Serious insight for serious situations.

Serious insight for serious situations.

What every employer needs to learn from the CBC’s abuse in Canadian sport report

Policies and procedures serve many roles in the workplace. In simplest terms, a policy sets out the legislation-mandated as well as the expected standards of behaviour for employees and stakeholders. Procedures provide a how-to guide to direct individuals where to go when they question the behavior they see or experience.

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Believing the complaint is not enough: Guidance on appropriate investigations into inappropriate comments

Guidance on appropriate investigations into inappropriate comments
As investigators, we see that harassment often comes in the form of derogatory comments about people’s racial and ethnic background, as well as their sex, gender identity and gender expression. What we do not see as investigators, but can reasonably assume, is that these comments often go uninvestigated. Why?

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For Vancouver employers, embracing #MeToo makes good business sense

When it comes to making buying decisions, we all want the same thing: quality merchandise that is readily available, for a fair price. But this isn’t all – more and more consumers are factoring corporate image and business ethics into their buying decisions. We want to know how a business treats its workers, what impact its production methods have on the environment, and what corporate values it champions.

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Ministry of Labour orders to pay: Ignore at your own risk

On August 21, 2017, the Ministry of Labour (“MOL”) issued a $49,000.00 fine against an employer that failed to comply with Orders to Pay. The employer, Winli Apparel Manufacturing Inc. (“Winli”), was out of business and, likely, also out of money to pay its employees’ termination pay. Employees filed successful claims under the Employment Standards

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No STD coverage? No problem* (*as long as you have an appropriate employee absence plan)

External short-term disability (“STD”) plans managed by an insurance provider can be a huge time saver for employers and their HR partners. The other advantages include: Maintaining confidentiality regarding employees’ personal health information; and Deflecting the responsibility for denying an STD claim. That said, the premiums and other financial costs associated with STD plans lead

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Departing employees gone rogue

Sophisticated information technology systems are rapidly taking over the modern workplace.  With the advent of remote access, cloud-based storage, ghost imaging, and everything in between, employers are increasingly adapting to evolving technological trends to remain competitive in their respective industries. However, the ease with which information can now be accessed and duplicated has presented a

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New parent: More time off and more money?

The most recent federal budget proposes to make EI parental benefits more flexible. Proposed changes will allow parents to choose to receive EI parental benefits over an extended period of up to 18 months at a lower benefit rate of 33 percent of average weekly earnings. EI parental benefits will continue to be available at

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