HR Risks

Cannabis in the Workplace – Key Facts for Employers

cannabis plant

As of October 17, 2018, the sale, possession and use of recreational cannabis (also known as marijuana, pot, weed or hash) is legalized across Canada.  What exactly does this mean for employers?  There is an overwhelming amount of information and articles written about this topic over the past year from all perspectives.  To help employers …

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Costly Termination Mistakes to Avoid

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From honeymoon to divorce, the latter stage – inarguably, poses the most risk to an employer from a reputational and litigation perspective.  As a final chapter to the Small Business HR Mistakes blog series – “What You Don’t Know Can Cost You”, this article will highlight common mistakes employers make at “the end” of the …

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Overtime Mishaps to Avoid

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BMO and Scotiabank made headlines recently when they settled their overtime class-action lawsuits.  It came at a steep cost though.  Scotiabank paid nearly $40 million plus another $12.5 million in legal fees to defend 2 lawsuits while BMO settled theirs for $12.5 million.   Overtime pay is one of the top 5 complaints filed with …

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Small Business HR Mistakes (Part 2) – What You Don’t Know Can Cost You

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Unlike large corporations, small medium enterprises (SMEs) simply don’t have the luxury of deep pockets, resources and expertise at their disposal.   They are challenged to come up with creative solutions to stretch their dollar and get the most out of what resources they do have. This makes SME’s especially vulnerable to HR mistakes as one …

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Small Business HR Mistakes (Part 1) – What You Don’t Know Can Cost You

money with wings flying away from man crying

In the world of small medium enterprises (SMEs), it is not uncommon to find companies operating without HR expertise despite employing upto hundreds of staff in some cases. These organizations are often lacking resources and pressed for time while juggling multiple roles – from accounting, to marketing to human resources.  Consequently, HR mistakes are bound …

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Termination Clauses in Employment Contracts

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In recent years, restricting an employee’s severance entitlements to only statutory minimums via termination clauses became common practice for many employers.   The main advantage – a cost-saving measure to help employers lower termination costs instead of paying common law entitlements if and when the difficult decision is made to terminate without cause.  However, in looking …

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