Rights and labour standards

Rights and labour standards

Legalization of Cannabis – One Year Later, Where Are the Employers?

One year after the legalization of cannabis in Canada, a survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) provides an update on the state of this (new) reality in the workplace. Disorganized – this is how many Canadian entrepreneurs feel about the legalization of cannabis, one year after the law came into force. At […]


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Wages: More Transparency by Employers?

Wage transparency is a global trend that will become increasingly present in organizations of all sizes, particularly as a result of the new provisions of the Pay Equity Act. How can you adapt to this as an employer, manager or human resources specialist? “Transparency is becoming essential, not only because the law requires it, but […]


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Reducing the Wage Gap Between Men and Women

On average, the wage gap between men and women has diminished over the past twenty years in Canada, although there are still disparities, according to Statistics Canada.  In 1998, women earned an average of $22.34 per hour, compared to $27.51 for men, a gap of 18.8%. In 2018, the gap shrank by 5.5 points, to […]


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What’s Changing in the New Labour Code?

Canada’s new Labour Code came into force on September 1, 2019. It guarantees more unpaid leave and breaks for 900,000 federal employees. More breaks One of the changes made by the Canada’s new Labour Code since early September is 30 minutes of unpaid break after each period of five consecutive hours of work. Note, however, that […]


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Employers: How to Enable the Right to Disconnect

The right to disconnect is a very current issue in the workplace. Although employees feel a certain pressure to stay “hooked” to their electronic devices even after work hours, companies can implement practices that help disconnect. In Quebec there is no law governing not being connected to work after office hours, although the issue is […]


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How to Set Up a Workplace Romance Policy

At a time when sexual harassment is central to all discussions, it’s difficult for employers to know how to manage romance at work! There are several options available to them, from outright prohibition to establishment of a dedicated policy and case-by-case reactions. One person out of three has had a romantic relationship at work, and […]


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Employment Integration for People with Disabilities: How and Why 

When thinking about employment integration for people with disabilities, one of the first questions that comes to mind is, “Why would an employer commit to going down that road?” For Jennie Volfson, owner of the Pâtisserie Mimimelon, it was mainly about giving back to those around her by paying it forward. But really, how do […]


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Vacations and Part-Time Jobs: How Does It Work?

The summer season is approaching in leaps and bounds… It’s time to plan your holidays! If, like almost one Canadian in five, you work part-time, you are still entitled to paid time off. “The duration of the holidays and the calculation of “vacation pay” are the same, regardless of the status of employment,” confirms Alexandre […]


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How to Set Up a Harassment Policy

Companies are required to offer their employees a workplace free of harassment, whether psychological or sexual. To do this, implementation of an appropriate policy is required. But how is it done? Consider yourself covered First of all, it’s not because the situation has never presented itself in your company – or you have never heard […]


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Investigating Psychological Harassment in the Workplace – Best Practices

More and more lawyers will be asked to investigate cases of psychological harassment at the workplace. What are the best practices in this area? “The norm is changing, and expectations in human relationships are also changing: behaviours may be better identified, recognized and reported more than before,” explains Élise Corriveau, CHRP and accredited mediator for […]


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What does “negotiate in good faith” mean?

Negotiating in good faith is not just a good idea, it’s an obligation! As well, trade union disagreements during a negotiation have to follow certain rules. On the site of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, Mtre Karl Jessop, CRIA and a lawyer and partner at Cain Lamarre, explains clearly and simply what […]


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Overhaul of the Canada Labour Code: Towards Better Protection of Part-Time Workers

The Canada Labour Code, dating from the 1960s, needs to be modernized. This is the finding of an extensive consultation carried out by the federal government with groups of workers, unions and private sector employers subject to federal regulation. An overhaul is therefore being prepared to adapt to the new realities of the world of […]


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