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Canadian government introduces tax legislation applying to employee stock options granted on or after January 1, 2020

Under the Income Tax Act (Canada), when an employee exercises an employee stock option and acquires shares, the employee realizes a taxable employment benefit equal to the excess of the value of the shares at the time of acquisition over the exercise price paid for the shares.

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Court rejects Ministry of Labour’s attempt to assume breach of OHSA in face of strong safety program

A recent case goes to show that a failure by the Crown to show that an accident resulted from a breach of the Act, combined with a strong employer safety program, can result in an acquittal.

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Employee entitled to vacation pay on “discretionary” bonus

When is a “discretionary” bonus to be included in the statutory definition of “wages”?

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Celebrating Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in Quebec

In Quebec, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Fête nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie canadienne, is a statutory (public) holiday on June 24 each year. This year, June 24 falls on a Monday.

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Employer reminder: Summary hearing tool at the Human Rights Tribunal for allegations of bullying and harassment

An “Order for a Summary Hearing” is an employer’s tool to seek early dismissal of the Application on the basis that ‘there is no reasonable prospect that the Application will succeed’ at a full hearing. Hence, it should be dispensed quickly and efficiently.

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Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

Friday, June 21 is the longest day of the year and marks the changing of seasons. It is also a very important day for Indigenous Peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit). In 1982, this day was chosen to celebrate the land and the Indigenous Peoples and their cultures. It is also a public (statutory) holiday in the Northwest Territories and the Yukon.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a Quebec Superior Court decision regarding annual salaries, the CRA improvements for small and medium sized businesses and the Saskatchewan minimum wage increase in October.

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Biohazard control in your workplace

Workplaces have a responsibility to identify hazards in the workplace. A hazard is any situation, condition or thing that may be dangerous to the safety or health of workers.

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Court of appeal says no backpedaling allowed on employee resignation

Is an employer allowed to “re-hire” a long term employee on new terms if they retract their resignation? According to the Ontario Court of Appeal the answer seems to be yes.

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Top five things to consider when dismissing an employee

The decision to terminate an individual’s employment is not an easy one. At times, however, whether due to economic pressures, or poor performance, it may nevertheless be necessary.

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BC’s 14 protected grounds of discrimination

The Federal government, along with every province and territory in Canada, has human rights legislation prohibiting discrimination on grounds such as race, gender and disability in a number of public environments.

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Happy Tax Freedom Day!

Tax Freedom Day 2017

Happy tax freedom day (June 14) from the Fraser Institute. “Because governments impose a litany of taxes—some visible, some hidden—it’s very difficult for Canadians to get a clear sense of all the taxes they pay.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with a safety talk on impairment in the workplace from IHSA, BC employment standards changes and burnout in the workplace.

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Cannabis in the United States and its implications in naturalization applications

In April 2019, the media reported that the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had denied the naturalization applications of at least two lawful permanent residents who had worked for state-licensed cannabis businesses in the State of Colorado.

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Equality when you are born this way … Not the same way

When it comes to employers navigating human resource issues and relationships with their employees, the concept of equal versus identical is even more obvious. For employers, “equal” does not mean the individual employees are all the same, but that they be given the same opportunities.

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