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Fiona H. McFarlane Presents at Hacking HR Forum (September 2019)

On September 26, Fiona H. McFarlane joins Hacking HR for an evening of discovery in the area of diversity and inclusion where she and other experts in the field will facilitate a discussion covering many (if not most) of the facets of successful programmes, practices, and interventions.

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Getting the Disability Benefits You’re Entitled To

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the only reason we went to work each day was because we loved our job? The reality is that most of us are employed, at least in part, out of necessity.

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Recourse under the Canada Labour Code: An Option Worth Considering

In every case of dismissal, one of the first questions to ask should be whether the Code applies. The answer is more complicated that one might think.

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Secret Recordings, Part 2: Still a Bad Idea

By Fiona Anderson. Earlier this year, I blogged about whether it was legal to record conversations without letting the person being recorded know the recording was happening. Yes, it’s legal, since only one person in the conversation needs to consent, and that would be the person doing the recording. (If the person doing the recording […]

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The ESB: A Force to Be Reckoned With

By Fiona Anderson. Employers take note: The BC Employment Standards Branch (the ESB) can land a hefty punch against employers who are found not to be complying with the Employment Standards Act (the ESA). Many smaller employers are not one-hundred per cent sure of their obligations under the ESA, often assuming that if they are […]

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Sorry Doesn’t Have to Be the Hardest Word: BC’s Apology Act

By Fiona Anderson. Canadians are known for saying “I’m sorry” and they usually mean it, even if, or often when, they aren’t at fault. It’s almost a reflex reaction. But at one time, saying sorry could have been taken as an admission of liability, turning Canada’s favourite pastime into an obligation to pay damages to […]

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Secret Recordings: Legal, but ill-advised?

By Fiona Anderson. “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” United States president Donald Trump famously tweeted on May 12, 2017, days after firing Comey from his job as Director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. If that was meant to silence […]

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Thorp case illustrates the low spark of high-heeled job requirements: Business In Vancouver

By Fiona Anderson. Much ado has been made about the new rules that say employers can’t require women to wear high heels at work. The issue first came to my attention when the New York Times in January ran a story about an actress in England who was sent home from a temporary clerical assignment […]

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Postmedia’s Layoffs: Words to the Wise

By Fiona Anderson. As a former journalist, I can’t help but be mesmerized by the bloodletting that is happening at newspapers and television and radio stations across Canada. The only exception is the publicly funded Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Private companies need to make money to survive and, with advertisers now having their own advertising platforms […]

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