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First Reference annual holiday donation, season’s greetings and holiday break

From all of us at First Reference, we wish you a safe and happy holidays! At this time of year, we like to support organizations that are helping others.


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Conflicted about the acceptance or giving of gifts to clients or customers

Who doesn’t like to give or receive a gift, especially around holiday times? It is common practice (even expected practice) in some industries to recognize clients or customers with some sort of gift. Employers should ensure that it has adequate policies to inform and advise employees of the conduct and behaviour that is expected of them in the context of the industry in which the employer operates.


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Should you have a workplace holiday party?

So much is written in the media each year reminding (and warning) employers of the potential liabilities of hosting a holiday party for employees, that, as a lawyer, I wonder why an employer would take on such potential liability. The benefit to an employer of having such an event would have to be significant to justify such risks.


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Most-viewed articles this week on HRinfodesk

How not to fire an employee The recent decision in Drake v. Blach in the Ontario Superior Court provides a good example of how not to go about firing an employee. (In PDF) Charity runs afoul of Canada Revenue Agency Deciding to retain a contractor rather than an employee can be the right decision depending […]


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