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The dark side of pay raises

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A few weeks ago there were well-publicized reports of the planned and implemented increase to Wal-Mart’s minimum starting pay rate having a very negative effect in the workplace.

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Baby, you can drive my car!

There has been much talk about the use of Uber in the media and we recently had occasion to consider whether the use of Uber services in the employment context is a wise choice.

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Accessibility and transitions

There is an accessibility consideration that I have been thinking about for quite some time which isn’t covered under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) is the accessibility of transition. It was a thought that started around the same time as when the new subways started to show up in Toronto, and the height and width became a new barrier for some people who rely on transit to get to and from work.

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No obligation to let employee smoke marijuana at work as a form of accommodation

The British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, in French v Selkin Logging, found that an employer did not discriminate based on the ground of physical disability by refusing to allow the employee from smoking marijuana at work. The company’s zero-tolerance policy for drugs constituted a bona fide occupational requirement (BFOR).

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with BYOD guidelines; off duty conduct and conflict of interest; and CHRP enhancements and CCHRA mandate.

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Respondents challenge $100,000.00 human rights decision

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While more often than not the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario’s decisions are not challenged, there are two processes by which this can be done.

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Indalex pension decision considered by Ontario Court of Appeal

Following the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Sun Indalex Finance, LLC v. United Steelworkers, [2013] 1 S.C.R. 271 (Indalex), creditors and their advisors have been closely following jurisprudence which considers the scope of the decision.

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Poor drafting leads to finding of fixed term contract

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Recently, the British Columbia Supreme Court released a decision whereby poor contractual drafting on the part of the employer resulted the court finding that there was an operative three-year fixed term that could only be terminated early by paying the balance of the contract as damages minus any amounts earned as mitigation.

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What does the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan announcement mean for your organization?

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On August 11, 2015, the Ontario government made additional announcements regarding the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), which is expected to be introduced in 2017.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with 2016 projected salary increases; ORPP design; and, OHS reprisals.

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Spotlight on channel effectiveness analytics

Do you know how your recruiting channels are performing in sourcing quality candidates and hires? Do you know which recruiting channels are most effective in meeting different business requirements?

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Putting employee handbooks in their proper organizational context

Does your organization have an employee handbook?  Are you thinking about creating one?  Do employees and managers have questions or conflicting beliefs about your current handbook?  The following overview discusses what an employee handbook is not, highlights the key purpose of an effective handbook and outlines some tips for effective employee handbooks.

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Questioning the results of best and worst places to be a woman report

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The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives made national headlines last month when they released their “Best and Worst Places to be a Woman in Canada 2015” report. This provocative report ranks Canada’s 25 largest cities on the following five criteria: Economic Security, Education, Leadership, Health, and Personal Security.

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Loss of stock options: Abusive or oppressive?

The appeal of stock option plans (SOP) is undeniable. Indeed, by linking employees’ personal gains to the growth of the company’s share value, a SOP offers a flexible form of compensation as well as a long-term incentive program.

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Perte d’options d’achat d’actions : abus ou oppression?

L’attrait des régimes d’options d’achat d’actions (ROAA) est indéniable : en liant les gains des cadres à l’augmentation du cours des actions de la compagnie, un ROAA offre un mode de rémunération flexible doublé d’un programme d’intéressement à long terme.

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