Am I Protected Against Discrimination in the Workplace?

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Nearly 90% of all workers in Canada are protected from discrimination by employment laws established by their province or territory. It is required for employers to follow those laws and to post an Employment Standards Act poster in plain sight for all employees. Even so, many employees who feel they have been wronged often wonder if they are actually protected from discrimination in… Read more »

An Entrepreneur’s Story: Turning A Passion For Travel Into A Career

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There isn’t a cure for the travel bug, but the disease isn’t one that Shari Harper plans to cure anytime soon. In fact, the more she gets the opportunity to travel, the better because the feeling of going somewhere new brings about a rejuvenating feeling. For Harper, there’s nothing quite like chowing down on exotic… Read more »

A Look At Minimum Wage: What’s The Right Number?

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Would a few extra dollars an hour change lives for the better? The previous Ontario Liberals seemed to think an extra $2.40 an hour would do just that. In January, minimum wage earners received a substantial increase to $14 an hour. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, known as Bill 148, brought the change forward…. Read more »

No Longer Living on the Edge: An Experiment in Guaranteed Income

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For the first time in over a decade, Jessie can finally breathe a sigh of relief. When she finishes her day at work, she doesn’t need to worry about rushing out the door to her second, or third, or even fourth part-time job. There’s food in the fridge to eat, the bills have been paid… Read more »

The Legalization of Cannabis and Its Potential Impact on The Workplace

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Canada’s lawmakers have made a historic decision to legalize the use of cannabis. Canadians have been allowed to use the drug medicinally since 2001, but they will soon be able to consume it recreationally. Bill C-45, better known as the Cannabis Act, was approved by the Senate on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, and is set… Read more »

Don’t Take a Risk, Protect Yourself From Ticks

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That minuscule black spot on the back of your elbow may just be a leftover poppy seed from lunch. Or it could be something more sinister. It could be a Lyme Disease-carrying tick. But could you spot the difference? It can be hard to tell, and that’s the point the U.S. Center for Disease Control and… Read more »

Ontario Passes Pay Transparency Law to Help Narrow The Gender Pay Gap

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Did you know Ontario is the first province to pass new pay transparency legislation designed to help close the gender pay gap? You might be asking, “what does this mean for me?” Here’s what you need to know, whether you’re an employer or an employee. The goal of the legislation, that passed Third Reading in… Read more »

Time is Ticking: Have You Filed Your Accessibility Compliance Report?

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As another year ends, businesses across Ontario are preparing for the holidays and planning for the year ahead. For many, this means new strategy, new products, new services; and while this time of year is different for every business, it is important to note that if you are an employer of 20 or more employees,… Read more »

Understanding Bill 157 and What It Means for You

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For most employers, there is a clear line between the personal and professional lives of their employees; however, with the introduction of Bill 157, it seems that line has now become a little blurred – as it has many people on the fence. The bill was recently brought forth for its first reading at the… Read more »

How Does Ontario’s “Access Talent” Initiative Impact Your Business?

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Creating a more supportive, dynamic, and inclusive Ontario is the call to action for many employers as the province released its new Access Talent initiative earlier this summer. However, many employers are wondering exactly what this new strategy is and how it will impact their business. The strategy includes a non-binding call for employers with… Read more »