Start 2019 off right with these popular resources

Below are a few of our latest compliance and internal control resources to help managers and employers address some of the most important topics as we venture into 2019. (See the complete list of our free downloadable content on our website.)

Recreational marijuana and the workplace

Released in July 2018, this special report outlines the difficulties employers may face with legalized recreational cannabis (also known as marijuana), the legal context at the federal and provincial/territorial levels and how employers can manage the many challenges and reduce the risks associated with employee cannabis use.

Required workplace postings checklists for Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario

Employers are required to post certain documents under employment and labour standards so that workers are aware of their rights and the employer’s legal obligations. In fact, during inspections or audits, workplace postings are among the first things government inspectors look for!

10 Top Legal Compliance Problems for Canadian Registered Charities

Registered charities in Canada must take steps to reduce their risk of being audited, penalized or, in the worst case, having their charitable status revoked. This whitepaper identifies the most common compliance concerns charities face today and offers tips to make these challenges easier to handle.

Checklist of cash management strategies

Cash is the lifeblood of any enterprise, so it’s vital to monitor cash actively and take prompt action to deal with any shortfall. This checklist will help you identify potential opportunities to optimize cash flow throughout your organization and generally manage your organization more effectively.

Model cybersecurity policy for IT departments

Cyber attacks are an ever-present threat to all organizations, regardless of size or scope. This expert-prepared sample policy includes an overview of why these internal control procedures are necessary, how to reduce the risk of a cyber attack and how to recover promptly if you are attacked.

 


 
Revisiting our most viewed blog posts of 2018

First Reference Talks

Here are a few of the most popular posts from our HR and employment law blog in 2018:

See the top 10 posts of 2018 on First Reference Talks here

Inside Internal Controls

Here are three of the most read posts of 2018 from our blog on implementing risk management:

See the top 10 Inside Internal Controls posts of 2018 here

 


 
We’ve updated our essential compliance guide
for vacations!

We’ve expanded our guide for calculating vacation pay and vacation time to cover all jurisdictions in Canada! Written by First Reference Managing Editor Yosie Saint-Cyr LL.B., Vacation time and pay rules across Canada provides:

  • An expert-prepared model vacation policy you can use right away
  • A thorough review of the minimum employment and labour standards related to employee vacation entitlements across Canada
  • Recommended HR and payroll best practices for managing vacation time and calculating vacation pay

Take a look at this free sample of the updated guide for more information.

 


 

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