How to Prepare Your Workplace for the Aftermath of Marijuana Legalization

With cannabis being decriminalized under federal legislation on October 17, 2018 — roughly six months ago — many employers have tried to anticipate how this has and/or will impact their workplaces. Undoubtedly, in-house policy is key, but leaders should set...

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When Labour Shortage Intersects With #METOO – Crisis or Opportunity? 

Recently, I was on a plane heading back to Vancouver after being in Northern B.C. – the land of Oil & Gas and Site C – and it was hard not to overhear the conversation of the young man...

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A Flashlight, Not a Hammer: How to Leverage HR Data

HR professionals have a complicated relationship with data. In an earlier article, I referenced my own experiences with HR data dating back 15 years. At that time, data was the 'it' topic in HR. The thought leaders of the day...

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Hide Your Goat – How To Stay Positive When Negativity Surrounds You

No one is immune to feeling negative. The infection can spread quickly and those who discharge the poisonous toxin are masquerading as co-workers, family, friends and people we encounter in our daily lives. They believe, that if they are unhappy, then...

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Courting Marijuana and Measures of Impairment

As the legalization of recreational marijuana is approaching, many employers are struggling to develop policies to respond to this change in policy. Courting Questions of Impairment A frequently asked question is how does an employer know when an employee is impaired...

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Contract Clarity Serves Employers Well

Traditionally, it has been difficult to convince courts to enforce termination clauses in employment contracts. This has been particularly difficult in the Province of Ontario. Commenters have suggested that most of the difficulty for employers stems from the fact...

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Top 5 Tips for Employee Investigations

By Andrew Schafer Employee investigations can have important and far-reaching positive or negative implications for employers, depending on how they are carried out. A properly conducted workplace investigation can shield employers from legal liability and also boost employee morale by...

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From Winter of Discontent to Spring of Equality?

By Graeme McFarlane As we moved through the last few months of 2017, we heard repeated allegations of sexual harassment brought against many high profile public figures. While many of these charges remain just allegations, the underlying factual scenarios follow...

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