebec


In Quebec, June 24 is “la Fête nationale”, the province’s official holiday and celebration of French Canadian culture. The festivities occur on June 23 and 24, and since 1978 are publicly financed and organized by the National Holiday Organizing Committee.

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Changes to police record checks


On June 3, 2015, the Ontario government has tabled Bill 113, Police Record Checks Reform Act to eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment, education and volunteer opportunities resulting from the inappropriate release of non-conviction or mental health information disclosed during a police record check.

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Poisoned work environment, discrimination, and undue hardship under the “Code”

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A recent Ontario Human Rights case further underscores the employer’s ongoing duty to accommodate to the point of undue hardship, and that Code based harassment or discrimination constitutes a breach under the Human Rights Code of Ontario.

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Discovery Day, in Newfoundland and Labrador

Discovery Day is celebrated in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador on the nearest Monday to June 24 and this year falls on Monday June 22, 2015.

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National Aboriginal Day

This is the longest day of the year and marks the changing of seasons. It is also a very important day for Aboriginal people (First nation, Métis, Inuit).

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk


Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with changes to police record check; non-discriminatory explanation for firing; and ROE Web formats.

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Workplace disclosure of disabilities


The tragedy of the ill-fated Germanwings flight in March, and speculation about the reasons why the co-pilot may have intentionally crashed the airplane, has raised troubling issues for employers. Amid speculation that the co-pilot may have been depressed and suicidal, and may even have obtained a doctor’s note to not report for work on the fated day, many in the media and around the water cooler have wondered, “How did the employer not know?”

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Summary dismissal in Canada is complex

By now, regular readers should understand that summary dismissal in Canada is complex, and assessing whether or not just cause for dismissal exists requires much more than consideration of the alleged misconduct in isolation.

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