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Serious insight for serious situations.

Serious insight for serious situations.

‘Twas the payday after christmas*: An employer’s (rhyming) guide to the joys of public holiday pay

*With inspiration from (and apologies to) Clement Clarke Moore, and his classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. ‘Tho the basics of holiday pay are well-known, The details of compliance are oft met with a groan. But for managers, for supervisors, for HR and for pay-roll, Meeting the statutory requirements is always the main-goal. So with

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Occupational health & safety: Why fire drills matter

When I was young, a fire drill usually meant a welcome escape from the classroom.  Marching single-file, my classmates and I would end up in the schoolyard, where we’d enjoy what felt like an extra recess period. Fast-forward to working life, and fire drills have – for many of us – become synonymous with annoyance. 

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Tweet, Tweet! – “A little bird told me”: Employee dismissed after twitter post comes to employer’s attention

In the latest incident of an employee’s social media activity landing him/herself in hot water with an employer, media outlets reported last week that a Toronto-area mechanic was fired after allegedly tweeting the following: “Any dealers in Vaughan wanna make a 20sac chop?  Come to Keele/ Langstaff Mr. Lube, need a spliff or two to

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Guilty verdict and prison sentence handed down in BC ferry tragedy

On March 22, 2006, the ferry “Queen of the North” ran aground and sank in Wright Sound, British Columbia.   Tragically, two passengers were lost and presumed drowned. The ensuing Transportation Safety Board investigation concluded that the ferry’s navigation officer, Karl Lilgert, had at the time of the accident been engaged in conversation with Karen Briker,

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Employment law: April Fools’ Day edition (believe it or not!)

April 1st has for hundreds of years marked “April Fools’ Day”- the unofficial “holiday” on which the jesters and pranksters among us test their wit and creativity in staging practical jokes and hoaxes, large and small. Many of us have fond memories of youthful hijinks, and tricks played on us (and by us) in our

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