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Busting myths about employments standards: What employers need to know about overtime and vacation

When it comes to employment standards legislation, employers must remember that just because an employee agrees to something, that does not make it lawful. More importantly, parties cannot contract out of employment standards requirements, and employers that breach employment standards legislation expose themselves to significant risk, even if the employee in question appears to have acquiesced. This often arises when it comes to overtime or vacation.

 

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Employer risk 101 – Ministry enforcement of the ESA

If you are reading an employment law blog you already know that employers have legal obligations under the Ontario Employment Standards Act. The top five violations for the fiscal year 2014/2015, as compiled by the Ministry of Labour, were with respect to…

 

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FAQ: Do employees in Ontario who take maternity and parental leave for the one year accrue their regular vacation as per their employment contract?

Recently we received a question of whether employees in Ontario who take maternity and parental leave for the one year accrue their regular vacation as per their employment contract. If that were so, the inquirer wanted to know whether it was normal practice to allow those employees to take the accrued vacation right after their leave has ended (i.e., extending their time off).

 

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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 virgin.com 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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‘Tis the season – World Cup soccer has returned, and so too may absences

During previous World Cups, many employees including myself battled with the World Cup Flu. Well, employers should prepare for another outbreak starting June 12, 2014, when FIFA World Cup Brazil begins, and will go on for about a month.

 

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Do you need a vacation from dealing with vacations?

Creating a vacation policy can be a daunting task and much more complicated than it may seem on the surface. While all jurisdictions have minimum standards with respect to vacation entitlement and vacation pay, many details regarding vacation administration is left to the employer. A vacation policy will ensure management and employees alike understand the details of vacation entitlement and its administration.

 

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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

The three most popular HRinfodesk articles this week deal with proposed amendments to the Canada Labour Code, a vacation deprivation study, and a termination case based on the language of an employment contract..

 

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I’m getting the sniffles… it’s another case of the World Cup Flu!

‘Tis the season of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. This time, it’s women who are going to be playing, beginning this Sunday June 26 and ending July 17, in Germany. It may not be as popular as the men’s World Cup, but it is a busy and important year for women’s football/soccer! Will the rate of employee absenteeism be as high as when the men’s World Cup took place? Maybe not; but still, what can employers do to manage a sudden outbreak of “World Cup flu” cases in their workplace?

 

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Do vacations stress you out? (Part two)

So it’s practically summer and I can’t help thinking of the days off I’ll be taking here and there, the chunk of vacation time I still have left and the various long weekends remaining. (But I don’t let my daydreams affect my work!) I might not have a lot of vacation days left, but I’m sure going to use them.

 

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Has your workplace experienced an outbreak of the ‘World Cup Flu’?

Are your employees suffering from the “World Cup Flu”? Are you finding that there is an unusually high rate of absenteeism in your office these days?

 

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