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Worldwide code of conduct reasonable exercise of management rights

Many multinational corporations have issued company-wide codes of conduct setting out baseline rules that apply to all of their global operations. A recent Ontario arbitration decision provides a good precedent for employers who may be concerned about balancing corporate governance interests against the rights of unionized employees when instituting universal codes of conduct.

 

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Is it really possible to control employees’ use of company computers?

Policies can help you manage employees’ and others’ use of company IT resources, and dramatically reduce the potential risk to you and your assets.

 

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Volunteering for a charity is rewarding – But brings its own hazards

Volunteering for a charity can be a rewarding way to help out in the community but it can bring with it a number of legal responsibilities. Legal responsibility is often assigned on the basis of the role an individual serves within an organization. Volunteering, though, can muddy the waters about the position of the individual within an organization. This is particularly true in circumstances where the charity does not keep corporate records of its directors.

 

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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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Sexual harassment: Managing the risk

On the heels of Jian Ghomeshi’s firing from the CBC and the suspension of two Liberal MPs from caucus, Canadians are talking about sexual harassment. Although not a topic that is typically associated with the philanthropic sector, charities and non-profits are not immune from dealing with these types of issues…

 

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Government updates corporate social responsibility strategy for extractive industry abroad

A review of the federal government’s 2009 corporate social responsibility strategy (CSR) for the Canadian extractive industry operating in foreign countries found companies are recognizing “the need to consider CSR in planning and operations,” but are asking the government for more assistance…

 

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Four ways to avoid toxic leadership

The failure of leadership efforts can scar organizations and demoralize employees.

 

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Almighty money: Distinguishing between professional and personal worth

While tough budget decisions are sometimes necessary to effectively running a business, communicating these decisions to employees often damages employee morale.

 

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Creating a BYOD policy for millennials, baby boomers and everyone in-between

Bring your own device (BYOD), in theory, is a beautiful thing. Employees are free to use their personal devices at work, allowing for more efficiency and flexibility. Not to mention that employers save on outfitting an entire company with PCs, phones and tablets, while at the same time getting a more reachable employee.

 

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How to address the risks and effects of workplace stress

Recently, global consulting firm Towers Watson partnered with the National Business Group on Health, seeking insight into the most pressing workforce issues facing employees. Compiled in the study Staying@Work, the results identified three top stressors: inadequate staffing, low pay or low increases in pay and unclear or conflicting job expectations.

 

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Employer was not duly diligent and paid the price with health and safety violations

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The Alberta Court of Appeal just dismissed an employer’s appeal and confirmed that the employer did not do all that was reasonably practical in the circumstances to avoid the reasonably foreseeable risks that led to the fatal accident of its employee. The court noted that the fact that the employer would even consider operating a machine that no one had any familiarity with and without either its own operator or a proper set of written instructions in itself spoke volumes as to the lack of the employer’s due diligence in this matter. Therefore, the health and safety violations were upheld.

 

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Why should I monitor IT effectiveness and how do I do it?

The two definitive studies by COSO identify monitoring as a critical component of internal control and risk management. Monitoring refers to both ongoing monitoring processes to ensure that a system functions as it is supposed to (including management and review aspects), as well as ad hoc special studies and audits to review the system…

 

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Employee dismissed for cause after breach of privacy policy

In Steel v. Coast Capital Savings Credit Union, the Supreme Court of British Columbia upheld the termination of an employee on a with cause basis after the employee breached the bank’s confidentiality policy

 

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Implicit bias in the workplace studies: The HR implications

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We like to think we are all fair and objective. However, implicit bias is apparent in everyone, regardless of if you accept it or not. An Implicit Association Test by Project Implicit at Harvard University reminds us that while people don’t often speak their minds, we might actually not even know our minds. Are we purposely hiding something from others, or are we implicitly hiding something from ourselves? When it comes to strategic recruitment, implicit bias plays a big role.

 

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