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Presenteeism in the workplace

Presenteeism results in productivity loss, workplace epidemics, or poor health and exhaustion, which can lead to higher absenteeism for longer periods or accidents. Whether it is a physical or mental ailment, employees should be staying home when they are unable to be present at work. Being physically at work is different than being present at work. It is one thing to show up at work; it’s another thing to be actually productive while at work.

 

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Three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three popular articles this week on HRinfodesk deal with: A case that addresses an employer’s improper deduction from its employee’s final paycheque; a FAQ that addresses an employee’s misuse of sick days; and a human rights case where an employee established disability based on miscarriage.

 

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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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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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Five advantages of contracting out disability claims management

Illness related absences can significantly impact an organization’s productivity and be quite costly as a result.

 

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OHRT rules the “flu” is not a “disability” attracting the protection of the Human Rights Code

As an employment law practitioner, it is refreshing to see any court and/or administrative tribunal release a decision that makes “common sense” (as well as legal sense). Recently, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal had to determine if the common flu and strep throat constituted disabilities under the Human Rights Code .

 

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Infection control, workplace wellness and flu shots

An ounce of education and a pinch of good policy can go a long way in keeping your employees healthy in the upcoming flu season. Here’s what you need to know to effectively reach employees and have maximum compliance to your flu prevention efforts in the workplace this year. Don’t forget to add in a sprinkle of humour!

 

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Most-viewed articles this month on HRinfodesk

Beware of terminating long-term employees without proper notice The Ontario Superior Court of Justice decided that an employer terminated a 65-year-old long-term employee without the proper amount of notice or severance. As a result, the employer had to pay hefty damages, interest and costs awards. Entitlement to paid sick leave and termination pay denied The […]

 

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Sick days or personal days?

Employers are often at a loss as to how to ensure employees who take sick days are really sick and not simply abusing the system. They are often scared to ask for doctor’s notes, but also scared that if they don’t, the abuse will become rampant. I often encourage employers to consider abandoning the notion of sick days altogether, and simply provide a fixed number of “personal days”, which eliminates the implicit or explicit requirement that an individual be sick in order to have time off.

 

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