Monthly Archives: December 2008

Creative Alternatives to Layoffs


Cissy Pau, Principal Consultant of Clear HR Consulting, was quoted in a recent article in IT Business Edge about creative alternatives to layoffs during these difficult economic times. Some creative alternatives to layoffs to reduce payroll expenses that we have been a part of include: Across-the-board wage cuts:  All employees agree in writing to a [...]

Creative Alternatives to Layoffs2019-07-30T19:11:15-04:00

Happy Holidays from Clear HR Consulting


We here at Clear HR Consulting would like to wish you all the best for the holiday season. May your new year be full of family, friends, health and great happiness. This year, we are using the resources otherwise spent on cards and gifts to make a donation to a deserving charity, Kids Up Front [...]

Happy Holidays from Clear HR Consulting2019-07-30T19:11:49-04:00

Christmas Party Shooting Tragedy


A recent shooting tragedy at a company Christmas party in Vancouver emphasizes the need for employers to be highly sensitive to employees' emotional state when timing a layoff. According to news reports, an employee, who had been let go the day prior to the Christmas party, allegedly shot and killed the owner of his former [...]

Christmas Party Shooting Tragedy2019-07-30T19:12:30-04:00

Blackberry Usage After Hours: Overtime Pay Issue?


Most employees think nothing about checking their work email on their Blackberry after they leave the office for the day, but is this creating an overtime pay liability for their employer? According a recent article in Business in Vancouver (Issue 997, December 2-8, 2008), companies should have policies in place to address this matter. According [...]

Blackberry Usage After Hours: Overtime Pay Issue?2008-12-16T13:01:19-05:00

Cyber-Sacking: Employee Fired Via Facebook


Recently, a spa employee in Kelowna, BC learned she was fired by her employer via a message sent to her Facebook profile.  "Cyber-sacking" became the new phrase of the day.  According to an article in the Kelowna Daily Courier, the employer had tried to contact the employee on her cell phone and her home phone [...]

Cyber-Sacking: Employee Fired Via Facebook2008-12-11T13:00:12-05:00

Downsizing the Christmas Party?


During today's uncertain economic times, many companies are considering downsizing their annual Christmas party as a way to cut costs. However, there are employee retention issues to consider when making this decision. Increasing morale, demonstrating appreciation, and offering reassurance to staff are some reasons that business owners want to go ahead with holiday parties. While [...]

Downsizing the Christmas Party?2008-12-09T23:00:02-05:00