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Rights and labour standards

Half of employees shop from the office

The day after Thanksgiving is not the most productive day of the year for employees: 49% of them take advantage of Cyber Monday to shop online from work. Robert Half Technology conducted a survey on the practice of shopping at work in connection with Cyber Monday among 1,400 IT managers and 1,400 employees at least […]


Rights and labour standards

Five little-known labour standards

Can my employer ask me to work on public holidays? Can I choose my own vacation weeks? Here are five little-known facts concerning labour standards. In what cases must an employer pay for work clothes? Jocelyne Cotnoir—lawyer and Assistant Director of Legal Affairs at the Commision des normes, de l’équité, de la santé et de […]


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Personal e-mails at work : Employers rights

In Canada, case law considers office computers a production tool under the responsibility of employers, who therefore have the right of control over all employee files and e-mails. Other countries are still debating the issue, however. All Canadian companies can determine their own standards as regards privacy at work. In particular, management can forbid the use of computers for personal e-mails at work. In the event of […]


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Moving towards uberization of the labour market?

In 2016, 100,000 companies around the world were identified as being related to the sharing economy. Many of us seem to be interested in it: the consumer with collaborative consumption (Uber), the citizen with a collaborative lifestyle (cohousing), the entrepreneur with collaborative financing (crowdfunding) or the average person contributing to collaborative production (Wikipedia). But what […]


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Management rights or abusive management ?

There’s a very thin line between management rights and psychological harassment when it comes to leading a team effectively. How to be a good manager without stepping over the line? Many policies and laws require organizations to protect the victims of abuse. Employees who feel violated must have access to several forums that allow them to […]


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4-day workweeks are gaining popularity

Implemented in Europe during the 90s, the 4-day week took its place bit by bit in Quebec. But, to remain competitive, businesses had to adapt part-time and demonstrate flexibility to their employees’ demands for balance and a better quality of life. Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay, Certified Human Resource Professional (CRHA) and professor of human resources at l’École […]


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Fired in an cavalier way? What happens next?

There are tons of stories of getting fired offhandedly. When this situation happens to us, we can ask ourselves what is our recourse and how far can businesses go. Exploring the issue. Regardless of individual or massive layoffs, it is always possible to do it by the book. But what are these concrete rules? Golden […]


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How much should you spend on electronic devices for work?

More and more businesses expect their employees to own their own work electronic devices (BYOD: Bring Your Own Device). But who should pay the user fees? How do you draw the line between personal and professional use? A survey conducted by the research firm IDC Canada shows that 73% of Canadian companies let employees use […]


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Disrespect at work : A nuisance to consider

What is disrespect at work ? Does it happen in businesses? What are the consequences of disrespectful behaviour? These are the questions which a CROP poll, undertaken for the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréées du Québec, wanted to answer. Respect, collaboration, politeness, good manners and courtesy are some rules of conduct which ensure well-being […]


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Overtime for 41% of Canadians work

According to an estimate conducted by the Regus company, these Canadians who do overtime perform between 8 and 12 additional hours each week. A trend that is not surprising in an increasingly connected society. In its survey of 44,000 companies around the world, Regus found that 41% of Canadian professionals tend to rack up overtime hours […]


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Legal framework for online pre-employment background checks

Pre-employment background checks. It’s tempting to check out candidates online. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google are full of public information available in just a few clicks. Élaine Léger and Karine Fournier, two labour lawyers with Fasken Martineau, note that the legal framework of such searches is the same as in the real world, however. Recruiters […]


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France Telecom under investigation for moral harassment

France Telecom under investigation for moral harassment. France Telecom might be under investigation for moral harassment. The complaint filed is an unusual as the events in question. Why has a company with almost 60,000 civil servants whose employment is guaranteed in a country with extremely protective social legislation had 37 suicides since the beginning of […]


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