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Canada-US border during COVID-19: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

As the nation’s risk advisor, CISA brings our partners in industry and the full power of the federal government together to improve American cyber and infrastructure security.  The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has been monitoring the evolving Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19 situation closely, taking part in interagency and industry coordination calls, and working with critical infrastructure partners to prepare for possible…

Temporary layoffs Article ( Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP)

Excellent writeup on Temporary layoffs: What Canadian employers need to know during a pandemic

Authors: Kaley Dodds Danielle Emmett Stéphane Erickson John Mastoras Chanelle Wong of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP As we all weather the COVID-19 (coronavirus) storm, we aim to keep employers up to date as circumstances seem to change by the hour. Business uncertainties are growing. Self-isolation is increasing. Social distancing is encouraged. Increasingly, staffing needs are changing.   We recently…

Working from home? 7 smart tips to help you get more done

Working from home? 7 smart tips to help you get more done

 Though work-from-home professionals like myself only make up an estimated 3.4% of the workforce, that figure is about to change dramatically. As the world reacts to the spread of coronavirus, many companies are shifting to remote work. More and more people are working from home to try to limit the spread of coronavirus. If you’re a remote work newbie, make sure you’re…

How to handle the 3 most annoying types of coworkers

How to handle the 3 most annoying types of coworkers

The top three pet peeves we have about our coworkers: Laziness: Nearly half (47%) of all respondents cited “lazy coworkers” as their biggest pet peeve. Who likes to carry their weight and the weight of someone else on a project? Bad attitudes: The second most popular answer from the survey was “bad attitudes,” with 42% of respondents citing it as a source…

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Employers’ role in ensuring retirees understand income tax complexities

Julius Melnitzer | August 16, 2019 The complexities of income tax at retirement can come as a shock to pensioners, but most plan sponsors are providing limited assistance in helping their retiring employees deal with these issues. “In our experience, much of the communication and education provided by employers/sponsors or their plan record keeper focuses on basic retirement and investment knowledge, not…

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Airbnb ends forced arbitration for discrimination and harassment for staff

Airbnb Inc., following Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc. and Uber Technologies Inc., said it would not force employees who filed sexual harassment claims to settle those cases in private arbitration. Airbnb also said it would not require employees to use arbitration in cases involving discrimination, which includes racial, gender, religious and age inequity. That policy differs from some other companies…

Taught skills, not handed credentials

Financial Times: Young Americans need to be taught skills, not handed credentials

Most education is now disconnected from the needs of students and the labour market I cannot think of a market that is more dysfunctional in America right now than education. Total student debt topped $1.5tn this year and a Brookings study found that nearly 40 per cent of those borrowers are likely to default on their loans by 2023. Some…

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Bad background checks are more expensive than you think

The world of background checks is filled with dodgy dealings, fake references and illegal ‘white lies’.For Lee-Martin Seymour, CEO of Xref, his entire life’s work has come down to improving and enhancing the way in which organizations conduct background checks on potential new hires. And it’s a mission he takes very personally. Read Full article

Five ways to get more done-by-reclaiming-your wasted pockets-of-time

Five ways to get more done by reclaiming your wasted pockets of time. fastcompany.com

I’ve just got a minute—might as well scroll through Instagram. No time to get anything real done—what’s in my e-mail inbox? The default setting for most individual’s brains when they have 20 minutes or less is to waste it on activities that give them no greater sense of accomplishment at the end of the day than if they had skipped…

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Bill 36: How to deal with impairment at work

Following the legalization of recreational cannabis, many employers are still confused about how to manage the drug in the workplace. Bill 36 looks at who can buy and sell marijuana – but also where you can smoke it. “When it comes to recreational use of cannabis in the workplace, the issue is safety,” explained Lorenzo Lisi, partner at Aird &…

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