The Extended Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy – A Controversial Opinion

It remains a puzzle regarding the relief provided by the federal government.  The CERB (Canadian Emergency Response Benefit) is scheduled to expire September 26, 2020.  This benefit was highly over-subscribed from the beginning in March. Yet it created unintended consequences drawing employees away from their employers, which ultimately caused the government to present a more […]

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Duty to Inquire, Duty to Accommodate and Undue Hardship

We have developed a good understanding of the Employer’s Duty to Accommodate, where we use a Functional Abilities Assessment, but have not addressed the potential precursor of this duty, namely the Duty to Inquire.  Similarly, we have discussed the concept of Undue Hardship, but with only limited detail.  The two quotations from policies developed at […]

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What You as Employers are Exposed to with COVID-19

We are all faced with the difficult situation of COVID – 19 as we watch this pandemic change the way business and simultaneously employment is affected. On March 18, a prominent Toronto Employment Lawyer discussed on CBC risks involved in temporarily laying off staff – is getting sued by an employee something you should have on your radar? At times like these, what choices do you have? […]

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What Kind of Organization or Culture do you lead?

I use the terms interchangeably because culture and organization or so intertwined. They represent the whole or sum of the parts. When I refer to the parts, I refer to the people that comprise the organization or help to shape the culture.

Culture is defined as ….” is a way of life of a group of people–the behaviors, beliefs, values, and symbols that they accept, generally without thinking about them, and that are passed along by communication and imitation from one generation to the next.” […]

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