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Ho, Ho, Holiday Party and the Implications for the Workplace

How do you balance festive cheer with appropriate workplace conduct at your upcoming office holiday party? Here are a few tips: Be Inclusive Keep your office holiday party theme non-denominational to recognize that your staff may practice different faiths; Emphasize to your employees that participation in any office holiday activity is entirely voluntary. Maintain a […]


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You’re Fired; Oops, Sorry, You’re Rehired!

Earlier this year, the story of a male spectator at a Toronto FC soccer match making obscene on-air comments to a female journalist created a media firestorm in both traditional and social media.  It was quickly discovered that he was a well-paid Hydro One employee. The employee was fired and there was lots of public […]


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How to ensure your employees are the right fit for your organization

HR lessons from the departure of Alex Anthopoulos The recent departure of general manager Alex Anthopoulos from the Toronto Blue Jays because his job was no longer the right fit sent shock waves through the sporting world. Here is Major League Baseball’s 2015 Executive of the Year turning down a 5-year contract extension worth millions […]


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There’s No Such Thing as a Free Lunch: Are Unpaid Interns Worth the Price?

While it is common for many organizations to use unpaid interns, volunteers and/or practicum students to perform important functions, these unpaid positions may in fact truly be employees and can end up costing you much more than you anticipated. While the British Columbia Employment Standards Act (“ESA”) itself does not specifically define the terms of […]


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Time Off to Vote On Election Day

With the upcoming federal election on Monday, October 19, 2015, we thought it would be useful to review the obligations of employers to provide their employees with time off to vote. The Canada Elections Act says everyone who is eligible to vote must have three consecutive hours during voting hours to vote on election day. […]


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