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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with the recently released T4 slip; the expansion of EI sickness benefits; and, the ‘common employer’ doctrine.

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Reminder: Update your policies for three new job-protected leaves for families

On October 29, 2014, three new job-protected leaves come into force under the Ontario Employment Standards Act.

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Make mine a Bitcoin: Payroll issues and digital currency

The bitcoin, a decentralized digital currency conceived in 2008, has experienced exponential growth in use over the past 2 years. Bitcoin ATMs have begun to spring up in cities across Canada—including in Ottawa’s Byward Market and on Spadina Avenue in downtown Toronto. Demand for the currency has also penetrated the employment world, with some employees seeking pay in Bitcoin in lieu of the Canadian Dollar.

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Access to sickness benefits while receiving compassionate care and critically ill children Employment Insurance benefits

Sections 242 to 248 and 250 of the Economic Action Plan 2014 Act, No. 1 (formerly Bill C-31) came into force October 12, 2014. These sections allow employees who are on leave and receiving compassionate care leave (CCB) or parents of critically ill children (PCIC) employment insurance benefits to be able to switch to EI […]

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Employers: Are your job ads in keeping with the Code?

When does a job advertisement breach the Ontario Human Rights Code? The same question was asked and answered in Wedley v. Northview Co-operative Homes Inc., 2008 HRTO 13. When the Complainant, Caroline Wedley, was terminated from her job as a cleaner, she alleged that she was told by management that they were seeking to hire two […]

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New rule of thumb: 6 months’ pay per year of service?

So much for the rule of thumb that an employee should receive one month of notice for every year of service. The Toronto Star has reported on a recent wrongful dismissal decision that Ontario employers should consider, especially when hiring senior managers or executives.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with human rights webinars, executive resignation, and registered pooled pension plans.

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How mid-sized organizations can get ahead with workforce analytics

No matter what your company size, the pressure is on for HR to make use of data to respond to business questions and make timely and relevant workforce decisions. HR now knows that using workforce data can lead to more impactful conversations and contributions to the business. For this to happen however, HR needs to develop its analytics capabilities.

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Employers can’t ignore employee signs of disability

When an employer has evidence that an employee has or may have a disability, the law requires the employer to investigate and determine whether the employee needs or wants accommodation.

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Termination was at least in part because of perceived communication difficulties in English

In Liu v Everlink Services Inc, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decided that, when a Chinese Canadian employee, Liu, was terminated from his employment, he was discriminated against on the ground of place of origin.

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Introducing our newest guest blogger Vey Willetts LLP

We are very pleased to announce that Andrew Vey and Paul Willetts from Vey Willetts LLP will be blogging on First Reference Talks starting on October 29, 2014.

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Le lien d’emploi survit-il à la faillite?

Afin de protéger les accréditations syndicales et les contrats d’emploi, les législateurs fédéraux et provinciaux ont édictés certaines règles particulières. Une de celles-ci se retrouve à l’article 2097 C.c.Q., lequel vise à protéger le lien d’emploi en cas d’aliénation d’entreprise. Cette disposition d’ordre public s’applique clairement à la vente conventionnelle d’une entreprise ou d’une partie de celle-ci. Qu’en est-il cependant quand une entreprise fait faillite et qu’un syndic ou un séquestre vend l’entreprise?

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with termination notice; return-to-work plan; and, Johnstone family status case.

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Cultivating a culture of gratitude in your organization

There have been a few articles and books recently that have highlighted the importance of culture in an organization. 

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WSIB statements for complex organizations

Most Ontario businesses think their WSIB NEER statement is complicated. They’re right, but consider the statements for larger organizations or those with complex structures that have an organizational statement or multiple NEER statements?

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