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A business owner’s response to crisis can be game-changing

2020 has proven to be the year of unprecedented challenges – from a global pandemic to rising unemployment to societal unrest. This year has hit everyone hard – including business owners.

No one was prepared for everything this year had in store. But those with the right mindset and adaptation skills will find themselves in a better position to succeed. Here are three recommended approaches to this unique period in our history:

What makes a dismissal wrongful in Ontario?

Losing a job is an upsetting experience. Employees might feel angry and confused, and many people feel like their dismissal was wrongful and unfair.

While it can certainly feel this way, not every surprising or upsetting dismissal is wrongful in the legal sense. Employers and employees alike should understand what makes a termination wrongful and what courses of action employees may take to remedy the situation.

Ambiguity in your construction contract: 3 mistakes to avoid

It may seem like you have well-laid plans for your construction project. However, have you examined the agreements you have in writing? At first glance, such agreements may seem comprehensive – addressing all major issues from pricing to fulfilment. But what does the fine print say? In the event of an unforeseen issue or change, are your best interests covered?

Here are some common issues to check for in your construction contract:

Why is it so hard for businesses to catch cybercriminals?

Cybercrime is difficult to catch until it’s too late. This is because people who engage in these activities generally know how to cover their tracks well or divert suspicion. It also takes hours of research to determine what happened and when, and to tie this activity to a particular person or organization.

Some companies do not even realize a breach took place until someone reports data found on the black web. Others might receive ransom calls. Customers might also begin to notice unauthorized transactions on their accounts and credit cards.

Avoid this mistake when advertising a job posting on Facebook

Social media has made it more convenient than ever to communicate with the entire world. It allows celebrities to connect with their fans. It makes it easy for you to keep up with your friends from high school. And it’s also become a valuable avenue to share information.

Many employers have begun utilizing social media platforms like Facebook to announce job postings and attract potential applicants. While this method of advertising offers many advantages, it’s important for employers to inform themselves about its potential pitfalls.

Are these items included in your partnership agreement?

After all your efforts working on your business proposal, finding the right location and securing all the necessary equipment, you and your partners are ready to open your business. Have you carefully examined your partnership agreement for potential hurdles?

In this post, we spotlight several items to include in every partnership agreement. Look to see if you’ve missed anything.

Understanding your rights and protections as a gas station worker

Working alone has its risks. Security guards, janitors, taxi drivers and others may be more susceptible to victimization than other workers who have the benefit of safety in numbers. But one category of lone worker that is particularly vulnerable is gas station and convenience store attendants.

In recent years, “gas and dash” incidents have been on the rise. Such crimes frequently involve robberies or other acts of violence against the gas station worker. However, accepting such risks are not an inherent requirement of the job. Employers have a legal duty to keep gas station and convenience store workers safe.

Your intellectual property is at risk without protection

Protecting your business may seem more complicated these days than it was for past generations. It was not long ago when a business owner could lock the front door of their building and feel confident that the business was safe from thieves. In modern businesses, however, there are more factors to consider than just tangible assets.

You may sell a product or service, and you certainly want to keep safe the items you sell and the equipment you use. Losing products or tools to thieves may cost your business money and other resources you cannot afford. However, if your product or service is the result of your original innovation or invention, you may have even more to defend. You may want to learn the best way to protect your intellectual property. 

What employment rights do new parents have in Ontario?

If you’re expecting a new child, you may have questions about what rights you have with respect to your job. Will you be allowed to take time off when your baby arrives? What types of benefits can you expect while you’re away from work? What assurances do you have that you’ll still have a job when you return?

To answer these questions, you’ll need to understand the provincial and federal laws that affect you. In Ontario, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act outlines the rights provided to Ontario employees. At the national level, the Employment Insurance Act offers additional protections to new parents.

Planning for success after a setback

In recent months, a lot of things have changed for many Ontario businesses. The current global health crisis has forced some changes to occur that have jeopardized many companies. In working toward getting things back on track, the businesses that have a plan in place for hard times may have an easier time doing just that.

Flexibility in the business model could be one of the biggest assets your company has. Of course, it would help to have employees willing to go with the flow and make any changes necessary to keep the business going. Ontario companies that plan ahead for a business crisis have probably taken the time to shore up their relationships with suppliers and clients in order to preserve as much continuity as possible when times are tough.

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