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Giving Compassion: Mental Health at the Holidays

Posted by HRdownloads on Dec 21, 2017 2:30:00 PM

It’s coming on Christmas
They’re cutting down trees
They’re putting up reindeer
And singing songs of joy and peace
Oh I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

—Joni Mitchell, “River”

Although Joni Mitchell’s “River” often plays on the radio in December, the song strikes a decidedly different note when compared to the typically upbeat string of pop tunes and carols heard this time of year. From the appropriately titled album Blue, Mitchell’s song reminds us that not everyone’s holidays are merry and bright. While many employees will eagerly decorate the office, bake treats for co-workers, and look forward to the annual holiday party, other employees may be much less enthusiastic about festivities in the workplace.

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Topics: Holiday Season, Holidays, HR Management

Closed for the Season: All About Holiday Shutdowns

Posted by HRdownloads on Dec 7, 2017 2:30:00 PM

With the holidays upon us, people are thinking about their holiday plans. Employees are likely planning their time off; they may be thinking about travel plans and holiday shopping, whereas employers are probably wrapping up year-end. As part of this, employers who are not considered essential services or governed by legislation may be assessing the company’s business needs for the end of the year, including whether or not to keep the business open between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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Topics: Holidays, holiday shutdowns

Taking Care of Business, Every (Holi)day: A Guide to Holidays and Holiday Pay

Posted by HRdownloads on Dec 8, 2016 9:39:43 AM

With the holidays fast approaching, many employees are looking forward to enjoying some time off. Some employees may even look forward to working over the holidays for the extra pay. Of course, legislated (sometimes called statutory, public, general, or paid) holidays are important, as they allow employees to rest and relax or celebrate various important events without a loss of pay.

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Topics: Holidays, Compensation

Safety on the Rocks: Alcohol and Holiday Parties

Posted by HRdownloads on Nov 30, 2016 2:03:00 PM

Holiday parties are a staple for many, and the workplace is no different. These parties are an occasion for merriment, and a break from the hectic pace of the holiday season. However, they can also be a time for drinking, which represents certain risks to employers. Alcohol-related incidents and fatalities occur every year, with dire consequences that reverberate beyond the accidents themselves. Through countless repetitions, Canadian courts and lawmakers have emphasized the extraordinary duty of care hosts owe to their guests; and while some owe more than others, employers certainly have great responsibility to their employees whenever alcohol and the workplace mix.

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Topics: Holidays, HR Management

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