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

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

Spot the Dangers in Your Employment Agreement

Darcy Michaud, CHRL - Jul 1, 2017 8:15:52 AM

Most employers use employment agreements or contracts when they bring new employees on board.  The employee agreement is absolutely the most important document in the life cycle of the employment relationship.  An effective employment agreement can accurately frame the relationship, expectations, and remuneration as well as limit exposure for both parties.  However, an agreement that is not well written or is lacking important details can have damaging results for employers.

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Topics: HR Management, HR Services, HR Law, HR Consulting, On-Boarding, Employment Agreement, Employment Contract, Recruitment, HR Policies, Hiring

What Constitutes Wrongful Dismissal?

Darcy Michaud, CHRL - May 9, 2017 11:27:30 AM

"You're fired!" It's difficult to let employees go, but sometimes you have had enough. Before you utter those two words of termination, read the following article...


This is the first in what will be a series of articles regarding commonly asked questions from my clients who use Donaldson & James HR Services. My goal is to both discuss common HR questions that everyone would benefit from as well as highlight the expert HR advice our clients – and future clients – receive via our Turn-Key HR Consulting. 

Terminations should never be taken lightly by an employer. Not only does the choice to terminate an employee dramatically affect a person, terminations pose a significant risk of liability if a poor decision is made or the termination is executed improperly. Thus, it stands to reason that the most often asked questions from my clients always surround the topic of termination of employment.

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Topics: HR Management, HR Law, Wrongful Dismissal