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Turning work into a game

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in HR Issues, Portfolio/Other | 0 comments

Canadian HR Reporter Aug 8, 2014 Gamification can drive productivity, help alleviate tedium of boring jobs By Sheryl Smolkin To attract and motivate call centre staff, Allied International Credit in Newmarket, Ont., is piloting a project where employees can accumulate virtual points or badges and become eligible for prizes every time they make a call or resolve a customer service issue. Teams compete with each other and real-time results are shared online with all...

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Show me the money

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Industry News, Portfolio/Other, Retirement | 0 comments

BY SHERYL SMOLKIN ADVISOR FOR BUSINESS SPRING 2013 A dvisors who have moved into selling group products say offering both individual and group helps cement business relationships and makes their clients less vulnerable to overtures from their competitors. It also adds to their bottom line. But in the path to group success, there is key learning at every stage, particularly around the investment of time and return expectations. Take Alan Coles. In the early 1980s, he started his careerin...

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Cutting retiree benefits doesn’t fly in B.C. court

Posted by on Oct 22, 2012 in Legal, Portfolio/Other, Retirement | 0 comments

BY Sheryl Smolkin lawyer and journalist | October 22, 2012 smallbizadvisor.ca When Clarence Gustavson’s retiree benefits were changed to cut his out-of-province coverage, he sued the company that did it. The trial judge sided with Gustavson so the company, Timberwest Forest Corp., appealed the decision. Read about the first court decision: B.C. court stop changes to retiree health benefits In his appeal decision, Justice B.D. Mackenzie did not accept the company’s submission that there...

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Legal Perspective: When compliant employment contracts don’t protect employers

Posted by on Oct 7, 2012 in HR Issues, Legal, Portfolio/Other | 0 comments

smallbizadvisor.ca BY Sheryl Smolkin, lawyer and journalist | September 13, 2012 . Even when an employment contract complies with the Employment Standards Act, an employer can end up paying much more than expected if the contract is at all ambiguous. A recent case demonstrates how employers are not always protected by legally correct employment contracts. Read on to learn what advisors and employers can learn from this case. The case When John Wright was hired as an executive at the Young and...

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Legal perspective: Firing caregiver was discriminatory

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in HR Issues, Legal, Portfolio/Other | 0 comments

smallbizadvisor.ca BY Sheryl Smolkin, lawyer and journalist | September 20, 2012 The idea of duty to accommodate has typically arisen around parents with children. Employers have wrestled with the extent of this duty to avoid employee claims of discrimination based on family status. There’s another duty to accommodate concern employers need to be aware of and it’s one that’s expected to grow in the coming years. The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal recently ruled on the case of a senior...

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Your clients need a policy on flexible work arrangements

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in HR Issues, Legal, Portfolio/Other | 0 comments

smallbizadvisor.ca BY Sheryl Smolkin, lawyer and journalist | September 20, 2012 The Ontario Human Rights Tribunal recently ruled on the case of a senior architect who was fired because he frequently worked at home instead of at the office in order to care for his severely disabled mother. The adjudicator found that the company should have accommodated his need for a flexible work arrangement and awarded him $15,000 for injury to his dignity, feelings and self-respect. Read more:Legal...

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