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Am I entitled to severance if my hours are reduced?

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published October 22, 2017 THE QUESTION I have worked as a technician for a medical company for more than 25 years. Over the past three years, my hours have been steadily reduced and I now get maybe 10 hours every couple of weeks. When I ask, […]

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Interviews Are Telling Not Selling

“Interviews are broken and many candidates take broken interviews and break them even more.” Eric Kramer, ‘Active Interviewing’ When Pierre was asked to explain why he was fired from his last job, he blamed the company for his inappropriate behavior. A caller phoned in to a radio show I was guesting on to ask if […]

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My employer says I’m aggressive. How do I negotiate a raise?

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Globe & Mail – 9 to 5 – Sunday, September 10, 2017 THE QUESTION I work in a large corporation with more than 25,000 employees and moved from Vancouver to Toronto 18 months ago to gain more visibility and to climb the corporate ladder. Employees here often go on extended coffee breaks and assignments are […]

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How can I find a qualified, reputable career coach?

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published July 16, 2017 THE QUESTION From my online searches, it doesn’t seem that career coaching is a regulated, professional designation. How do you know if they are reputable and qualified to provide advice? Is there a registry or a rating system, as with financial services? […]

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How do I become an adviser for studying abroad?

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Published Sunday, Jun. 04, 2017, Globe and Mail: Nine to Five THE QUESTION I’m very interested in entering the field of study abroad as an adviser/program co-ordinator at a university, but have no direct advising experience (though plenty of other relevant experience). I am thinking that a valuable way to gain experience and know-how in […]

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Is it fair for severance to depend on my next job search?

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The Globe & Mail: Nine to Five | May 1, 2017 THE QUESTION My position has been eliminated by the federal government. HR offered eight-weeks’ notice and two and half weeks for every year of service (58 weeks). I have been employed for 20 years and am 57. What are statutory entitlements versus common law? […]

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We have the same job, but I get paid less. What do I do?

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Published Sunday, Mar. 05, 2017, Nine to Five, Globe & Mail THE QUESTION In Ontario, I work at a utility in a middle-management position, in a group of three people who do the same job – often swapping projects to balance workload, filling in for each other when necessary. However, one of us is paid […]

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I was fired while pregnant. What are my legal options?

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Check out the advice I gave to a woman who was terminated while pregnant. — CC Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published January 9, 2017 THE QUESTION I am 6 1/2 months’ pregnant and, due to complications, my doctor suggested I go on sick leave before maternity leave. I offered to […]

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What will happen if I violate a non-compete clause?

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9 to 5: Special to The Globe and Mail, Sunday, Sep. 11, 2016 THE QUESTION After leaving my job as a field sales representative, I was offered a job with the competition. However, my original employment agreement stipulated that I could not work with a competitor for six months after leaving the company. I have […]

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My boss’s jokes are thinly disguised abuse. What should I do?

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, Jul. 03, 2016 THE QUESTION My boss for years has talked down to his employees. For the most part, he’s tolerable. We have an open dialogue between everyone in the office where we say stuff to each other that we probably shouldn’t. But sometimes […]

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