Docking pay on a snow-day – is it legal?

It wouldn’t be a real Canadian winter without a super-storm or two and, at some point over the season, it’s very likely you’ll have to call a snow day – but how clued up are you on what you can and can’t do?HRM asked one employment lawyer’s advice. Do you have an obligation to pay? Missing a day at work due to the weather is completely out of your employees’ control – but does that mean you have to pay them? In a nutshell – no....

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Compensation – Unpaid Interns Can Be Expensive

Taking on Unpaid Interns? Don’t Take on a Lawsuit, Too… “… when a complaint is made, the price of an unlawful internship can be quite high. Failure to pay wages, failure to pay minimum wage, overtime, meal and rest violations, and related penalties and attorneys’ fees and costs can add up quickly.” (Ervin Cohen & Jessup) “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…” Unless, of course, that summer intern you hired decides to sue you...

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Employment agreements – pros and cons of employee contracts

Making a contractual agreement with a new employee during the potential employee interview process is not common in most fields, but it makes good business sense to do so in some industries.

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Hate performance reviews? Millennials hate them most of all

Few institutional practices are as old, or have been hated as long, as the performance review.

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Should unpaid internships end? HR industry seems to agree

For an unpaid internship to be legal it must meet strict requirements, including the condition that the employer should not benefit from the internship…

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Rising cost and frustration of employment lawsuits

How many times do you have to win?

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The Gender Pay Gap: Does it Continue to Exist?

The gender pay gap (also commonly referred to as pay equity) is a topic that continues to puzzle and engage me; my interest in this topic started almost 20 years ago when I started my career in health care and continued to plague me while I completed my post-graduate work and as I “climbed the latter” in male-dominated work cultures. It engages me because it’s a subject that I speak about often, mostly amongst friends and small...

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Lowest US unemployment rate since October 2008

Despite lower than expected hires in weather-hit December, the overall level of unemployment in the US has fallen to its lowest since Fall 2008.

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