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EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
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You can’t make employees give up their employment standards right to termination notice but you can ensure they get no more than that notice
FIRED
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As HR director, you have to help your own organization make sound judgments about whether it has just cause to terminate an employee
TERMINATION
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Ensuring that termination payments and back pay are properly processed and transmitted to a fired employee is not as simple as it sounds.
REHABILITATION
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Denying injured employees the opportunity to return to work may be considered discrimination for failing to “accommodate".
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REFERENCE CHECK

Job Searching Facts In The Canadian Market

Workopolis has some interesting data to share on the Canadian job search in 2014. We know that over the past few years, since the recession, unemployment has been way up and slowly moved back down but remains very volatile. We also know that the job …

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TELECOMMUNICATION POLICY

Telecommute Policy and Agreement

Introduction: How to Use This Tool
Expansion of the communication infrastructure has increasingly enabled employees to work from just about any location. The potential upside for a Telecommute arrangement is increased productivity, reduced absenteeism, and enhanced flexibility.

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HBR

How Google Manages Talent

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman, and Jonathan Rosenberg, former SVP of products, explain how the company manages their smart, creative team.

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Does Your Sales Team Know Your Strategy?

Frank Cespedes, HBS professor and author of “Aligning Strategy and Sales,” explains how to get the front line on board.

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HBR

Disrupting TV’s Status Quo

Famed producer Norman Lear on developing groundbreaking sitcoms, managing creative partnerships and the lessons he wants to pass on to the next generation.

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SEVERANCE PAY

The $2.5M Payroll Threshold Includes Payrolls Outside Ontario, According To The Ontario Superior Court

Severance: The Basics
There are two types of statutorily mandated pay that an employer may be required to provide an employee upon termination:(1) termination pay and (2) severance pay. Both termination and severance pay are minimum employment entitlements, they cannot be contracted out of, and they must …

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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Case Brief: On Deduction Of Pension Benefits From Wrongful Dismissal Damages

In August 2011, the British Columbia Court of Appeal held that pension benefits received by an employee during the reasonable notice period were not to be deducted from wrongful dismissal damages for that period: 2011 BCCA 337. A 7-member majority of the SCC agreed with …

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EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

Employer On The Hook For Longer Notice Period Despite Period Of Absence And “New” Employment

A recent Ontario case illustrates how recognition of past service with former employers can impose increased liability for reasonable notice of termination.
Mr. Vist commenced employment in 1988 but left in 1992 to pursue alternate employment. He returned to his former employer in 1993 and remained …

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PENSIONS

Problems With New IRS Procedures For Canadian Retirement Plans

On October 7, 2014 the IRS released Revenue Procedure 2014-55, which purports to make US tax filing easier for US citizens or residents who own Canadian Registered Retirement Savings Plans (“RRSPs”) or Registered Retirement Income Funds (“RRIFs”). Almost immediately, journalists and commentators breathlessly heralded the development …

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LITIGATION

Court Of Appeal Makes Clear That Certification Of Misclassification Overtime Class Actions Remains As Hard As Ever

Last week, the Ontario Court of Appeal released its decision in Brown v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, upholding the Divisional Court’s decision affirming the dismissal of a certification motion in a proposed “misclassification” overtime class action (previously blogged about in the spring and fall of 2013). The appeal decision is of …

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