Avoiding the Term Contract Trap

“We’re here for a good time… not a long time.”   ...

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Restoring ‘Working Notice’ as a Termination Strategy

Somewhere, in a galaxy far, far away, many h.r. professionals and lawyers developed the following default approach to terminating the employment relationship… the decision is made, in secrecy, to terminate the relationship...

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Retail Staff Aren't Security Guards

The 2006 death of gas bar attendant Grant DePatie in Maple Ridge, B.C. sparked an ongoing debate about workplace safety rules. Though it’s been a long time since it happened and the resulting WorksafeBC rule changes for late night retail wor...

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When It Rains It (Really) Pours

In a recent article (Restoring ‘Working Notice’ As A Termination Strategy), I offered a different strategy for achieving the smooth, risk-free, and cost-efficient termination of employment relationships on a without-cause basis. Scinti...

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When Social Media Exposure Isn’t A Good Thing

Any publicity is good publicity, right? Not anymore it isn’t. Some of the worst publicity a business can receive is as a result of its own employees posting damaging material on social media sites. It may only be a “thing&rdq...

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Honey, I Shrunk The Family (Status)!

For many years, I’ve been in the habit of saying that managing employees' absences due to disabilities is the hardest challenge for human resources practitioners. It may be time to change that to dealing with employees’ assertions ...

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Love Thy Neighbour – Or Get A Job Elsewhere

"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." The Bible (Book of Leviticus) At work, we’ve probably all had the experienc...

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Employment Policies – (Not) Worth Their Weight In Gold?

You must be a pirate for the pirates’ code to apply… and the ‘code’ is more of what you’d ...

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All’s Fair (Almost) In Love And Work

It will soon be Valentine’s Day and in the news, recently, has been a story of two Vernon firefighters caught on video having sex in the Fire Chief’s office. They were fired and their case has been the subject of much discussion about ...

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