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Top 10 most read First Reference Talks posts published in 2014 and Season’s Greetings

The holidays are upon us and it is time to take a well deserved break. Please note that we will not be blogging during the holiday season from Thursday December 25, 2014, to Friday January 2, 2015, inclusive. Our bloggers will resume sharing with you, their expertise and interesting developments in the world of HR, employment law and payroll on Monday January 5, 2015.

We also would like to take the time to thank our regular and occasional bloggers for their valuable contributions to the First Reference Talks blog. We could not have done it without them. In addition, thanks to our loyal readership for making this blog a success.

We are signing off for 2014 with a list of the top 10 most read posts published in 2014. The issue of providing a doctor’s note and duty to accommodate seem to have been hot topics this year with several blog posts on the topics making it on the list.

  1. Doctor’s notes: When should an employer ask for one? by Doug Macleod, MacLeod Law Firm
  2. HRLaw: Wrap up and other legislative changes effective in 2014 across Canada by Yosie Saint-Cyr, First Reference
  3. Managing risk in not-for-cause employee terminations by Marcia Scheffler
  4. A trigger and a tool – New Ontario Human Rights policy on mental health disabilities and addictions by Marcia Scheffler
  5. New rule of thumb: 6 months’ pay per year of service? by Employer Advisor, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  6. Performance management of older workers by Alison J. Bird, Cox & Palmer
  7. New leaves coming under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act by Yosie Saint-Cyr, First Reference
  8. Employers are wondering if they can ever require that an employee provide sick notes by Stuart Rudner, Rudner MacDonald LLP
  9. Is an employer’s duty to accommodate becoming too much? by Clear Path Employer Services
  10. Ontario imposes mandatory occupational health and safety training for workers and supervisors by Stringer LLP

In the spirit of giving this holiday season

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, First Reference Inc. has made a donation to Liter of Light. There are over a billion people worldwide that do not have electricity. Liter of Light has developed an inexpensive way for people to use the sun to light their homes. Their latest project is the Liter of Light or Isang Litrong Liwanag. It brings the eco-friendly bottle light to communities living without electricity. It’s powerful enough to light up a home but more than that it’s environmentally friendly, inexpensive, and easy to make. The movement grew to brighten up 28,000 homes and the lives of 70,000 people in Metro Manila alone. Now Liter of Light is present in India and Indonesia among others.

Season’s greetings

Our regular guest bloggers and the Staff at First Reference wishes everyone a very Happy Holiday Season and all the best for the New Year/Nos blogeures et l’Équipe de La Référence vous souhaite de belles fêtes et une bonne et heureuse année.

See you in 2015!

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Yosie Saint-Cyr

Managing Editor at First Reference Inc.
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
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