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Author Archive - Yosie Saint-Cyr

Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practiced business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 15 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Yosie is one of Canada’s best known and most respected HR authors, with an extensive background in employment and labour across the country. Read more

WCB to employers: You need policies before Canada legalizes marijuana

Canada legalizes marijuana

On March 21, 2017, at a breakout session during a convention on the topic of Canada legalizing marijuana, a spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board says employers should have policies in place before Canada legalizes marijuana, because it could affect safety on the job.

In addition to examining this statement by Saskatchewan WCB, this article also discusses if medical marijuana is a covered medical expense under workers’ compensation.

 

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Workplace partisan political arguments

workplace partisan political arguments

The U.S. 2016 presidential election and post-election are causing much debate, criticism and protest outside of America. Canadians have actively participated in public marches and protests in response to Trump’s comments and proposed policies, as well as the recent proposedU.S. ban on entry to that country from certain Muslim nations. In this context, employers are right to ask whether workplace partisan political arguments fit in the workplace.

 

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Why is domestic violence more often becoming a workplace responsibility?

domestic-violence

It is understood that domestic violence has been known to effect employees at work in a number of ways; a recent study shows that the problem is widespread.

 

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HR law and payroll 2017, what is in store?

At the beginning of a new year, it’s good to wonder what is in store in 2017 for HR law and payroll? Let’s discuss and provide practical steps HR and payroll can take to prepare for these trends and changes.

 

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Top 10 most read First Reference Talks posts 2016 & Season’s Greetings

2016 Top 10 First Reference Talks

We are signing off with a list of the top 10 most read First Reference Talks posts 2016. Human rights issues and rules for termination notice seem to have been hot topics this year with several blog posts on the topics making it on the list. The top 10 most read First Reference Talks posts […]

 

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Dealing with public holidays on non-working days

public holiday on non-working day

This year Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on non-working days for many employees. Christmas this year is celebrated on Sunday December 25, 2016 and New Years Day on Sunday January 1, 2017. Many employers are looking for information specific to their jurisdiction, on how to deal with public holidays on non-working days, like the weekends.

 

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Bill to enhance the Canada Pension Plan introduced

On October 6, 2016, the federal government introduced Bill C-26, An Act to amend the Canada Pension Plan, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board Act and the Income Tax Act to enhance the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Canada’s government provided pension plan.

 

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New minimum wage in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Prince Edward Island

This morning’s blog post informed you of the upcoming minimum wage increase on October 1, 2016, in Ontario. However, there are upcoming minimum wage increases on October 1, 2016 in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Prince Edward Island as well. The Alberta minimum wage is increasing to $12.20 for most employees; the current liquor server rate will […]

 

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Mandatory work experience programs for all Ontario students

On Thursday June 23, 2016, the Ontario government announced that they are considering mandatory work experience programs for all high school, college and university students.

 

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Introducing our newest guest blogger: De Bousquet Professional Corporation

We are very pleased to announce that the law firm De Bousquet Professional Corporation will be blogging regularly on First Reference Talks!

 

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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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Agreement in principle for CPP expansion

On June 20, 2016, the federal government Finance Minister reached an agreement in principle with most of the provincial and territorial Finance Ministers to strengthen the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) for future generations of Canadians.

 

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Tax freedom days are here again… Happy days are here again!

According to the Fraser Institute, tax freedom day falls on June 7 this year. From that day onward, employees are finally working for themselves and their family.

 

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Apology for workplace sexual harassment

It was recently reported in the media that after signing a peace bond, Jian Ghomeshi apologized in court on May 11, 2016, for his “sexually inappropriate conduct” towards a former co-worker who accused him of sexually assaulting her. Following the apology, the Crown withdrew the criminal charge of sexual assault for which Ghomeshi was slated to stand trial on June 6, 2016.

 

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Ontario introducing new ORPP legislation

On April 14, 2016, the Ontario government introduced new legislation to launch the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) legislation. Bill 186, Ontario Retirement Pension Plan Act (Strengthening Retirement Security for Ontarians), 2016 will ensure that if the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) is not enhanced, Ontario can proceed with the ORPP. However, the Ontario government says […]

 

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