Laura Williams

Laura Williams

Laura Williams is an employment lawyer and founder of Williams HR Law in Markham, Ont. She has more than 15 years experience providing proactive solutions to employers aimed at reducing workplace exposures to liability and costs that result from ineffective and non-compliant workplace practices.

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How to Handle Employees Under the Influence at Work

Managers need to be careful when responding to substance abuse in the workplace

3 Things to Watch Out For During Office Holiday Party Season

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As the calendar fills with festive gatherings, employers need to be prepared for the pitfalls of employees' celebrations. Here are three things you should set clear policies about in advance.

Should You Impose Morality Clauses on Employees?

Former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi. (Photo: Natalie Behring/Getty Images)

The scandal surrounding former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi raises key questions about the value of policing staff behaviour

What to Do With a Rogue Manager

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5 tried and tested ways to ensure you don't end up with a liability in your senior leadership ranks

It’s Not Too Late To Prepare for CASL

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In the looming anti-spam era, you'll need to govern how your employees communicate with clients. Here's what you can do now

Why You Should Demand Sick Notes from Employees

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Is it necessary for ill employees to produce notes from their doctors? Maybe not—but smart employers require them anyway

How to Fire a Dud

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3 tips to help business owners get rid of a bad hire without ending up in court

Don’t Host the Holiday Party from Hell


Three policies to keep your end-of-year celebration from devolving into a company catastrophe

The Unforeseen Consequence of an Employee Lawsuit

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When you’re sued by an employee (or vice-versa), it may cause long-term damage in areas you don't expect

Slave Labour No More: the Art of Ethical Intern Hiring

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Is it really illegal to bring in that summer intern? What SMEs need to know about labour laws

Worth the Risk? 3 Questions to Ask Before Hiring Temporary Foreign Workers

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TFWs may seem smart now, but the hiring move could hurt you in the long term

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