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Author Archive - Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., Managing Editor

Yosie Saint-Cyr, LL.B., is a trained lawyer called to the Quebec bar in 1988 and is still a member in good standing. She practised business, employment and labour law until 1999. For over 17 years, Yosie has been the Managing Editor of the following publications, Human Resources Advisor, Human Resources PolicyPro, HRinfodesk and Accessibility Standards PolicyPro from First Reference. Read more

Manitoba customer service accessibility standard in force and other accessibility news

The Manitoba Customer Service Accessibility Standard (CSAS) under the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) came into effect November 1, 2015. The CSAS requires all of Manitoba’s public, private and non-profit organizations with one or more employees that provide goods or services directly to the public or to another organization in Manitoba, to establish and implement measures, policies and practices to remove barriers for access to the goods or services it provides.

 

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Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioners bring your own device program guidelines

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Using personal devices at work to conduct business (BYOD or “bring your own device”) has become commonplace in the last couple of years. Employers are implementing BYOD policies left, right and centre to try to control the privacy challenges this practice can bring about when employers access these devices to protect their data contained on them.

 

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Top 10 most read Inside Internal Controls posts published in 2014 and Season’s Greetings

The holidays are upon us and it is time to take a well deserved break. We are signing off for 2014 with a list of the top 10 most read posts published in 2014. Although Canada’s anti-spam legislation dominated the list, accessibility, internal controls and charities were also very topical.

 

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Public holiday reminders for the 2014-15 holiday season

The holiday season is often the happiest time of the year, because of time spent with family, gifts and many other things. However, it can also be the most stressful time of the year, especially at work. Deadlines are often tight because of shifting schedules, customers and workloads can be more demanding, and there may be pressure to increase performance to meet end-of-year business goals. Family demands, travel and employment standards public holiday (statutory holiday/general holiday) requirements can also take a toll. Management should not forget what employees are entitled to, and their responsibilities, under the law regarding time off during the holidays. Here is a brief summary:

 

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CASL computer program provisions come into force January 2015

Effective January 15, 2015, new rules under the Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) will impose an express consent regime on the installation of a computer program on another person’s PC, smartphone or other computer-based device. The rules will apply to almost any computer program, not just malware/spyware/harmful programs.

 

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Canada’s anti-spam legislation – Information bulletin CRTC 2014-326

On June 19, 2014, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) published Compliance and Enforcement Information Bulletin CRTC 2014-326. The information bulletin provides guidelines to help businesses and their employees develop corporate compliance programs in order to comply with the rules of CASL that came into force on July 1st, 2014. Although July 1 has passed, it is never to late to take appropriate measures to comply.

 

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Business trademarks may be displayed in Quebec in a language other than French

On April 9, 2014, the Quebec Superior Court ruled that businesses in Quebec may continue to display their trademarks on public signs outside their premises in a language other than French if no French version of the trademark has been registered.

 

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Introducing our newest guest blogger The Disability Network

We are very pleased to announce that The Disability Network (TDN) team members headed by Jerry Ford will be blogging on First Reference Talks and Inside Internal Controls.

 

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Introducing guest blogger Zach Aysan and Venn

It’s a pleasure to welcome Zach Aysan, Venn as a guest blogger. Zach will be blogging on behalf of Venn on information technology and risk that plague most modern work environments, including web applications and internal tools that help people figure out their data.

 

Federal budget 2014: What you need to know

The Federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty tabled the Economic Action Plan 2014 in the House of Commons on February 11, 2014, which confirms that the Government is on track to return to balanced budgets in 2015, with new measures that will create jobs and opportunities in an uncertain global economy.

 

Changes to the membership of the board of federally regulated financial institutions

The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions of Canada has proposed changes that would allow it to review new board members or top executives of banks, insurers and other federally regulated financial institutions.

 

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Ontario exemption for Employer Health Tax increasing in 2014

The Ontario government passed Supporting Small Businesses Act, 2013 (formerly Bill 105). The changes mean 88 percent of private-sector employers in Ontario effective January 1, 2014, are now be exempt from paying the Employer Health Tax (also know as a payroll tax or EHT).

 

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CRA announces software errors in charity’s annual information return

On January 29, 2014, the Canada Revenue Agency announced that due to a software error, they will be sending out a second annual information return package to charities subject to the Ontario Corporations Act .

 

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Protection against copyright infringement strengthened by Robinson case but at what cost

On December 23, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada rendered an important decision on copyright infringement in Cinar Corp. v. Robinson. The Court affirmed the trial judge’s finding that Cinar infringed Claude Robinson’s intellectual property and allowed a considerable increase in the monetary relief the Quebec Court of Appeal awarded Robinson. The unanimous judgment, written […]

 

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Public holiday reminders, season’s greetings and holiday break

The team at First Reference Inc. and Inside Internal Controls blog wishes everyone a very Happy Holiday Season and all the best for the New Year! / L’Équipe de La Référence et du billet Inside Internal Controls blog vous souhaite de belles fêtes et une bonne et heureuse année. In addition, we would like to remind you of the three public/statutory holidays…

 

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