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Happy Holidays: Understanding the Basics of Paid Holidays

Posted by HRdownloads on Sep 4, 2020 2:38:00 PM

For employees, a paid holiday is a welcome treat, but for employers, coordinating all the details can be a headache. It’s easier if you’re closed for the day, but many businesses, especially small ones, can’t close completely and therefore have to worry about substitute days off and calculating pay for working on a holiday.

The rules are intricate and varied, and the issues can be uncommon enough that employers don’t have the knowledge of habit to guide them. Unfortunately, employers have to master these rules; failing to pay an employee what they’re entitled to, or failing to give them the legislated time off, can land employers in serious legal trouble.

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Topics: Small Business, Holidays, Canadian Businesses

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: HR Management, Holidays, Holiday Season

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