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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Am I entitled to severance if I don’t want my postmerger job?

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NINE TO FIVE: Sunday, Apr. 24, 2016 THE QUESTION In a merger of companies, do you always have the option of taking a severance if you don’t want the new job offered to you (assuming you get one)? THE ANSWER When a company is acquired or merges with another, employees from both sides of the […]

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Listen to Colleen Clarke on CBC Radio talk about how millennials can find the jobs they seek

Stats Canada released its employment projections for the next quarter. Employment opportunities are down for millennials, those high school grads, university students looking for summer employment and post secondary graduates. I shared some insights with 11 CBC radio stations across Canada on how summer and first time job seekers can up their notability on their […]

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Helping Your Student Get Job Ready

Soon students will be exiting their hallowed halls of higher education, security and built in sociability to look for a summer job or, their first permanent position. Before they go off into the big scary world of commerce, you as parents can guide them as to the dos and don’ts of a proper work search. […]

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I have a criminal record. What are my job prospects?

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, February 7, 2016 THE QUESTION I have extensive education, experience and, unfortunately, a criminal record. Although I have a successful small business, I would like to add a 9-to-5 job in a sales capacity. Is this possible? THE ANSWER Absolutely possible. About 75 to […]

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Are managers entitled to overtime?

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, Jan. 03, 2016 THE QUESTION I turned down a job offer recently because the company owner insisted that “managers” on salary are not entitled to overtime pay. She would provide time off in lieu, but only if the district was performing to her satisfaction. […]

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My male colleagues are being paid more, and I’m not sure where to turn

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Things are not always what they seem. Before you get concerned about what you deem to be injustices in the workplace, have all your facts, do your homework, then take action. Colleen Clarke Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, October 11, 2015 THE QUESTION I am a visible-minority female working […]

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