Legacy Bowes Blog

Keep informed with the latest updates and insights in the world of human resources.

Menstrual products now available in federally-regulated workplaces


Beginning December 15, 2023, the federal government implemented a requirement that all federally regulated employers are now required to provide pads and tampons to any employee who needs them while on the job at their workplace. 

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Absenteeism: the cost and how to deal with it


If your employees are not showing up to work, it can be frustrating.

Chronic absenteeism is the habitual pattern of frequent, unplanned and unauthorized absences from work, as well as any failure to report for scheduled work, or to stay at work when scheduled. Chronic absenteeism represents a breach of the implicit social contract between employee and employer - the employee is expected to be available and able to work when scheduled and that the employer pays the employee in exchange for work.

Absenteeism can cost an organization greatly, but the costs are often not well understood and easily dismissed.

To help you understand, we have compiled a definitive guide to dealing with the problem so you can set expectations, make decisions that are compliant with employment regulations and get staff at work!

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Asserting your assertiveness


How nurturing this nuanced skill can transform your working world

Being assertive is a valuable skill. Think of the magnanimous bounty hunter Han Solo in Star Wars or the magical Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series—both exude confidence, they say what they mean, they’re trusted allies, and they’re successful in achieving their life goals.

In the working world, being assertive is an equally valuable competence. Assertiveness does not mean being aggressive or domineering – it means expressing your thoughts, needs, and expectations in a confident, respectful, and constructive manner. It means being present and listening actively. It means believing in yourself and staying steady in the face of adversity.

None of this is easy, though, and does not always come naturally (like for Han or Hermione) … nurturing your assertiveness is an exercise in nuance. By mastering this skill, you will feel more comfortable with the choices you make and create a positive work environment that fosters effective communication and productivity.

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Is your job abandonment policy legal?


Have you ever had an employee fail to show up to work for an extended period of time, with no word or warning, and marked them off as a case of job abandonment?

Many employers have a job abandonment policy which states something along the lines of “after three consecutive, unauthorized absences an employee shall be considered to have abandoned their job”. There is a common misconception that this legal and correct.

In all actuality, the employer has a high threshold that they must meet in order to prove that the employee abandoned their job. A resignation must be clear and unequivocal.

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My heart work: Jennefer Nepinak's story


As someone whose identity and experience is directly linked to virtually every facet that encompasses the Truth & Reconciliation process—from being born into The Indian Act, becoming a ward of the Child Welfare System and Residential School System, to losing my beloved mother to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Girls and Two Spirit (MMIWG2S) at the tender age of seven—I am no stranger to the impacts resulting from the various pieces of legislation and policies that have been (and continue to be) imposed upon our people. I have seen it, I have lived it and I continue to live it.

These are some of my many truths; they encompass it all—the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. They have all formed a part of who I am and I continue to learn how to embrace it all in a way that assists me in engaging in this conversation.

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