Tips and Tricks From HR Experts

What is Constructive Dismissal?

Darcy Michaud, CHRL - Sep 17, 2018 3:24:00 PM

When an employer hires an employee, and terms are settled upon via the employment agreement, a written contract takes force.  Often employers don’t realize that the terms in the agreement are binding on ‘both’ parties, and as important, require mutual consent to change said terms.  This is where employers who take actions to unilaterally change the terms of employment run into trouble.  Such actions could be considered ‘constructive dismissal.’ 

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Topics: Industrial Staffing, HR Compliance, HR Law, Termination

SKILLED-UP: Prepare for Each Stage of your IT Job Interview in Ontario

Ashley Wesley - Sep 5, 2018 5:30:00 PM
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Upcoming job interview for that big tech gig? Don't freak out. We've got you covered!

They want you! They really, really want you! And now, they want to interview you. Ugh. Who likes the interview process? Nobody. It’s nerve-wracking.

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Topics: Tech Tips, IT Contractors, it staffing

3 Key Items You Need to Include in an Employment Agreement

Darcy Michaud, CHRL - Aug 31, 2018 1:45:00 PM

All of us have likely read an article that outlines what should be included in an employment agreement.  However, many such articles do not explain ‘why’ it is important that certain items or terms be included in an employment agreement to make it most effective. For the owner or operations head of a small or mid-sized business, it is critical that you understand ‘why’ certain conditions are needed in a contract to allow you to effectively and properly implement and enforce the terms.

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Topics: Industrial Staffing, HR Management, HR Law, Employment Contract, Hiring

How to Reduce Employee Turnover in Industrial Recruitment Firms

Ashley Wesley - Aug 17, 2018 9:59:00 AM


The key to keeping your general labour from leaving your firm is found within the structure of your HR management system.

High employee turnover is a big issue that many manufacturing firms face.

Production workers leaving their companies leads to profit losses of up to 11% annually due to a shortage of skills. That said, turnover is not something you should turn a blind eye to. To reduce employee turnover, you will need to turn upside down the way you've been thinking about Human Resources Management in manufacturing. 

Many manufacturing firms consider their low-wage, low-skill workers as dispensable piece-workers.

As long as you can keep an eye out on the mules and set up a rigorous procedure and performance standards, your piece-workers will produce those parcels just as you expect of them. If they're good, obedient little mules, then you'll finally reward them with that carrot. 

HR systems like this are known as "Control Systems" and are one of the most significant contributors to high turnover. 

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Topics: Industrial Staffing, Retention

Finders Keepers: 5 Ways to Retain Top Tech Talent

Ashley Wesley - Aug 2, 2018 8:31:00 AM


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Have a strong magnet for your IT retention plan or run the risk of your new hire being pulled off to another company.


Finders keepers, loser weepers – or so the saying goes – but in the world of IT recruitment, you won’t just be shedding tears if a new hire runs for greener pastures. You’ll also be losing thousands of dollars in training costs, not to mention burdening yourself with a new recruitment cycle to replace them.

When you find that ideal tech recruit, you need to have an ongoing plan to ensure they stay at your company. There are plenty of recruiters actively trying to poach your talent from you, so stay safeguarded by implementing the following strategies into your retention plan:


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Topics: Retention, IT Recruitment, Tech Talent, HR Management