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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My company paid for my move. What valid business reason can I give them to move back?

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, September 6, 2015 THE QUESTION A few months ago, I relocated from [one part of the country to another]. My company paid for the move because most of my team members were in the other location. It was my decision to move. However, now […]

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My sales territory has been cut. What rights do I have?

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, August 17, 2015 THE QUESTION I sell and renew memberships for a large association. Last year I had several hundred members to look after and my membership total (after renewals, cancellations, new sales, and those that went out of business) ended up being one […]

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Help: My colleague acts as though she’s the boss

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Nine To Five: Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Sunday, July 12, 2015 THE QUESTION I work at a technology company and have a difficult time working with my colleague. We’re team leads who need to interact to do our jobs. We got off on the wrong foot when I started three years ago, […]

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