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The 10 biggest scams of the year: Smolkin

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Consumer savings, Moneyville | 0 comments

Shutterstock Think twice about sharing personal information online.    By: Sheryl Smolkin Personal Finance Blogger, Published on Fri Feb 01 2013 Many people believe that fraudulent schemes are isolated incidents that could never happen to them. But if you’ve read Will Ferguson’s 2012 Giller prize-winning book 419 about Nigeria’s Internet scams you’ll know better. Cons intended to separate you from your money are big business. The Better Business Bureau and partner...

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Ottawa Hospital can’t make employees cover tattoos

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 in HR Issues, Moneyville | 0 comments

      January 28, 2013 There may not be a better known facial tattoo than the one worn by former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson. Tyson started sporting the look at the end of his boxing career.BRIAN BOHANNON/AP — A labour arbitrator has struck down a dress code policy at the Ottawa Hospital that bans visible body piercings and requires employees to cover up large tattoos. The decision was handed down earlier this month and came down to what a hospital union considered an...

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Career coaches help shape your future

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in HR Issues, Moneyville | 1 comment

  Jan 21 2013 Bonnie Flatt is a career coach, helping people refocus or make career moves that will help them along the way. VINCE TALOTTA/TORONTO STAR — By Sheryl Smolkin — Tips for hiring a career coach:  Know your objectives for working with a coach. Interview three coaches before you decide.  Ask each about his or her qualifications and skills and for references.  Good chemistry is a key. You should feel a connection with your coach.  — Former National...

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GPS tracking of employees fine, watchdog rules

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in HR Issues, Legal, Moneyville | 0 comments

      January 17, 2013 If you drive a company vehicle that has a Global Positioning System (GPS), the thought that you are constantly under surveillance may give you the creeps, or at the very least feel like an invasion of privacy.However, British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham recently ruled that an employer had legitimate business reasons to collect and use GPS information from company vehicles driven during and outside business hours.The questions...

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How to add value to LinkedIn endorsements

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in HR Issues, Moneyville | 0 comments

       January 17, 2013 LinkedIn endorsements are of little value but if you manage them carefully they may be more credible. — If you are on LinkedIn, you have probably received numerous emails over the last few months asking you to endorse people for skills and expertise they have listed on their profiles. All you have to do is click the “+” sign and your picture pops up next to the skill for which you are endorsing the individual.This feature was added in September...

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An easy way to save for RRSP contributions

Posted by on Jan 22, 2013 in Moneyville, Retirement | 0 comments

Read this blog and comments on moneyville.ca     January 14, 2013 RAFFI ANDERIAN/TORONTO STAR  If there was any possible way I could forget that RRSP season is upon us again, a survey that landed on my desk last week reminded me once again of the collective angst many of us experience in the first two months of every year. A Bank of Montreal study reveals that 60 per cent of participating Canadians feel anxious about finding the money to contribute to their RRSPs as the 2012...

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