Constructive dismissal: Firing can go both ways

When a business is humming along, and workers are all pulling in the same direction, employers might never give a second thought to a...

Line item: Safety — the cost you must afford.

A shop accident can blow up a business launch faster than a visit from a Ministry of Labour inspector. When embarking on creating a new...

Lockout / tag-out

Your company’s first line of defence against worker injury  In 2004, a millwright in Hearst, Ont., was adjusting belts and a tray on a loader/press/unloader...

Small business clampdown

New employment standards legislation in Ontario is making it easier for unions to organize in the province. When Bill 148, the "Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs...

Joint preparation

Successful edge and face gluing By Jaye Schroeder Edge- and face-gluing solid lumber puts even the strongest adhesive to the test and makes it all the...

Tall wood

Enthusiasm builds in Canada for multi-storey structural wood buildings Despite historical fire and structural safety concerns, the modest, tall wood buildings movement of the last...

Labour challenge: Recruiting the right fit

Everybody wants a skilled, conscientious worker in the shop, whether the operation requires two, 10 or more on the floor. Wood shop managers across Canada...

Workers from abroad

By Dennis Furlan The year 2010 saw 283,096 temporary foreign workers come to Canada, which is the most in our country’s history. As NDP leader...

Family business, Costa Rica style

Dropping out of the clouds over San José, Costa Rica, you get the feeling you are a long way from Canada. The view includes a few modern...

Accidents happen: Are you prepared?

On New Year’s Day, 2009, Deslaurier Custom Cabinets of Renfrew, Ont., received a phone call that didn’t start off with “Happy New Year.” Instead,...