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Employer Reference Letters: What Are You Afraid Of?

(Originally published January 2015, updated with video March 2019.) When it comes to writing reference letters, the current employer mindset seems to be “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all” – also known as Thumper’s Rule. Some employment lawyers have echoed this advice. It seems that an almost paralyzing fear of […]

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Safety and Accommodation: Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal

by Erin Brandt. In a workplace human rights case decided earlier this year (Stewart v. Elk Valley Coal), the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed that an Alberta employer’s firing of an employee following an on-site accident and a positive drug test was not a discriminatory act. Apparently key to the SCC’s decision was the fact […]

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Can – and Should – Employers “Ban” After-Hours Work Email?

(First published May 2014. Updated January 2017.) Do you expect your employees to read and respond to work-related email after hours or on weekends? Or do you encourage your staff to “disconnect” once they leave the office? The topic of after-hours work email is again in the news after France introduced a new law that grants […]

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Top 10 Overtime Tips for Employers

Do your employees work overtime? If so… Do you know when and how much to pay them? How – and how well – do you keep track of their hours? Do you have an OT policy in place that is fair, transparent, and consistently applied? A series of class action employee lawsuits out of Ontario […]

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