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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with appropriate payroll deductions; Canada Revenue Agency’s tax deduction estimator for TD1s; and, amendments to WHMIS to implement Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Label (GHS).

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Use caution when managing your sick leave policy

When a health centre updated its sick-leave procedures, it thought it would be making it easier and safer for employees to return to work after an illness. In practice, things played out very differently.

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How to accelerate your talent analytics capability

All HR and Talent Leaders need access to timely and relevant information to support decisions and drive performance. However, in many mid-sized organizations the status quo consists of a painful process of compiling data manually to produce metrics. This represents a significant time-sink and leaves little opportunity for analysis or recommendations.

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Introducing our newest guest blogger Christopher Lytle

We are very pleased to announce that Christopher Lytle from Christopher Lytle Consulting (CLC) will be blogging on First Reference Talks on the topics of disability and human rights issues.

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AODA 2014-2015 upcoming deadlines…and things to work on in 2015 for 2016

As you may be aware, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act contains several obligations that apply at different points in time, depending on whether the organization is a small organization (under 50 employees) or a large organization (50 employees or more), in order to achieve the goal of creating an accessible Ontario. A number of additional requirements take effect January 1, 2015, they include,..

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Ontario Human Rights Tribunal decision offers clarity on workplace sexual harassment

With the allegations against CBC Radio personality Jian Ghomeshi dominating the news over the past several weeks, it is useful to examine how the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal addressed allegations of workplace sexual harassment in the recent case of Horner v. Peelle Company Ltd. (2014) HRTO 1211.

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Holiday parties

With the holiday season fast approaching, many organizations are in the midst of planning their annual holiday parties, meant to recognize the culmination of a year of hard work by employees and celebrate the holiday season. Although this time of year is marked with celebration and provides for a valuable team building opportunity, it can also bring with it particular obligations and potential liabilities for an employer.

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with unjust dismissal; termination due to pregnancy; and, October 2014 labour force survey.

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La limite territoriale est toujours nécessaire pour une clause de non-concurrence

Comme nous l’avons mentionné à quelques reprises, l’absence de limitation territoriale n’est pas fatale à une clause de non-sollicitation dans la mesure où la clientèle dont la sollicitation est prohibée est identifiée ou identifiable.

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No procedural duty to accommodate

The Federal Court of Appeal recently ruled in Canada Human Rights Commission v Attorney General of Canada and Bronwyn Cruden, that employers do not have a separate procedural duty to accommodate employees and any procedural inadequacy throughout the accommodation process is not critical where the employer’s actions do not constitute discrimination.

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Year-end payroll check list for the holidays!

It is that time of the year again where people are just starting to think about making their holiday lists.  Organizations who want to stay on the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) “nice” list and off of the “naughty” list should start ticking off the boxes on a year-end payroll check list as well as preparing for the first payroll of the New Year.

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Modifications apportées à la partie II du code canadien du travail

Diverses modifications au Code canadien du travail sont entrées en vigueur le 31 octobre 2014. Ces modifications renforceront le système de responsabilité interne afin d’améliorer la protection des travailleurs du Canada et de permettre au Programme du travail de mieux se concentrer sur les enjeux critiques qui touchent la santé et la sécurité des Canadiens au travail.

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Amendments to part II of the Canada Labour Code

A number of changes to the Canada Labour Code came into force on October 31, 2014. These changes reinforce the internal responsibility system to improve protection for Canadian workers and allow the Labour Program to better focus its attention on critical issues affecting the health and safety of Canadians in their workplace

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Ontario’s Liberal government introduces employee friendly laws

On November 6, 2014, Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 received third reading at the Ontario legislature. When Bill 18 receives Royal Assent several significant changes will take effect that will benefit employees.

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Unlimited vacation: flashy gimmick or prudent policy?

Sir Richard Branson recently announced a change to Virgin’s vacation policy. According to the policy: permits all salaried staff to take off whenever they want for as long as they want. There is no need to ask for prior approval and neither the employees themselves nor their managers are asked or expected to keep […]

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