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Mandatory Workplace Postings in Ontario

I doubt there is anything more dry than reading a blog post about mandatory workplace government posters, but it's a mandatory requirement that comes with fines and cranky inspectors if you don't comply with the requirements. And I will try to make this a short post to minimize the pain. New...

Can You Discriminate Against a Volunteer?

The Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with a Disability set out the rights and obligations regarding employees, but what about volunteers? A reader of this blog (thanks Angie!) has asked about the application of these laws when recruiting volunteers. Human rights codes across...

Saving Lives? We Have a Policy Against That

This story is sweeping through the mainstream media - a nurse at a California senior living facility called 911 when a resident was having trouble breathing. Per the 911 call ( LA Times coverage here ): A fire dispatcher unsuccessfully pleaded with a nurse to start CPR on an elderly woman who was...

Employees: You Have The Right To Say No

I'm constantly surprised by the number of employees who come to me after having signed things their employer shoved in front of them, released claims, accepted transfers or demotions, or even admitted to stealing when they didn't. I ask them, "Why didn't you say no?" They look...

Even Santa Needs an Employee Handbook

The Christmas season is upon us, which means that the elves are hard at work deep inside the confines of the North Pole’s buildings preparing gifts to load onto Santa’s sleight for his Yuletide trip around the globe. Pop culture, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Elf , portrays Santa’s...